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Happy Birthday Snoopy – review and giveaway

I used to love reading the Snoopy cartoon strips as a kid, they used to have one in the weekend paper that my dad bought and there would always be a fight with my brothers to get to that section first. However you may remember that one of my rules when choosing books for my children (and myself for that matter) is to avoid any that have started their life as a film or TV program. They are generally poorly written, lacking in any real story and quite honestly a little boring. I therefore didn’t have high expectations for Snoopy even if I do have a soft spot for the little white dog and his follicly challenged owner Charlie Brown.

Reading Snoopy

But I’m pleasantly surprised, Happy Birthday Snoop is actually quite a sweet story about Charlie Brown’s attempts to give Snoopy a surprise birthday party and of course failing miserably. I like that it’s a positive story and quite amusing in places as Charlie Brown with the best intentions ends up managing to scare, disturb and launch Snoopy into the air.

I also like the style of the illustrations, keeping some of the cartoon style but the tones are a little different to the cartoon strip and of course the bigger size allows for much more colour and detail. The writing moves around the pages into different spots and shapes, it’s even inside a balloon on one page, I think helps add some interest and at least as a reader makes it more interesting.

Matilda and Henry seem to like this book, but I think they may be at the lower end of the ideal age range. More so for Henry of course who is 3, but a good book for a child like Matilda who is just about to start school.

Charlie Brown

That’s what I think about it, now if you’d like to get your hands on your own copy (UK residents only) all you need to do is a leave a comment below telling me what your favourite cartoon strip was when you were a child. I’ll then pick one at random to be the winner, competition will close on Wednesday 17th June 2015.

Disclosure – I was sent a copy of this book free of charge, all words and opinions are my own.

12 Comments

  1. Garfield!

  2. Nichole Frerichs

    June 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Garfield was my favourite!

  3. I loved snoopy too. Used to collect the books, soft toys and ornaments. My sister collected Garfield.

  4. Your review brought up some nice memories! I used to love Charlie Brown as well 🙂

  5. Rebecca Townsend

    June 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Mine was and still is Peanuts/Snoopy, (my daughters middle name is Patty after Peppermint Patty)

  6. Allan Mortimer

    June 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I used to like Andy Capp (I’m old!) 😀

  7. Caroline Mortimer

    June 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    We didn’t have a newspaper in the house when I was young but whenever I saw one I’d flick through to find Garfield!!

  8. Snoopy/Peanuts was my favourite and my daughters too.

  9. Garfield was my favourite.

  10. katie walters

    June 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Garfield

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