May 19, 11
Read in May, 2011
Of all the Charlie Browns so far, this collection is the Charlie Browniest. The storylines are generally set up for the of the series by now - we still haven't learned Woodstock's name, a cameo character looks strangely like the girl we'll come to know as Marcie - but there's a depth of sadness in the irony that creates laughter only because of how recognizably human it all is. Charlie Brown finds an of rejection during these two years, not only in spite of, but because of what a good guy he is. We laugh at the irony only because we see ourselves in it. That's the great appeal of Charlie Brown - we all relate to the feeling that the world around is ridiculous. There's a special vindication when Franklin is introduced into the gang and recognizes what a neurotic bunch inhabit Charlie Brown's world. This just might be my favorite book in the series so far.