Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Woodstock: Master of Disguise: A Peanuts Collection by Charles M. Schulz


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Do a happy dance for another AMP! Comics for Kids Peanuts collection!
Woodstock might be the smallest of all the Peanuts gang, but he’s got a lot to say, even if Snoopy is the only one who understands him. That’s because Snoopy is Woodstock’s “Friend of Friends,” and together they write masterpieces, fly airplanes, find the perfect place to nap, and win over the hearts of readers all over the world. Whether he’s falling in love with a snowflake or crash-landing on the tip of Snoopy’s nose, Woodstock is the little yellow bird with a big personality. It takes more than a strong wind to ruffle Woodstock’s feathers, although it’s a good thing he has Snoopy to keep his little yellow feet on the ground. Don’t miss out on the newest AMP! Peanuts collection featuring Woodstock, the most recognizable yellow bird in the world—even in disguise!
Charles Schulz's Peanuts is one of the most timeless and beloved comic strips ever. Now AMP! is carrying on that legacy with new collections of Peanuts classics for middle-grade readers.
First published in 1950, the classic Peanuts strip now appears in more than 2,200 newspapers in 75 countries in 25 languages. Phrases such as "security blanket" and "good grief," which originated in the Peanuts world, are now part of the global vernacular, and images of Charles Schulz's classic characters--Charlie Brown kicking the football, Lucy leaning over Schroeder's piano--are now universally recognized. Together these books will introduce a new generation of kids to the lovable cast in time for the new animated Peanuts movie, which hits theaters in 2015!

MY TAKE:
I'd forgotten how much I loved Peanuts until I read this book.

In Woodstock: Master of Disguise: A Peanuts Collection, readers get to revisit comic strips featuring/including Woodstock. There are also activities, fun facts, and other cool extras at the end of the book.

Woodstock is my favorite Peanuts character, so I couldn't resist requesting this book. I don't know if it's because of my spotty memory, or it's because I hadn't read as many Peanuts comic strips as I thought I did, but I only recognized some of the strips. It was all good, though, because I got the full effect of the jokes.

While Snoopy and Woodstock had some funny jokes and great story arcs, my favorite being the one about the head beagle, I thought the funniest strips where the ones that included the kids, especially Lucy and Peppermint Patty.

The book is in full color, which made it more fun to read and will certainly appeal to young readers who are just discovering Snoopy and the gang. I would have been okay with just black and white comic strips, though, since the beauty of Peanuts is the characters and the story. The rest are just icing on the cake.

Speaking of icing, the extra features like the flipbook, the make-your-own-birdfeeder etc., were a nice touch, since it made this book not just a must-have for Peanuts fans, but a fun activity book for kids as well.

Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are tons of comic strips to read.
  2. The extra features keep this book from being a typical comics collection.
  3. The comic strips are funny. 

THE BAD:

  1. It makes you want to keep reading more Peanuts comic strips. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You're a Peanuts fan.
  2. Woodstock is your favorite Peanuts character.
  3. You like cute and funny cartoons. 

RATING:
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