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From the Publisher

To all you Snoopy fans out there. Peanuts 2000 is a presentation of the last year of strips by Mr. Schulz in chronological order. As many of you have noticed, the Sunday "farewell" strip is missing from the first printing of this book. The problems have been corrected and all current and future printings of this book will contain the strip. The final strip is also available for viewing at the official Peanuts website.

From the Inside Flap

"Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy . . .
how can I ever forget them. . . ."
--CHARLES SCHULZ
How could any of us ever forget them? For fifty years, Charles Schulz and the whole Peanuts gang have delighted millions of readers around the world. Now, in celebration of the artist who quickly became a national treasure, this special anniversary volume brings together for the first time in book form, the last year of the Peanuts comic strip. With Peanuts 2000, there's no need to say goodbye to old friends.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 780 (What's this?)
  • Series: Peanuts (Ballantine)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345442393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345442390
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Don Barrie on December 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I got this book for Christmas, and it does not disappoint. It contains all the strips from the final year (Jan. 1, 1999 to Feb. 13, 2000), and it's great to have it all in one book. And my copy contains the actual final strip published the weekend Charles Schulz died. He may have left us, but books like this one prove that we can revisit Charlie Brown, Snoopy and their pals any time we want. Thank you, Mr. Schulz.
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It was with great sadness that I read the final Peanuts strips. The strips were fantastic and funny as always. But I did know that this was the end.
Charlie Brown would never get another chance to kick the football or win a baseball game. His love would go unrequited, as it had for 50 years. Charlie Brown reminds us, "The inside of a mailbox should always be kept clean in case you get a love letter." But he received no valentines this year either. Marcia and Peppermint Patty never got a chance to tell them how they felt. I don't know if Snoopy ever got to Bill Maudlin's house on Veteran's Day either. But if Charles Schultz were still here, would they eventually be successful? As Charlie Brown once said, "Never stay awake at night asking yourself questions you can't answer."
Peanuts seemed at first glance to be a simple strip. But it is complex and full of meaning. I read my first Peanuts strip in 1958 and they have only gotten better. The different characters seemed to be different parts of Charles Schultz. They are funny and they are thoughtful. This book is a perfect example of that.
(Missing from the first edition was the good-bye from Mr. Schultz. I wrote a letter to Random House about this. They sent be, at no charge, a copy of the next edition.)
So within the sadness there is laughter. The book is perfect Peanuts. And while his books will last forever, it is time to say goodbye. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus.......Charles Schultz, how could we ever forget you?
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Since I can remember, I was always fascinated by the Peanuts comic strip. I would watch and tape all the TV sepcials I could find, and check out all the books from the elementary school library (the shelving code was 741.5 Sch), even decorate my bedroon door with drawings of Good Ol' Charlie Brown. Sadly, Charles Schulz passed away a week after I turned 20, and it was sad that morning to read the final Sunday strip and find that their creator had died just hours before. In this chronicle, from 1-1-99 up to 2-13-00, we see the escapades of all the characters. Most notable was the direction that Schulz was taking with Linus and Lucy's little brother Rerun. If you read these strips, you can see the potential for development of Rerun that would have come. And like many, there was the question if Charlie Brown would ever kick the football, and much more. However, the fact that Schulz never revealed this, gives our imagination a chance to speculate. Some notable articles include Charlie Brown attending a dance class with a little girl named Emily, that Schulz introduced about 2-4 years ago. There is even a funny little weekday strip where Sally tries to write to Harry Potter. There are plenty of other intersting topics the gang covers, but I won't go into detail here. Believe me, this is a great way to relax: kick back and read Peanuts 2000.
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When I got this wonderful volume, I decided to read it from front to back and not skip to the final Sunday strip. Was I disappointed when the final strip was missing! Apparently, this problem has been corrected in subsequent printings and the final strip is available on the official Peanuts Web site. If yours is missing, be sure to return it for the correct version (unless you think this error-ridden first printing will become a collectors' item, and more valuable).
Authors should take note of this problem, and be sure that someone very capable takes over watching your publisher for quality issues after you are deceased. As a further example of this problem, Ansel Adams books are often printed on pages that are much too small for the images now, even though he went to great lengths to avoid having the quality of his work compromised.
I enjoyed seeing this volume. It is comprised of all the strips from the final year (if you get the right version). More than that, it was a microcosm of 50 years of Peanuts. Here are some examples:
Charlie Brown: "If I ever got a [love letter], I don't know what I'd do."
Lucy: "I'm thinking of starting a discussion group . . . People would come from all around to listen to me."
Sally speaking on her string telephone: "How do you get an outside line?"
Snoopy to Woodstock while making a sled out of a water dish: "Go ahead . . . Climb in -- Sorry . . . I forgot to pour the water out . . ."
Rerun: When told by his teacher to paint flowers -- "I don't do flowers . . . I do underground comics."
Marcie (reacting to plans to play Mary in the Christmas play): "There is no Christmas play, sir . . . That was last year.
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I just reread this book collecting the final year of Charles Schulz's Peanuts strips after having read the book when it was initially published fifteen years ago and was surprised by how fresh and innovative Schulz continued to be even after fifty years of creating a strip every single day. Yes, Schulz's artwork occasionally suffered as a result of health problems with ultra-quavery lines and characters who seemed out of proportion, yet the visual gags all work and the expressiveness of the characters comes through.

I especially like how Rerun, the younger brother of Lucy and Linus, comes to the forefront in the final year. Rerun seems more like a kid, hearkening back to the earliest Peanut strips of the early fifties; with Rerun, Snoopy is more doglike in behavior and their interactions are funny and endearing. I also enjoyed how Schulz liberated himself from the stricture of the four panel daily format and was able to mix it up, sometime employing only a single panel to get his gags across.

I miss reading new Peanuts comics, but take comfort that all the strips are available in print, thanks to Fantagraphics Press and others. It's good to see a Peanuts renaissance taking place thanks to the new movie that has been released. Long live Peanuts!
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