This charming book is a story about a boy nicknamed Sparky and his beloved dog, Spike. Spike is the most amazing dog ever. He inspires Sparky to draw. Someday, Sparky will be an artist. Based on the childhood of Charles Schulz, creator of the world-renowned Peanuts comic, and the dog who inspired the most beloved dog of all—Snoopy—this book will resonate with children everywhere. Sparky & Spike includes a biographical note, as well as archival photographs of Sparky and Spike and a letter Charles Schulz wrote to the book’s illustrator, Dan Andreasen, when Andreasen was a boy.
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Barbara Lowell is an author of picture-book biographies and creative nonfiction. She lives in Oklahoma. Dan Andreasen is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has created artwork for more than 50 picture books. He lives in Medina, Ohio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was such a fun biography to read and examine. Barbara Lowell and Dan Andreason did an amazing job of putting us right into the shoes of this young child as he dreams of being a cartoonist. Sparky's love of comics was inspired by his dad, encouraged by his teacher, and reinforced as the sole reason for interaction by his classmates. Persistent, he studied, practiced, and worried whether he was good enough. Drawn with a cartoon-like style, Sparky and Spike explores the ups and downs of the first published illustration of Spike in the 1937 Ripley's "Believe it or Not" Sunday comics. Confirming for Charles Schultz that he had the talent to pursue a career as a cartoonist. And launched a smart, white dog, with black spots, as a world-wide phenomenon. I LOVE the Illustrators note - a real note to a young boy - Dan Andreason - from Charles Schultz himself, suggesting that Dan draw and read as much as possible! And now Dan is illustrating a book about his hero, It can't get better than that. Karma? Cosmic fate. Perhaps. But an excellent biography sure to inspire the next generation who dream of being illustrators or cartoonists.