It’s not a huge secret that I’m a HUGE peanuts fan. Adding “The Snoopy Treasures” by Peanuts expert Nat Gertler to my collection just made sense. I couldn’t wait to get it in my hands and read through it. In fact once I received it I read through the whole thing in two nights.
The Snoopy Treasures takes you on a journey from the beginnings of Snoopy, his alter egos, family and how he fits in to the Peanuts gang. There are 12 sections to go through and 5 pockets holding 10 special collectors pieces. We also read about several toys and marketing items from around the world. I even learned many new things, like how Snoopy is viewed throughout the world. He’s the same dog but has a different style.
I’m in love with this book. The 10 folders with special collector’s pieces makes this book even more special. There are several small posters that I’d love to have framed, a bumper sticker, bookmark and even a replica of Coca-Cola’s 1973 punch-out Red Baron plane. I believe you can’t have Snoopy without Woodstock. Woodstock came into Snoopy’s life in 1966 but Snoopy didn’t learn his name until 1970, 4 years later. When I was younger I looked forward to seeing Snoopy in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. In the book they show what he looked like the first time he appeared and his present look.
I loved this book so much that I had a hard time letting my kids read it and look at the collector’s items. However, I had to let them read it. My oldest is the second biggest fan I know, next to me that is. I loved listening to her read it. There were a lot of “whoa’s” and “wow’s” coming from her. She was so excited to learn that Snoopy started off in the comic “Li’l Folks” and that Charles M. Schultz went by Sparky. Both my kids loved seeing all the toys out there. My oldest wishes we had the McDonald’s toys from Hong Kong. My youngest wants all the stuffed animals. Below is a short video they created to share their thoughts about the book.