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Happiness is a Warm Puppy (Peanuts) Hardcover – May 28, 2006

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Charles M. Schulz is a legend. He was the hand and heart behind fifty years of Peanuts, which featured one of the world’s most beloved and recognizable cast of cartoon characters, until his death in 2000.
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Product Details

  • Series: Peanuts
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Cider Mill Press; Gift edition (May 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933662077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933662077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles M. Schulz was born November 25, 1922 in Minneapolis. His destiny was foreshadowed when an uncle gave him, at the age of two days, the nickname Sparky (after the racehorse Spark Plug in the newspaper strip Barney Google).

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.

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I thank whoever reproduced these little gems!!! I owned this in elementary school and saw it featured in a woman's magazine and flipped! This book is still as great today as it was then. I bought one for my neighbor's grandaughter and she loves it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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I remember this book so well that I can even recall how it smelled as I read it as a preschooler. This is a great little book--not outdated in the least, even almost 40 years after it first came out. My childhood copy disintegrated years ago, but I was lucky enough to find it secondhand for my own kids, who like it as much as I did. The wildly-colored pages are a precursor to sixties "groovyness," but the text is years before its time. I think children need to be taught to appreciate the little things in life just as much as adults. It is possible (and maybe necessary) to find satisfaction in daily situations. One of my favorite pages in the book shows Linus working on a jisaw puzzle. "Happiness is finding the little piece with the pink edge and part of the sky and the top of the sailboat." How true!
"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.
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It's great to have this book again. I had the first editions of all the small "square hardbacks" in the 60's, but lost them somewhere along the line.

They reflect the simplicity and warmth of PEANUTS in their very format.

Happiness Is a Book By Charles Schulz!
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This is the first book Charles Schultz ever published, and it still remains his greatest work! This volume is a charming and peaceful as it was when my sister first had a copy back in 1963! This edition is a remarkably perfect copy of the original first edition! It's for anyone who loves the Peanuts gang, and for the new generations that are discovering the joy of Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Charlie Brown. Filled with quotable wisdom. It's timeless.
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This was my favorite book when I was little my Mom would read it to me all the time and when I learned how to read I read it all the time, the cute book just gave you a happy warm feeling! I wish I still owned the book but unfortunately it was given away but I would love to find this book again not only for me for sentimental reasons but also for my niece! Please reprint this book!
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"Happiness Is A Warm Puppy" by the late cartoonist Charles Schulz who created the "Peanuts" comic strip is a very simple yet inspiring book. It looks at the simple things in life that can give us the most pleasure and happiness but have been forgotten in this high pace, instant gratification world we have come to live in. "Happiness" however helps us to put things in perspective and reminds us it is not how much things we acquire in life or how much wealth or fame we achieve that matter. It is the simple things in life that bring the greatest pleasure and happiness.

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.
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I;ve followed the Peanuts gang ever since they first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. This book brings back happy memories of the gang & I'd recommend it to any Peanuts reader as a "must have".
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I had, and loved, this book as a child. I just bought it to give to my god-daughter. Hadn't seen it in years. Sweet and heartwarming. Brought a smile to my face.
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