Snoopy’s Happy Tales by Charles M. Schulz

Snoopy’s Happy Tales by Charles M. Schulz. Simon & Schuster, 2021. 9781665900638

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? Snoopy is the brainchild of Peanuts comic creator Charles M. Schulz, which started in 1950 and continued until its creator’s death in 2000. The characters and the cartoon itself are iconic. In this volume the creatures from “Peanuts” have been plucked from the comic and placed into a flat, five-chapter narrative that pretty much destroys any of Schulz’s original comic intent. Funny and adorable moments between Snoopy and Woodstock that would have been intriguing and hilarious in pictures have been turned into stilted and over-explained dialogues.  The illustrations are familiar but stark and without the amusing subtleties of the cartoon format. The redeeming qualities are that…well, it’s Snoopy. It’s kind of hard to take down Snoopy. He’s still cute and a major part of the childlike Peanuts landscape. Too bad he couldn’t have stayed in the comics where he truly shines.

Anything you didn’t like about it? See above

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read the original Peanuts comics by Charles M. Schulz and meet Snoopy and all his friends in their natural habitat.

Who should buy this book? This is an alternative purchase

Where would you shelve it? I’m not sure – perhaps in the picture books?

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 21, 2021

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