Charles Schulz’s son, Monte, who we’ve already pointed out isn’t pleased with the book, posted a comment on our previous Cartoon Brew post further detailing his objections. Here’s his comment in full:
“The point of objection to this biography of my father is how much is simply untruthful, and deliberately so. There are many factual errors throughout the book; there are people who are give authority to speak about our family who have no insight to do so; and there are so many elements of my fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life that David deliberately left out of the book, that it really is impossible for anyone outside of our family, or DadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s circle of friends, to come to any genuine conclusions. I can tell you absolutely that he was not a depressed, melancholy person, nor was he unaffectionate and absent as a parent. Honestly, the quote IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve really wanted to give the press, after reading both the early of the manuscript and the final book, is this: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The book is stupid, and David Michaelis is an idiot.Ã¢â‚¬? That said, I had a six year on-going conversation with him about this book, and like David quite a lot. But I was shocked to see the book that emerged, because it veered so drastically away from what he told us he intended to write. Which is why weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been so militant in our response. Incidentally, the material David edited out of the book is even more outrageous. The fact is, after reading the book, I decided IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d learned more about David Michaelis than I did about my dad. I found that interesting.”
UPDATE: A new in-depth comment from Charles Schulz’s son, Monte Schulz, as well as his sisters Amy and Jill, can be found in the comments below.