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Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good Grief!

I just finished reading this biography and I found it a compelling and entertaining read. After reading it I have rediscovered my interest in the Peanuts classic cartoon strip. Think what you may about the author's portrayal of Sparky, this is a good biography that pres...
I just finished reading this biography and I found it a compelling and entertaining read. After reading it I have rediscovered my interest in the Peanuts classic cartoon strip. Think what you may about the author's portrayal of Sparky, this is a good biography that presents a vivid portrait of a man consumed by his desire to be liked and his life long passion at being the best at his craft.

posted by Anonymous on June 20, 2008

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6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

An inaccurate portrayal

Michaelis had over six years to write this book with unfettered access to all of Sparky Shulz' papers and Peanuts-related materials from the family as well as friends and business associates. In the end, he focused almost entirely on what he perceived as a very unhappy...
Michaelis had over six years to write this book with unfettered access to all of Sparky Shulz' papers and Peanuts-related materials from the family as well as friends and business associates. In the end, he focused almost entirely on what he perceived as a very unhappy cartoonist who was lonely and aloof. Much of his writing seems to have evolved from the distortions and vapors of Shulz' first marriage. Furthermore, Michaelis never met the man. My wife and I got to know Sparky through a business relationship that grew into a friendship lasting many years. This was a man with tremendous humility but loaded with creative talent. He often wondered why people loved Peanuts but he was so pleased that they did. What's missing from the book is an accurate profile of a creative genius who loved life, had a phenomenal humorous side and kept you laughing with his witicisms. His family feels betrayed by this book and more about their feelings and those of others can be learned by going to Cartoon Brew and finding the discussion.

posted by Anonymous on November 28, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    An inaccurate portrayal

    Michaelis had over six years to write this book with unfettered access to all of Sparky Shulz' papers and Peanuts-related materials from the family as well as friends and business associates. In the end, he focused almost entirely on what he perceived as a very unhappy cartoonist who was lonely and aloof. Much of his writing seems to have evolved from the distortions and vapors of Shulz' first marriage. Furthermore, Michaelis never met the man. My wife and I got to know Sparky through a business relationship that grew into a friendship lasting many years. This was a man with tremendous humility but loaded with creative talent. He often wondered why people loved Peanuts but he was so pleased that they did. What's missing from the book is an accurate profile of a creative genius who loved life, had a phenomenal humorous side and kept you laughing with his witicisms. His family feels betrayed by this book and more about their feelings and those of others can be learned by going to Cartoon Brew and finding the discussion.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    When the family comes out and says the book is inaccurate, how c

    When the family comes out and says the book is inaccurate, how can you believe anything inside. It felt sensationalized too, so I question did I waste my time reading a less than mediocre work of fiction? Whatever I found interesting I found myself questioning so I struggled through and never found myself believing or enjoying it along the way. 

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