Chronicle Books has published a wonderful biography of Charles Schulz entitled SPARKY: THE LIFE AND ART OF CHARLES SCHULZ by Beverly Gherman (2010). From the endpapers through to the appendices, this book reflects what appealing nonfiction can be for readers. Bright colors, lots of photos and, of course, strips, Gherman lets readers see behind the strip to the person who created Charlie and Lucy and Linus and the rest. Such a quick and interesting read. Perfect for a sultry summer day.