Sparky & Spike:
Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever


How a boy nicknamed Sparky and his pet dog, Spike, became the inspiration for Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown and Snoopy.


This charming picture book is a story about a boy nicknamed Sparky and his beloved dog, Spike. Spike is the most amazing dog ever. He inspires Sparky to draw. Someday, Sparky will be an artist.

Based on the childhood of Charles Schulz, creator of the world-renowned Peanuts comic, and the dog who inspired the most beloved dog of all—Snoopy—this Junior Library Guild Selection will resonate with children everywhere. Sparky & Spike includes a biographical note, as well as archival photographs of Sparky and Spike and a letter Charles Schulz wrote to the book’s illustrator, Dan Andreasen, when Andreasen was a boy.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

SKU: 978-1-944903-58-9 Category:

Author's Bio

Barbara Lowell is an author of picture book biographies and creative nonfiction. Her books include George Ferris: What a Wheel, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist; Daring Amelia; and the forthcoming My Mastodon. Visit her at

Dan Andreasen is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has created artwork for more than 50 picture books and a variety of products, including Oscar Mayer and Orville Redenbacher. He lives in Medina, Ohio.



“A fetching story, perfect for budding artists and lovers of the funnies.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“This winsome picture book pays tribute to both the creator of the comic strip Peanuts and the real-life canine inspiration for Snoopy.”— Shelf-Awareness

“Andreasen illustrates in a style distinct from, yet complementary to, Schulz’s . . .” — Publishers Weekly

Additional information

Dimensions 11 × 9 in
Written By

Barbara Lowell

Illustrations By

Dan Andreasen

Number of Pages

Hardcover, 40

Published On

April 23, 2019


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Sparky & Spike:
Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever”

Your email address will not be published.