Genre: Children/Graphic Novel/Comics/Humor
Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Theme: Humor, Friendship, Loyalty
This book was given for free, courtesy by NetGalley.
In this graphic novel, comes the classic Peanuts gang: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and others in several silly, quick, and quirky stories.
When I first saw this on NetGalley, I was excited to give it a try. I normally don’t enjoy graphic novels, but I figured since this features The Peanuts and I really enjoyed (and still enjoy, at times) the show/movies, I might enjoy this, as well.
This collection of stories brings the lovable characters in very similar type of situations that they have always had – Sally in love with Linus, Snoopy trying some new thing and acting more human than dog, Peppermint Patty misinterpreting a situation, and so much more. There were plenty of times when I smiled and chuckled. It brought back such a sense of nostalgia that warmed my heart.
One of the aspects that I liked was how outdoor-oriented the characters were. Charlie Brown took charge of a baseball team, children skated, Peppermint Patty made a snowman, Snoopy played tennis, etc. This is such a positive spin on what children can do outside the school hours instead of just watching television. There was a bit of TV watching with one character, but it definitely wasn’t the focus.
On the other hand, there was a fair number of violence and relationship issues throughout, which can be problematic for children. There were several moments of punching, fighting, calling someone “stupid”, and anger that I was surprised about. Maybe I ignored these scenes while growing up, but I didn’t enjoy them now. Also, there were two girls “fighting” over the affection and love for a boy, claiming it’s love. This rubbed me the wrong way; it doesn’t really show anything positive about relationships, which these characters are far too young for anyway. It just seemed inorganic in a children’s comic strip and unnecessary.
The only other issue I have was the jumpiness of the collection. I don’t know if it’s the copy I received, but when a scene switched, there wasn’t a clear transition and everything just seemed so choppy. It would have been better if there was a clear break in between storylines, and perhaps if the storylines weren’t as quick.
Overall, it was nice revisiting The Peanuts, but it didn’t hold up to what I pictured them to be.
I would recommend this collection to those who have enjoyed the Peanuts, and caution parents with children about the violence included.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
7 out of 50 books for review for 2018
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