Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz by Beverly Gherman

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Four paw prints. Poor ol' Charlie Brown. He never kicks the football, he never wins the baseball game, and he never wins the love of the little red headed girl. But his life has never been horrible. He has a best friend in Linus, a crazy dog named Snoopy, and a whole cast of characters in his town who are his friends. You might be wondering how he can have all these friends when he appears to be such a, well...loser. It's all because of his creator Charles Schulz. Charles Schulz (known as Sparky to his family) was an awkward boy. He was very shy, he didn't have many friends, he couldn't talk to girls, he was even too shy to talk to some of his teachers. But there was one thing that he could do well and that was draw, and his dream was to draw comic strips in the newspaper. He lived what many people would consider an ordinary (some would say boring) life. He was close to his family, he rarely traveled (except for his tour of duty during World War II), and he enjoyed working hard to be the best at what he did. It was this ordinary life that helped him create a comic strip about a bunch of kids living ordinary lives, and it was their ordinary lives that people read every day for over 50 years to help themselves get through everyday life. Who would have thought living a plain life and doing everyday things could be so rewarding? Over the years I have read many books about artists and illustrators, including Charles Schulz, and I thought this book was good. I would have preferred a few more details about his life but I don't think kids will notice that there a few gaps in his life. I do think this is a very good book to introduce Charles Schultz to kids, and I think most kids would enjoy reading this book. To learn more about Charles Schutz visit:
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