Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz

Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811867900
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/21/2010
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,185,900
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

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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"From the engaging author's note to the moving conclusion, Gherman has written a loving tribute to an American icon.... Thank you, Charles Schulz, and thank you, Beverly Gherman, for letting us get to know Sparky." - San Jose Mercury News

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Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book but not on my NOOK! It is a great book! *I gave a 5 star rank*
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amclellan0908 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This biography is one of my favorites. It begins with a note from author Gherman, who shares that her own interest in the Peanuts comic strip sparked an interest in the man behind the beloved Charlie Brown. The table of contents appears in bubble format, and each page in the text is a different color and has different colored words on it. Sparky is like a pseudo graphic novel; each chapter contains strips from Peanuts and other of Schutlz's comics. Reading his biography gave insight into how he named and characterized the beloved Peanuts game. His own nickname in the Army, Charlie, became the basis for Charlie Brown. Before losing her battle with cervical cancer, his mother suggested getting another beagle and naming it Snoopy. Lucy's personality mirrored that of his first wife's. If I were going to teach nonfiction strictly from the standpoint of biography or autobiography, I would use this text as the central one. It is thorough without being tedious, and I know students would be interested in the book because as I read this during our SSR time, I had a few ask me why I was reading a picture book and if they could borrow it. I think interesting conversations could happen about author's choice (colored pages, colored text, use of Schultz's drawings) to make students think about the importance of writing decisions.
lindamamak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WOnderfully told biography of one of the most influential and talented cartoonists of the 20th century. Charles Schultz
Sandra305 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the colorful cartoon strips on the cover and the cartoons interspersed throughout the book. Our grandkids found this a fun book to read and yet learned a lot about the serious side of Schulz's life as well. All in all, a good overview of Schulz's life.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A colorful biography of one of the most successful and best-known American cartoonists! Charles Schulz was born in 1922 and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota during the Great Depression. He was always doodling and drawing, and ended up taking art school correspondence courses (he got his assignments in the mail and then mailed in his finished work). He graduated from art school six days before Pearl Harbor was bombed, and he was drafted into the Army months later. Before he shipped out to Europe, he saw his very ill mother for the last time before she passed away. One of her last requests was that he name their next dog... Snoopy. He was a good soldier, and earned promotions and a medal for excellence in combat. When he arrived home, he found a variety of jobs that kept him busy until he was able to sell his first comic strip to the United Features Syndicate in New York. It was called "Lil' Folks" -- but the editors renamed it "Peanuts." That was the beginning of more than 50 years of comic strips! Not all of his life was as successful, though, and this book doesn't skip those parts of his story. Charles Schulz knew heartbreak and sadness, and was worried that people wouldn't like his work... even after he had won awards. The lessons he learned became the lines for his Peanuts characters, and newspaper readers all over discovered their own problems and laughs in the world he created. I especially liked the larger size font and colored pages, and how the designer alternated pages of text with pictures and cartoons. 4th-8th grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A throughly delightful book about a respected man who had his fingers on the pulse of the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Charles Schultz. I've always loved Peanuts and Charlie Brown and all the kids. it's good to know more about their creator. I recommend this book.Very enjoyable and complete biography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comeing soon
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So to enjoy please get the hard cover if you read the editorial reviews says it hasvery little black ink m.a.@sparta