Woodstock: Master of Disguises

Author: Charles Schulz

Published By: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            I've been a fan of Peanuts for as long as I can remember.  I've watched the Peanuts gang on television, read the comic strips, read the books collecting the comic strips and the books based on the televised cartoon specials.  My favorite is Snoopy and I have always enjoyed his interactions with his bird friend Woodstock.  So when I was offered the opportunity to review a new collection of strips centering on Woodstock, I jumped at the opportunity.

Woodstock: Master of Disguises is actually a pull-out poster book with flip-animation art.  I was sent an eBook version for review, so I didn't see the pull-out poster capabilities and checking out the flip-animation was impossible, but I could see the potential with every couple of pages or so containing some Woodstock flying artwork featured just outside of the comic strip boxes in the right hand corners of the pages.

The collection featured quite a few strips that I knew from previous books and some I hadn't read.  We see Woodstock's trials with flying - somehow that bird flies better upside down than rightside up - his frequent flights into the side of Snoopy's doghouse, telephone poles and trees, and more.  We note the friendship between Snoopy and Woodstock - how Snoopy will lend an ear as cover for Woodstock during inclement weather, how the two often stay over one another's homes and sleep, how Snoopy offers to help Woodstock on his quest to head South for the winter

I don't remember the strips featuring Woodstock as Snoopy's secretary, but I found them hilarious.  I also loved the competitive nature between the two while playing hockey, though I have always wondered at the wisdom of such a small bird attempting to play football (poor Woodstock).  I got a kick out of Snoopy and his Woodstock look-alikes on camping trips.  I love how they always seem to fall asleep on his hat and I particularly laughed at Snoopy and the birds sleeping on the tents

As a kid, I loved reading about Snoopy and Woodstock's antics and nothing has changed now that I am an adult.  I still love the interaction between these two characters.  Kids are going to love Woodstock: Master of Disguises as they witness - many for the first time - the many adventures of Snoopy and Woodstock.  As a kid, I loved books that included flip-animation, and I can see the potential in the cornerside artwork - kids are really going to love watching Woodstock flying on the right side of the book. 

All-in-all, Woodstock: Master of Disguises was a great nostalgic trip down memory lane for me, an adult who still loves reading about Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.  Fans of Peanuts will really enjoy this book and it is a great introduction to Peanuts for kids who may have never read the adventures of Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, et. al. 


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