It's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and What Are You Reading? day at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. It's also Nonfiction Monday.
Am I the only one for whom Snoopy and Ziggy means Christmas? Maybe back in the 1970s, there was a big push to merchandise both of these comic strips, but I seem to recall ornaments, cards, candles, etc. with these characters. When the movie came out, I figured that it was a good time to stock up on books on Charles Schulz, whom I admire a great deal. Maybe a new generation will appreciate his work.
West, Tracey. The Peanuts Movie (Movie Novelization)
September 22nd 2015 by Simon Spotlight
Charlie Brown and his gang are back, doing the same things they do in their cartoons and comic strips, but in narrative form. Adults say "Waa waa waa" on the phone and in class, Lucy throws her fits, Linus pontificates, and Peppermint Patty hulas to the beat of her own bagpipe. The Little Red Haired girl has just moved into a house across the street from the Browns, and Charlie gazes on her from afar, but eventually does make contact! Meanwhile, Snoopy writes his story of WWII on an "old fashioned" typewriter.
Strengths: Now I don't have to see the movie.
Weaknesses: Very derivative, if one has been reading the comic strip for 45 years.
What I really think: Not going to hurt anyone, and may amuse people.
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz. by Charles M. Schulz, Matt Groening , Raina Telgemeier, Jeffrey Brown ,Lincoln Peirce , Paige Braddock
October 20th 2015 by BOOM! Studios
A huge variety of modern day illustrators reimagine scenes from classic peanuts or tell their own stories using the characters.
Strengths: Interesting to see how influential Schulz was.
Weaknesses: Weird size, and some of the illustrations (like the cover one) are creepy!
What I really think: This is the Wheaties of comic strip books-- not horribly bad for your health and doesn't taste bad, either.
Gherman, Beverly. Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz April 21st 2010 by Chronicle
This book is beautifully formatted, with bright colors on the pages and plentiful illustrations and photographs. It also gives a great overview of Schulz's life and work, and talks about his childhood influences. If you need to replace outdated biographies, this would be the one to get. It's a bit heavy, dues to the good quality paper, and I hope it holds up well, because it was a delightful read.
Yes, not doing well on CRITICAL reviews on this topic! Still feeling all pine bough and egg nog, I guess! Back to work tomorrow to clean out the back room. (Students are back on Wednesday. )