If you’re a Peanuts fan, you already know that the beloved characters are some of the worlds greatest philosophers. Now, the Peanuts gang is back in their first graphic novel for kids, Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, based on the work of PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz, good for both kids and adults.
After reading the book, I totally agree with the title, Happiness is a Warm Blanket!
In this story, Linus, just can’t part from his beloved blanket, even knowing his Gramma is coming to make him give it up.
The other characters try to assist Linus in losing the blanket habit. Lucy buries his blanket. Charlie Brown suggests finding substitutes. Snoopy steals it. We feel Linus’ angst as he searches for his buried blanket, can’t find a suitable substitute, and races after Snoopy.
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Even when Linus finally tells his Gramma this, she still makes him hand over the blanket. “Gramma, I know you’re against kids carrying blankets. I know you want me to give it up now. But I want to say something . . . I need this blanket. It’s the only real security I have . . . Remember the last time you were here, and you drank 32 cups of coffee? . . . Perhaps your drinking 32 cups of coffee was not unlike my need for a security blanket . . .”
Luckily, Linus has planned well and tricks his Gramma with a dish towel.
Throughout the graphic novel are familiar, favorite scenarios. One is Lucy expressing her love for Schroeder, only to be rebuffed yet again. Remember that? They end with Lucy saying, “I’ll never get married.” Another favorite interaction is Sally calling Linus her “sweet babboo.” Which he hates!
My favorite zen moment comes from Pigpen – the only one of all of them (us) who is happy with himself. “I have affixed to me the dirt of countless ages . . . Who am I to disturb history?”
Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is written by original creator Charles M. Schulz and adapted by his son, Craig Schulz, and Stephan Pastis, with art by Bob Scott, Vicki Scott and Ron Zorman.
Happiness is a Special PEANUTS Post-Con Giveaway!
Enter to win an exclusive Comic-Con PEANUTS tee (sizes based on availability), an autographed copy of the Con exclusive edition of our Happiness is a Warm Blanket graphic novel (signed by illustrators Bob and Vicki Scott and Andy Beall), and a collection of “Reunite” collectible pins. What better way to celebrate “The Year of Happiness Is…,” as the PEANUTS gang has named 2011! Join the Happiness Is party by helping Snoopy reach 850,000 likes at www.facebook.com/snoopy and by making videos documenting what “Happiness Is” to you. Follow PEANUTS on Twitter [@snoopy] and send a link to your video for a chance to be featured.
Comment below with your favorite Peanuts character to enter the giveaway. Winner will be selected with a random drawing. (Imagination Soup’s official giveaway rules.) U.S. and Canada only please. Deadline for entering is August 15, 2011, 11:59 EST. No purchase necessary. Sponsored by PEANUTS Worldwide LLC.
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