a famous beagle and the #metoo movement

Kids today may not have been introduced to Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang the way we oldsters were, through the daily cartoons in the newspaper. So now, publisher Andrews McMeel is bringing the whole gang back, in short books that today's kids can enjoy. In the latest one, I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo!, the whole cast of kids and animals gather to learn and teach us all about love, the importance of education, history, and the environment. 

When Peppermint Patty struggles in school, she tries to find a private school that will better fit her interests. Snoopy helps her find one, the Ace Obedience School, and even though she finishes and gets her diploma, her old elementary school still insists she come back to class. Meanwhile, the EPA is coming after Charlie Brown for biting the kite-eating tree and Snoopy is in a mixed doubles tennis tournament with tennis phenom Molly Volley. 

And in keeping with the modern #MeToo movement, both Schroeder and Linus find ways to let the girls in their lives know where they stand in the relationship. 

Last but not least, Snoopy has grand adventures teasing the cat next door, falling in love, and finding work as a helicopter. And to go along with his adventures, there is bonus information on real helicopters and a project--how to make your own origami helicopter. It's not the same as having the O.B. (Original Beagle) to fly you around, but it's a great jump start for the imagination. 

I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo! is targeted to middle graders, but it's perfect for the child in us all. It's the perfect introduction of the Peanute gang for today's kids and a fun reminder for those of us who have to settle on being kids at heart. Just as that pitcher's mound calls to Charlie Brown in the spring, so too do the Peanuts gang call to us all, to remember everything there is to love about a beagle. 


Galleys for I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo! were provided by Andrews McMeel through NetGalley, with many thanks.