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Sorry, This Has Been Done Much Better In The Past
on October 10, 2010
With so many great books out there about Peanuts, this one comes as a mild disappointment. What we have here is basically a small book of subject matter (humility, knowing when enough is enough) with a Peanuts comic strip to match the subject idea. Pearls of wisdom from the strip's main characters are also included, such as Linus: "Never set your stomach for a jelly-bread sandwich until you're sure there's some jelly" that might not work well as humor or insight when taken out of context from the daily or Sunday comic strips where they were found.
The idea of using quotes from the comic strip was done so much better in the early sixties by Charles M. Schulz's classic gift books such as: "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" and "Security is a Thumb and a Blanket." And, as it seems that the editors of this volume meant well enough in producing this book, without the input (magic) from Mr. Schulz in producing this work: "Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Peanuts" doesn't equal the earlier books that cover the very same ground as this.
I will always enjoy Peanuts, and will continue to collect the: "Complete Peanuts" series of all the newspaper comics, but this book doesn't add anything new or enlightening to the legacy of this great comic.