Celebrating Peanuts 65 Years

(Andrews McMeel Publishing)

 

A collection of over 2,000 Peanuts cartoons - what more do you need to know?!

 

Author: Charles M. Schulz

Genre: Comic Strips / Cartoons

Reader Appeal: All Ages

 

October 2, 1950, marks the date that Charles Schulz (“Sparky” to his friends and family) published the first Peanuts comic strip about a society of children trying to navigate the treacherous waters of growing up. It launched somewhat inauspiciously, in seven American newspapers. For the next five decades, until his death in the year 2000, ol’ Sparky faithfully told daily stories of the Peanuts gang that we grew to know and love.

 

We learned about Charlie Brown, the lovable loser and hero of Schulz’s strip; about Linus, the blanket-toting philosopher who was Charlie Brown’s best friend; about Linus’s sister, Lucy, the “fussbudget” who wreaked havoc wherever she went. We learned about Schroeder (piano player!), Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, and of course, The Little Red-Haired Girl. Today, the whole Peanuts gang that Sparky created lives on, still appearing in over 2,000 newspapers in 75 countries in 25 languages.

 

In honor of this legacy, 2015 marked the release of the oversized, collectible book, Celebrating Peanuts 65 Years. Here are the top four things you need to know about this fun collection:

 

1) There are over 2,000 Peanuts cartoons in this book! They run the gamut of styles, from simple line art, to four-panel gags, to color-filled Sunday comics. Hours and hours of entertainment.

 

3) All the comic strips included here are arranged chronologically by decade, meaning the book begins with Peanuts comics from the 1950s, and then progresses through the 1960s, 1970s, and so on, until they end with strips created in 2000.

 

4) Each decade of cartoons is prefaced with an introduction that highlights the introduction and background of specific characters and how they reflected the times they were created in. (For instance, did you know that Snoopy’s imaginary battles with the Red Baron didn’t debut until October 10, 1965—full 15 years after Peanuts first began?)

 

2) Sprinkled within the pages are quotes from Charles M. Schulz himself, drawn from his thoughts recorded in interviews or his writings, revealing interesting behind-the-scenes insights from the creation of his beloved characters and stories. (For the scholar and/or historian in your family, sources for these quotes are all documented on the final page of this book.)

 

Ready? Enjoy Celebrating Peanuts 65 Years with your whole family today.

 

Let's Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this book:

 

• When you read Peanuts, which character seems most like you? Why?

• Why do you think Peanuts has stayed so popular for so many years? Defend your answer.

• If you met Charlie Brown, what would you say to him? What do you think he’d say to you?

 

--AS

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