by Charles Schultz
2005 / 160 pages
There seems something almost wrong with using a multitude of words to recommend a wordless book so let me hit just a few highlights and be done. This is Snoopy and the gang but with not a word spoken in this 50-year collection of “Peanuts pantomime strips.” The brilliance manifests in at least three different ways.
- This is all ages. With no words to struggle over, my 6-year-old, still-learning-to-read daughter enjoyed this just as much as me. Might it be a gem for a reluctant reader?
- This is unique. We’re all used to the regular puns that populate the newspaper comics page and know what to expect, but the sight gags here are humor of a whole different sort, and that curveball is sure fun.
- This is art. Author Charles Schultz does a lot with a little – not just wordless, but his artistic style is also sparse, and it is amazing to see what he can communicate with just a few lines here and there.
I’ll only add that if you enjoy It Goes Without Saying, you might be interested in Garfield Left Speechless. It doesn’t have the same charm – Garfield is sometimes meanspirited in a way that Snoopy never is – but it has some of the same slapstick creativity. (For a twist, check out the website Garfield minus Garfield …although this one will be above kids’ heads.).