Monday, March 18, 2019

Sparky & Spike

Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and The Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever. Barbara Lowell. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen. 2019. Cameron Kids. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Sparky's dog, Spike, is a white dog with black spots. He's the wildest and smartest dog ever. Spike rings the doorbell to come inside. He only drinks from the bathroom faucet. And he knows more than fifty words.

Premise/plot: This picture book stars a young--very young--Charles Schulz, a.k.a "Sparky." Sparky loves, loves, loves his dog. But he's also interested in drawing. He is especially interested in drawing cartoons. But it isn't easy--will he ever be good enough to get published?!

My thoughts: I liked this one. It is not a picture book biography necessarily. Though it is biographical. Readers catch a glimpse of Schulz as a young boy with a dream. Perhaps readers will have dreams of their own that seem--at this moment--impossible. This is a great inspirational read. And I personally LOVE Peanuts and Snoopy.

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 9 out of 10

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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