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Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulzby Beverly Gherman
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Gherman (Ansel Adams: American Photographer) presents an insightful portrait of Peanuts creator Schulz. She uses a sincere though never heavy tone that will draw readers in, as will the facts and anecdotes she has selected about Schulz, who got the nickname Sparky before he was even a week old. From his boyhood as an only child who loved the funny papers (and to draw) to his later years as a successful cartoonist whose life was cut short by cancer, Schulz always found inspiration for his art in his personal life. Shermy, an early Peanuts character, was named for Schulz's closest childhood friend; Schulz's mother suggested the name Snoopy for a family dog; and Lucy has the energy and loud opinions of Schulz's oldest daughter. Oh, and there really was a red-haired girl. The book's 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. Family photographs are plentiful, but the element sure to be most appreciated by fans is the inclusion of numerous Peanuts comic strips. Ages 9 — up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
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.
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