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****The Complete Peanuts

The Definitive Collection of Charles M. Schulz's Comic Strip Masterpiece

1953 to 1954

by Charles M. Schulz

introduction by Walter Cronkite

Reviewed May 12, 2005.
Fantagraphics Books, New York, 2004.  325 pages.
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#2, Humorous Nonfiction)

Here’s the second volume in the series that is planned to have every single Peanuts comic strip drawn by Charles Schulz.

In this book, we’re still in the “early” period.  Linus is still a baby, though he learns to stand and then to speak.  He develops some surprising abilities.  Lucy still sleeps in a crib.  She’s more of a “fussbudget” than “crabby.”  Linus has his blanket, and Lucy already explains to Charlie Brown that it gives Linus “security and happiness.”

There are lots of negative emotions expressed in these strips.  Schulz didn’t portray childhood as all sweetness and light.  Perhaps that is what makes it seem so authentic, what makes us relate to Charlie Brown so well, even fifty years later.

Reviews of other books about the work of Charles Schulz:
Peanuts:  The Art of Charles M. Schulz, edited by Chip Kidd
Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life, edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz

More books in the series:
The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 1952
The Complete Peanuts: 1955 to 1956
The Complete Peanuts: 1967 to 1968
The Complete Peanuts: 1969 to 1970
The Complete Peanuts: 1971 to 1972
The Complete Peanuts: 1973 to 1974
The Complete Peanuts: 1999 to 2000

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