Part of Canongate’s highly collectible and highly praised series, with an introduction by Kristin Chenoweth
Peanuts surges into the 1970s with Schulz at the peak of his powers and influence: a few jokes about Bob Dylan, Women’s Liberation and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex” aside, these two years are as timeless as Peanuts ever was. Sally Brown elbows her way to center stage, at least among the humans, and is thus the logical choice for cover girl … and in her honour, the introduction is provided by Broadway, television and film star Kristin Chenoweth, who first rose to Tony-winning fame with her scene-stealing performance as Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Two long Summer-camp sequences involve Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty, who has decided that Charlie Brown is madly in love with her, much to his clueless confusion. Snoopy shows up at camp as well, as does Peppermint Patty’s new permanent sidekick, the one and only Marcie. The eternally mutable Snoopy mostly shakes off his World War I Flying Ace identity and turns into Joe Cool, college hipster extraordinaire. He writes a fan letter to his favourite author, Miss Helen Sweetstory, then goes on a journey to meet her, and finally enlists Charlie Brown’s help when her latest opus, “The Six Bunny-Wunnies Freak Out,” falls afoul of censors.
Also, Woodstock attends worm school, falls in love with a worm (perhaps the most doomed unrequited Peanuts love story ever!), and is nearly eaten by the neighbours’ cat … Peppermint Patty is put on trial for another dress code violation … Snoopy turns Linus’s blanket into not one but two sportcoats … Lucy hits a home run … and the birth of one Rerun Van Pelt!
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“The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated”
“A delicious wallow in a nostalgic world that has a lot more bite than readers may recall. Schulz portrays a children’s world that’s anything but idyllic, complete with fusspots, tortured artists, exclusive clubs, insecurities and kites that refuse to fly. The Peanuts landscape is the familiar neighbourhood, with trees, sidewalks, sandboxes, ball fields and remarkably generic interiors. As always, the illustrations are a marvel of simplicity and the insights are haunting”
“Highly recommended to any Peanuts fan”
“These timely re-issues illustrate not only the skill and subtle brilliance of his work but also the origins of the form beyond simple merriment”
Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922 and grew up in Saint Paul. He gained a reputation worldwide as a cartoonist for his work on Peanuts. He died in 2000.
Kristin Chenoweth is an American singer and actress, who has worked in film, television and in musical theatre. She is best known on Broadway for her Tony Award-winning performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked. She also starred in NBC’s The West Wing and the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won an Emmy Award.