Sparky: The Life And Art Of Charles Schulz


When Charles Schulz was just a week old, his Uncle named him "Sparky," after a cartoon character he loved. Not only did the name stick, but Sparky knew from a very early age that he wanted to draw cartoons as a career.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Transitional readers will enjoy this story-behind-the-story of popular cartoon characters. Parents will love the chance to "spark" an interest in a cartoon series they loved as kids.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although each page spread includes an illustration and text, the text covers the entire page. Kids who aren't ready for text-dense pagss may get frustrated.

Young Reader Reaction

My daughter picked this as a biography project for school (third grade). She knew about Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang, but she was fascinated by all of the other things that she learned. Every couple pages she would stop to read us a paragraph or tell us about something that piqued her interest.

Parent Reaction

After my daughter finished reading, I read the book. The layout is very "Shulz-ish," with speech bubbles and bright colors (Charlie Brown yellow). I also loved that it didn't idealize either Shulz' craft or his life. Instead it showed how he drew on the tough times as positives for telling a story in just a few panels.

Type of Book:
This is a biography for kids about the life of Peanuts creator Charles Schultz.
Educational Themes:

In addition to learning about Charles Schulz, readers can learn about art, drawing, careers and professionalism, as well as approaches to life.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is an interesting book, but is better suited for a school or public library than your home bookshelves.

Title Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz
Author Beverly Gherman
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2010
ISBN 9780811867900
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Biography, Art
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