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What more can I say about these wonderful collections? I’ve enjoyed each one immensely so far; they make me laugh and grin and even smirk a little from time to time. A few of the Sunday pages seemed familiar, and thinking back I realized I started buying a Sunday paper fairly regularly around this time. But I didn’t start reading a daily paper until the early 1990s, so there’s lots of essentially unseen PEANUTS for me to still read and enjoy.
Woodstock and Snoopy get plenty of attention in this book, especially on the Sunday pages, but there’s also room for the rest of the gang, from Sally and Peppermint Patty’s school struggles to Lucy’s tenacious romancing of Schroeder to Charlie Brown’s baseball team. Lots more, too. No new continuing characters this time, though Rerun gets something to do: riding on the back of his mom’s bike…precariously, as she’s not a good rider herself.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned before what a great job the artist known only as Seth is doing on the design of these books. His work shows up mainly on the introductory pages, closing pages, and the covers, but his choice of colors is subtle and smart, and he finds fascinating background elements to play with that have me looking for them as I read through.
The introduction by Billie Jean King was informative and apt this time, as she was a good friend of Schulz, and is even mentioned by name in this collection’s strips.
Top notch book. You can’t have a much better time than reading these collections. Highly recommended.