The first thing I noticed about the UK-only book The Peanuts Guide to Happiness is that they made the same strange cover design choice that I’ve seen on very few other occasions – they left the Peanuts characters off of the cover. You’d think if you were paying good money for a Peanuts licenses, you’d use that recognizable element right up front, but no; some designer felt that his imagery was more important than Schulz’s.
The second thing I noticed is that their disrespect for Schulz went even further – they had misspelled his name. And not in one of the usual ways, dropping the C or adding a T. No, they had misspelled it “Atul Gawande”.
It was about this time that it awned on me that my UK book provider had sent me the wrong book, something that flipping through the pages and seeing a shocking lack of Snoopy confirmed for me. I contacted the bookstore, letting them know of the error, and they let me know that they would send the correct book, and that the erroneous one was mine to keep.
When Dr. Mrs. AAUGH Blogger came home today, I said in mock excitement “I got a book in the mail today!” (The actual occurrence of my getting a book in the mail is quite frequent.) “Was it a Peanuts book?” she asked (for it usually is, and almost always if I’m feigning excitement over getting a book in the mail.) “NO!” shouted I, violating the normal rhythm. “It was supposed to be, but instead, they sent me something called The Checklist Manifesto, by someone called ‘Atul Gawande’.”
“Oh?” she said, with a degree of genuine surprise. “I’ve been meaning to read that!”
So it’s a win all around.
Coming in September is a paperback edition of Celebrating Peanuts, touted as a 65th anniversary book. The original hardcover edition, which has Schulz commentary culled from various sources, was released as a 60th anniversary edition, although they really put it out around the 59th anniversary. For those keeping count – that’s 13 Peanuts books now slated to come out in September, so start saving your shekels now!
I’m not going to review Peanuts Crochet, not just because there would be a strong conflict of interest for me (I am, after all, working on an upcoming book for the same publisher and packager), but because I am really in no position to judge a crochet book, and I am not going to take up the needless myself; I have no talent at the fabric crafts. So I’ll keep it to the facts:
The kit comes with:
- Crochet hooks
- Five colors of yarn: white, yellow, black, tan, and brown
- Some thread and a sewing needle
- A full color, 76 page paperback book with directions on making:
- Charlie Brown
- Peppermint Patty
- Flying Ace Snoopy
- Schroeder (with piano!)
The included materials should let you make Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock. Other characters require other colors.
I know you. You were thinking about buying the original Peanuts graphic novel It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown, but you felt there was something wrong with that. Of course, here are all these kids going to Japan, and everyone’s standing around talking English? That just ain’t right! Something had to be done!
The wait is almost over. Now available for preorder, and downloading next month, is the Kindle edition of that graphic novel… in German.