Only What's Necessary (Hardcover)

Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts

By Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear (By (photographer)), Jean Schulz (Contributions by), Jeff Kinney (Introduction by), Paige Braddock (Contributions by), Karen Johnson (Contributions by)

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419716393, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

List Price: 40.00*
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About the Author

Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer, and editor-at-large for Pantheon. A three-time Eisner Award winner, he has written and designed over a dozen books on comics including Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz. His novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, were national bestsellers, as was True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World (with Lisa Birnbach). Other books include Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design and the forthcoming Judge This. He lives in New York City.


Geoff Spear shot all the photography for Batman Collected, Batman Animated, Bat-Manga!, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. His award-winning photographs have appeared regularly in Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Newsweek, and the New York Times, and on numerous book covers.


Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. The Meltdown, book 13, was published in October 2018, and was a #1 bestselling book. His latest book, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, was published in April 2019. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.


Praise For Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts

“This glorious tome is equal parts museum and monument, a masterwork of curatorial rigor and an affectionate homage.”

— Brain Pickings

“What’s most striking is the wealth of original art.”

— The New York Times

“It’s a coffee-table book to end all coffee-table books—not just a beautiful object, but something anyone can flip through for an hour.”

— New York magazine online