“Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts”
Charles Schultz, nicknamed Sparky, grew up in Minnesota. He longed to be a professional cartoonist. After visiting a comic strip art exhibit at St. Paul Public Library with his parents, Sparky was more determined than ever. He ripped up all his drawings and began new sketches. He submitted a drawing of his dog Spike, which was published in newspapers.
After high school, Sparky received many rejection letters but he didn’t stop drawing. After serving in the war, Sparky started drawing cartoons that involved round faced kids that became Li’l Folks and would then later develop into Peanuts.
This book promotes creative components of a creative person, passion, and perseverance.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because Snoopy is one of my favorite characters. I couldn’t pass up reading about the cartoonist who brought Snoopy to life. Readers will be inspired by Charles Schultz’s life story to pursue their passions while learning about the evolution of Peanuts.
TITLE: Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts
AUTHOR: Ginger Wadsworth
ILLUSTRATOR: Craig Orback
PUBLISHER: Christy Ottaviano Books, 2019
AGE GROUP: 6-9
TOPIC(S): biography of Charles Schultz, Peanuts comic strip
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, passion, perseverance
1) Remember a silly thing that happened to you. Draw a comic strip about that silly event using your favorite animal as the main character.
2) Charles Schultz was determined. Even as a child he wanted his drawings to be better, so he practiced and practiced. What is one thing that you would like to get better at? In what ways might you get better? Pick two choices and take action.
3) Who is your favorite Peanuts character and why? How are you like that character?
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