on June 5, 2010
If you grew up on Charlie Brown (and who didn't?) and bought the paperback books and reread them a hundred times, this is the series you've been waiting for. I have all the books that have been published so far from 1950 to 1970 something. Every original comic strip (including Sunday features) is included in an attractive, incredibly well-bound format. It is very clear to me that a lot of heart and care has gone into the making of this collection. Each book has an introduction from "celebrities" such as Whoopi Goldberg, Walter Cronkite, Matt Groening, Garrison Keillor sharing the impact of Charles Schulz's characters and creativity in their life. There is also an in-depth account of Schulz's own influences and life events reprinted at the end of each book. The size of the book is also well designed. Each thick book contains two years of comic strips, but is still easy to hold and read. What a gift I gave myself when I bought these! And the editors plan to keep on going until they reach the year 2000 and the whole body of Sparky Schulz's work is in our eager little hands to savour forever.