Gr 6 Up-Beginning with a history of cartooning and the place of cartoons in popular art today, Steffens and Weaver then look at the lives and careers of six individual artists. Charles Schulz, Chuck Jones, Garry Trudeau, Cathy Guisewite, Matt Groening, and Scott Adams are profiled in the 8-to-14 page entries. Discussions of each cartoonist's work are supplemented and authenticated by quotes from scholars and contemporary observers of the time. Clear black-and-white photographs and reproductions of the subjects and their drawings add a necessary visual dimension to the text. The writing is clear, unbiased, and interesting. General readers will enjoy reading about some of their favorite cartoonists and may even be encouraged to read other books in the series.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.