Snoopy: Conact by Charles Schulz

I grew up with Snoopy. We all grew up with Snoopy, didn’t we? I have fond memories of reading new Peanuts strip in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times with my father. So, I was very excited when I received the opportunity to review Snoopy: Contact!, a collection of Snoopy-centric strips. I was especially excited to share the book with my eight-year-old daughter, who is a Peanuts fanatic.

Snoopy: Contact! contains over 150 pages of Peanuts strips featuring Charlie Brown’s beloved beagle, Snoopy. One of the most recurring themes in these strips is that of the “flying ace”. Snoopy pretends that his doghouse is a Sopwith Camel, and he engages in dogfights with his archnemesis, the Red Baron. When he is not taking to the skies in search of his foe, Snoopy can be found in tiny cafes where he partakes in root beer.

Snoopy can be seen showing off his skills as the Cheshire Beagle. Snoopy can make himself disappear, until all that remains is his wide grin. Snoopy also experiences tragedy when his doghouse burns down.

Many of these strips originally appeared in the 1960s, so unless you have a Peanuts fanatic in your house, this might be children’s first exposure to some of these Peanuts storylines. Even if you are a longtime fan of the strip, this might be your first exposure to the strips is full color.

I would definitely recommend Snoopy: Contact! Many of the Peanuts characters have predictable personalities: Charlie Brown tends to be hapless, Linus loves his blanket, and Lucy is gruff and bossy. But Snoopy is often unpredictable; his talents are endless and it’s impossible to tell what he’ll do next. My daughter says that she would recommend this book to other kids because Snoopy is cute and adorable. She says that the strips are also very funny, and will make children laugh. There might be a Peanuts movie coming out later this year, but Snoopy: Contact! is an excellent resource for some of the more classic Peanuts moments.

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