Born to Draw Comics
The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts
Ginger Wadsworth; illustrations by Craig Orback
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Born to Draw Comics, a mixed-panel format picture book biography of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts.
As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected challenges that laid ahead: military deployment to the European front of World War II, and the heartbreak of a family tragedy back home. Even so, Charles never lost sight of the hopeful joy of his early years and his love for Spike, both of which inspired PEANUTS. The comic strip went on to become the most popular and influential in comics history.
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Praise for Born to Draw Comics
"A wonderful homage to Schulz and a perfect first biography for young readers."—School Library Journal
"Fittingly, pictures and text pull equal weight in this warm and perceptive portrait of Schulz’s life . . . Orback deftly integrates references to Schulz’s work into scenes that convincingly evoke the era and the celebrated cartoonist’s earnestness and devotion to his craft."—Publishers Weekly
"After describing the loss of his mother and his service in WWII as a young man, the book focuses on his determination to become a syndicated cartoonist and his success . . .The paneled artwork gives context to Schulz’s life. An author’s note, a photo of Schulz, and more back matter add further details to this charming story."—Booklist
"Wadsworth thoughtfully spotlights biographical moments like this to emphasize Schulz’s lifelong love of drawing and comics . . . Orback’s art pays tribute to Schulz’s love of comics, using thick-black-lined frames and sometimes incorporating panels to mimic a comic-strip layout. His clean-cut, realistic illustrations also inconspicuously include iconic Peanuts references."—Horn Book