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Happiness is a Warm Puppy (Peanuts) Hardcover – May 28, 2006
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In his senior year in high school, his mother noticed an ad in a local newspaper for a correspondence school, Federal Schools (later called Art Instruction Schools). Schulz passed the talent test, completed the course and began trying, unsuccessfully, to sell gag cartoons to magazines. (His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It Or Not! installment.) Between 1948 and 1950, he succeeded in selling 17 cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post--as well as, to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press, a weekly comic feature called Li'l Folks. It was run in the women's section and paid $10 a week. After writing and drawing the feature for two years, Schulz asked for a better location in the paper or for daily exposure, as well as a raise. When he was turned down on all three counts, he quit.
He started submitting strips to the newspaper syndicates. In the spring of 1950, he received a letter from the United Feature Syndicate, announcing their interest in his submission, Li'l Folks. Schulz boarded a train in June for New York City; more interested in doing a strip than a panel, he also brought along the first installments of what would become Peanuts--and that was what sold. (The title, which Schulz loathed to his dying day, was imposed by the syndicate). The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday, January 6, 1952.
Diagnosed with cancer, Schulz retired from Peanuts at the end of 1999. He died on February 13, 2000, the day before Valentine's Day--and the day before his last strip was published--having completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each and every one fully written, drawn, and lettered entirely by his own hand--an unmatched achievement in comics.
Top Customer Reviews
"Happiness is a Warm Puppy" is as genuinely appealing as it was years ago. It's easy to see why the book is still sought out at online auctions. This is a little book of endearing philosophy that will survive another 40 years.
They reflect the simplicity and warmth of PEANUTS in their very format.
Happiness Is a Book By Charles Schulz!
I first got my copy of this book almost 50 years ago and ever so often in the past I would take out this little book to remind just what those simple pleasures are. It is always a help in putting things in perspective for me in life. Best of all this is a book that anyone of any age can get something out of. If you are a parent of small children this is a great book to get to read to them. The book of course includes the artwork of Charles Schulz so they can looks at the pictures of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the rest of the gang as you read to them. If you are a fan of the comic strip "Peanuts" then this book will serve as a nostalgic reminder of the tremendous talent that Charles Schulz had. Really though this is a book anyone can get enjoyment out of reading again and again. It has been awhile since I last read this delightful little book. Think it is time to pull "Happiness Is A Warm Puppy" out and give it another read. I highly recommend you do the same.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a favorite book from childhood. I wanted a copy for my bookshelf.Published 10 days ago by C. M.
I had a copy of this book when I was a child and it was a very pleasant and meaningful read. I was so pleased to find it still in print and had to get a copy to share with my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew
Heart warming. Reminds us to notice and appreciate life's small gifts.Published 3 months ago by Barcelona Cathy
Had this as a child. So thrilled to have it again for the future. All warmth and happiness.Published 3 months ago by J. Berman