Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts

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Henry Holt & Company
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9.1 X 11.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Ginger Wadsworth is the author of many informational titles for young readers, including Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers, which was named a Nonfiction Honor Book by VOYA and received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Juvenile Nonfiction, and First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low. She lives in Orinda, California.

Craig Orback has illustrated many books for young readers, including Gifts from the Enemy and The Can Man, among others. His work has also appeared in children's magazines and school textbooks. He lives with his family in Seattle.


"A wonderful homage to Schulz and a perfect first biography for young readers."--School Library Journal

"Fittingly, pictures and text pull equal weight in this warm and perceptive portrait of Schulz's life . . . Orback deftly integrates references to Schulz's work into scenes that convincingly evoke the era and the celebrated cartoonist's earnestness and devotion to his craft."--Publishers Weekly

"After describing the loss of his mother and his service in WWII as a young man, the book focuses on his determination to become a syndicated cartoonist and his success . . .The paneled artwork gives context to Schulz's life. An author's note, a photo of Schulz, and more back matter add further details to this charming story."--Booklist

"Wadsworth thoughtfully spotlights biographical moments like this to emphasize Schulz's lifelong love of drawing and comics . . . Orback's art pays tribute to Schulz's love of comics, using thick-black-lined frames and sometimes incorporating panels to mimic a comic-strip layout. His clean-cut, realistic illustrations also inconspicuously include iconic Peanuts references."--Horn Book