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A mixed-panel format picture book biography of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts. As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected chal A mixed-panel format picture book biography of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts. As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected challenges that laid ahead: military deployment to the European front of World War II, and the heartbreak of a family tragedy back home. Even so, Charles never lost sight of the hopeful joy of his early years and his love for Spike, both of which inspired PEANUTS. The comic strip went on to become the most popular and influential in comics history. For fans of Brad Meltzer’s New York Times-bestselling picture book biography of the Muppets and Sesame Street creator, I Am Jim Henson. Christy Ottaviano Books


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A mixed-panel format picture book biography of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts. As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected chal A mixed-panel format picture book biography of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts. As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected challenges that laid ahead: military deployment to the European front of World War II, and the heartbreak of a family tragedy back home. Even so, Charles never lost sight of the hopeful joy of his early years and his love for Spike, both of which inspired PEANUTS. The comic strip went on to become the most popular and influential in comics history. For fans of Brad Meltzer’s New York Times-bestselling picture book biography of the Muppets and Sesame Street creator, I Am Jim Henson. Christy Ottaviano Books

30 review for Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Wonderful biography of Charles Schulz - sure to inspire any young artist!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Delightful illustrations help tell the story of Charles Schulz--creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang that generations of people know and love. This traces the artist's childhood through the first successful publication of his comics under the "Peanuts" banner. Fans will see how numerous aspects of Schulz's life found a spot in his comics. Humane parents note: The Schulz family dog, a black-and-white hound who no doubt inspired Snoopy, is well-loved but also has a habit of e Delightful illustrations help tell the story of Charles Schulz--creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang that generations of people know and love. This traces the artist's childhood through the first successful publication of his comics under the "Peanuts" banner. Fans will see how numerous aspects of Schulz's life found a spot in his comics. Humane parents note: The Schulz family dog, a black-and-white hound who no doubt inspired Snoopy, is well-loved but also has a habit of eating things, including pins, tacks, and razor blades, without apparent injury, and this is looked upon as amazing and humorous by his people. This could provoke some good discussion about how our knowledge and standards of pet care have evolved over the years, and what would be the best way to react today if our pet would consume such dangerous objects.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Lawler

    Perfect for the fans of the Peanuts and Snoopy , especially for those not ready for chapter books. The back matter offers additional detail.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts by Ginger Wadsworth, illustrated by Craig Orback. PICTURE BOOK / NON-FICTION Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt and Company), 2019. 19. BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Charles Schulz was nicknamed Sparky after a popular cartoon character. When Sparky was in elementary school, he used his imagination to make creative pictures and his teacher told him he might be an artist one day. Spark Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts by Ginger Wadsworth, illustrated by Craig Orback. PICTURE BOOK / NON-FICTION Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt and Company), 2019. 19. BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Charles Schulz was nicknamed Sparky after a popular cartoon character. When Sparky was in elementary school, he used his imagination to make creative pictures and his teacher told him he might be an artist one day. Sparky loved reading the comic strips from the paper and drawing his own stories about his dog Spike. Sparky went to war and when he returned he started drawing cartoons that featured kids for the Saturday Evening Post. Eventually, Charles’ comics were named Peanuts and became a daily comic strip in the newspapers. This biography of the creator of the Peanuts comic strip is simple and concise. There’s more information in an author’s note at the back. The illustrations aren’t like the Peanuts illustrations at all and there aren’t any pieces of the Peanuts work in the book, which was a bit disappointing. I think most kids will pass this book by because the art isn’t recognizable. Reviewer, C. Peterson. https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Peanuts is so ubiquitous, yet I never knew much about Schulz. His story of persistence is relatable for young artists who face their own setbacks and obstacles. It was fun to see how elements of his childhood carried forward in the comic (like his troublemaking pet Spike). The beautiful illustrations pay fitting tribute with Sunday funnies colors and fun panel formatting. Great book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    When I was growing up, the Peanuts comic strip was one of my favorite ones to read when I was perusing the Sunday funny pages and the daily newspaper. Not only was the strip humorous and relatable to me as a child, but as I grew older, it seemed that the strips became a bit more philosophical and meaningful in different ways. I loved Snoopy, Woodstock, and Charlie Brown and his obsession with baseball. This picture book tells the story of this artist through panels that resemble comic strips and When I was growing up, the Peanuts comic strip was one of my favorite ones to read when I was perusing the Sunday funny pages and the daily newspaper. Not only was the strip humorous and relatable to me as a child, but as I grew older, it seemed that the strips became a bit more philosophical and meaningful in different ways. I loved Snoopy, Woodstock, and Charlie Brown and his obsession with baseball. This picture book tells the story of this artist through panels that resemble comic strips and more traditional artwork. The artist used acrylic/gouache paint, pen and ink, colored pencil and Adobe Photoshop to tell this man's interesting story. Born in Minneapolis, Charles Schultz became known as Sparky after his uncle gave him that nickname, and his artistic leanings were nurtured by at least one teacher and his parents. While he seemed to have lived a mostly idyllic life, he struggles with math and later, as an adult serving in the military, he was devastated to lose his mother to cancer. Through everything, though, he was always drawing and looking for publication avenues for his comic strips. Eventually, he got the break he was looking for, and created almost 18,000 strips over the course of his long career with Peanuts being syndicated in more than 2,600 newspapers. Readers will enjoy reading about the antics of his beloved dog Spike, who served as the inspiration for Snoopy in the comic strip. Fans won't want to miss the Author's Note or the Artist's Note as well as suggested places to visit to find tributes to Charles Schultz. Some budding artists may feel encouraged about their own career paths after reading about this man who touched the lives of so many readers through a humble comic strip.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Dobrez

    I've visited the Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa and read Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz written for a middle-grade audience, but this is a nice introduction to the man behind Peanuts. The illustrations have a 50s vintage feel that sometimes appears a little stiff. I love the illustrator's inclusion of his childhood drawing of Charlie Brown and Snoopy as he tried to learn the art. How fun it must have been to illustrate a mentor's biography! I've visited the Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa and read Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz written for a middle-grade audience, but this is a nice introduction to the man behind Peanuts. The illustrations have a 50s vintage feel that sometimes appears a little stiff. I love the illustrator's inclusion of his childhood drawing of Charlie Brown and Snoopy as he tried to learn the art. How fun it must have been to illustrate a mentor's biography!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann Haefele

    Picture book biography told with a combination of traditional text and graphic novel style. Charles Schultz knew he wanted to be a professional cartoonist since he was young, and stuck to his dreams through deployment in WWII and many newspaper and magazines rejections later in life. He was lucky to have a very supportive family who encouraged his drawing and helped him to seek out opportunities to advance his talent and interests. Lots of information about his life is in this biography , with e Picture book biography told with a combination of traditional text and graphic novel style. Charles Schultz knew he wanted to be a professional cartoonist since he was young, and stuck to his dreams through deployment in WWII and many newspaper and magazines rejections later in life. He was lucky to have a very supportive family who encouraged his drawing and helped him to seek out opportunities to advance his talent and interests. Lots of information about his life is in this biography , with even more detailed facts at the end. The illustrations really drew me in.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina Hoggatt

    I enjoyed this exploration of Peanuts creator Charles Schultz's childhood and development as a cartoonist. The comics framing by the author/illustrator is a lovely touch. Kids who aspire to be a comics or graphic novel author and/or illustrator will love this book. Thoughtful back matter includes author note, biographical information, a compendium of the Peanuts gang, and further exploration of Charles Schultz's life and work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I absolutely LOVED this book! I am a huge Peanuts fanatic, but I did not know a lot about the creator of Peanuts, as well as his back story. This book was very inspiring, and it teaches kids that you can achieve your dreams and goals with hard work and persistence. This book made me so happy and warm/fuzzy feeling, giving me another reason why I love Peanuts even more!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    A biography of Charles Schulz presented in comic/graphic format becomes accessible for many ages. Created with the colorful appea thl and simple images of "Sunday Funnies", this will be a widely shared biography and may inspire some reluctant writers to research and present an admired subject in similar simple-line, speech bubble text, linear style.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    I was a little disappointed. I expected more indepth infomation but then I am an adult who grew up in the Peanuts era. For the younger set it is a good introduction. Loved the format and the illustrations.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Solid biography that honors Schulz, the text is rather dry however and there are some big-time leaps, would have liked more information about some aspects, but the illustrations were a lovely connection to Schulz.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Rounded up from 4.75 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Laid out in comic panel style, this is a wonderful book of how Charles Schulz came to be the artist he was. Fantastic!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Gmitrovic

    Wonderful book for parents of budding artists. The childhood story of Charles Schulz and what inspired the forever popular comic strip Peanuts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS EVEN CHARLIE BROWN

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! Interesting book about the legendary snoopy creator!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Engaging, enjoyable picture book biography.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    An charming introduction to the creator of one of most beloved comic strips.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rahchell Cornish

    Beautifully illustrated. I learned a lot about Charles Schulz that I had not known.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Terrific biography. I learned a lot. Not sure if it wasn't allowed, but I wish they had put at least one Peanuts comic in the book to show his work.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Khan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diana Pettis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zahraa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

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