Monday, 30 April 2018

Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz by Lee Mendelson, in association with Charles M.Schulz (Book Review)

Rating: 4 stars

Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz by Lee Mendelson, in association with Charles M. Schulz,  is a non-fiction book celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peanuts. 

It’s a brief biography on Charlie Schulz’s life, the creator of the popular Peanuts comics.  

It explores how Schulz faced many obstacles and how these life experiences inspired the character of Charlie Brown. 

It also looks at how the Peanuts characters and comics were created, and how they became a phenomenon.

Divided into sections, the book shows the evolution of the Peanuts characters and comics. 

Also included are some of his Schulz’s comic strips, and large black and white photographs. The book is a true treat for Peanuts fans.

It was interesting reading about Charlie Schulz and how he got into writing comics. His story was touching and inspiring. 

It was fascinating learning about the evolution of the comics and characters, and the impact Peanuts had on people.  

I liked the inclusion of the comic strips, I thought they were cute and humorous.

Recommended for fans of the Peanuts characters, and aspiring cartoonists. It’s a great book for parents to read the comics aloud to younger children, and read both the comics and biography aloud to older children. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Easter Book Tag

Happy Easter! I did some searching online and found an Easter book tag created by Rosie The Reader on Booktube. I've decided to do Pucks and Paperbacks' slightly altered version.

1. Rabbits - A book that you wish would multiply - So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn't have one)


This is hard because most of my favourite books are my favourite because they leave me wanting that little bit more but it's the perfect ending. 

I think I'd have to say Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho. It'd be interesting to see and Althea and Oliver's lives one year later.

2. Egg - A book that surprised you


The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey. It's a crime thriller with an unreliable narrator so it had plenty of twists and turns. I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was but I kept getting proved wrong.

3. Hunt - A book that was hard for you to get your hands on 


whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin. I had to wait a long time to get it from the library because someone else had checked it out.

4. Lamb - A children's book that you still enjoy

Penny Pollard's Diary by Robin Klein. I loved this series as a child. I recently reread this book, the first in the series, late last year and I still enjoyed it.

5. Spring - A book with a cover that makes you think of spring

the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kair. Flowers always make me think of Spring, and the poems in this book are all about new beginnings which I think is quite symbolic of flowers.

6. Rising from the dead - A book from a deceased author


The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter. I had to study this book last year for uni. I love poetry and crime thrillers so I loved how Porter combined the two genres in one book. It was an interesting read.

7. Baskets - A book that is in your Amazon cart or wish list right now

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. This book was written in such a unique format and left me wanting more. I want the hardcover copy so I can admire it on my shelf, and I want the paperback copy so I can put sticky notes on my favourite quotes (basically the whole book).

8. Candy - A book that is sweet


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The romance in this book was so sweet and it wasn't overdone. I loved how there were positive family dynamics. It left me feeling warm and fuzzy after I finished reading it.

9. Peeps - Tag people
I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.