“Snoopy: Cowabunga” by Charles M. Schulz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013)

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Snoopy is a timeless comic strip by the late and great Charles Schulz that has entertained many children and adults for decades, in fact many of those children who became adults continued to read the comic strip series, and continue to do so to this day with its reprints in the Sunday editions of newspapers.

Snoopy: Cowabunga is a great sample collection of why this is such a timeless and entertaining comic strip, featuring in addition to Snoopy and Woodchuck, well known characters like Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus. This volume features the series of Snoopy as a beagle scout who soon gets lost in the woods and needs to get rescued, as well as addressing his questionable abilities at tennis, his participation in the Daisy Hill Puppy Cup, and many strips on Snoopy’s talent as a writer with his goal to get published.

Whether you’re a Snoopy-reading veteran, or you’re trying the comic strip for the first time with this volume, it will delight you with the highs and lows, bringing a laugh at every page, as well as imparting some useful life lessons.

Originally written on November 5, 2013 ©Alex C. Telander.

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“Treasury of the Lost Litter Box” by Darby Conley (Abrams, 2010)

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It’s been a couple of years since the last Get Fuzzy treasury collection, bringing together a complete roundup of this great comic strip, and now fans can rejoice with Treasury of the Lost Litter Box. Whether you’re a Get Fuzzy veteran and looking to increase your collection (like me), or discovering this entertaining comic strip for the first time, Treasury of the Lost Litter Box is a worthy book, sucking you in right from the start and letting you delve into the lives of these unusual characters.  There’s Rob, the owner and master of this humble abode who is a nerd to extreme measures seeming to enjoy his bachelor life – though I’m sure he’d welcome someone of the female persuasion – and believes himself to be in control of his pets.  He is not.  There is Satchel, an overweight dog with serious self-esteem issues.  And then there’s Bucky, a unique cat with delusions of grandeur, egomania, and world domination.  In this collection we get to meet some other great characters, like Shakespug, a pug that can only quote the bard; and Mac Manc McManx, Bucky’s cousin from Manchester England.  This is a collection you won’t soon forget.

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Originally written on June 28 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.