Sunday, April 27, 2014


It's difficult to believe that Charles Schulz passed away in 2000. However, Schulz drew nearly 18,000 "Peanuts" strips in his life and "Peanuts" continues to carry on after his death. SNOOPY COWABUNGA! is a collection of "Peanuts" strips that mostly focuses on Snoopy. These strips have been published at least twice before in newspapers: they were published once when Schulz was alive and they were republished again after his death. There are dates listed next to the comics, but these dates refer to the second newspaper printings and not the original newspaper printings. I'm a huge fan of Charlie Brown and the "Peanuts" and I love seeing new books out that are being marketed towards younger people. Schulz always did that when he was alive and I'm glad that it continues.

At the end of the book there is a how to list of some activities kids can do: how to make a Woodstock bird feeder, how to make a Snoopy's doghouse origami; and how to make a Snoopy finger puppet. There are also some facts about Charles Schulz as well as a short history of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and some questions for reflection. There's also a list of places to go for further information. New versions of the book also contain a pull-out poster of the book's cover. Lastly, along the side margins of SNOOPY COWABUNGA! there is a flip book.

SNOOPY COWABUNGA! is not a complete "Peanuts" collection or treasury. Instead, it's a collection of "Peanuts" comics mostly having to do with Snoopy and is aimed at children.

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