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The Life and Art of Charles Schulz

By Beverly Gherman


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As the artist behind the beloved Peanuts comic strip for more than 50 years, Charles Schulzarguably the most famous cartoonist in the worldcreated a colorful cast of characters that continues to bring humor and comfort to millions of readers. In this distinctively designed yet highly accessible book, renowned children's biographer Beverly Gherman traces both the life events that shaped Schulz's art and the various ways in which art influenced his life in return. Acclaimed by artists ranging from Andrew Wyeth to Mo Willems, the artistic elements of Schulz's work are brought to life in a colorful layout and thoroughly explored in an enchanting text that will draw in even the most reluctant readers.

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Size: 6-1/2 x 8-1/4 in;
Pages: 128 pp;
full-color throughout, ages 9 and up
Guided Reading Level: U

Format: Hardcover
Publication: April 2010
ISBN: 9780811867900
ISBN10: 0811867900
Beverly Gherman has written biographies about authors, dancers, presidents, scientists and, of course, artists. Her engaging child-accessible style has won her many fans and many awards, including a California Library Beatty Award, a Booklist Editor's Choice, an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor, a Smithsonian Notable Book, and an Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Beverly lives in San Francisco.

Media Reviews

"A great recreational read as well as an adequate source for reports."
-School Library Journal


" insightful portrait of Peanuts creator Schulz....The bookís design--the pages and fonts are a literal rainbow of hues (black ink is all but absent)--suits its contents and makes them all the more accessible."
-Publishers Weekly


"Tracking the rise of Peanuts's success from growing syndicated strip to award-winning television property, even younger readers will get a sense that a comic strip thatís ostensibly humorous in nature must also offer human insight-a sense of lifeís disappointments and the power of imagination-to achieve the immortality of Schulzís beloved characters."


"Gherman's clear and direct prose is just right for portraying the life of the famous cartoonist for young readers. The splashy, bright design, with multicolored pages and several of Schulzís cartoons included, makes this a cheery read that may well introduce the Peanuts comic strip to a new generation....An informative yet lighthearted look at the life of an American icon."
-Kirkus Reviews