Happiness is… ordering the eBay lot of Peanuts items for the one item you really want, and then only realizing on receiving the lot that that “just another copy of Happiness is a Warm Puppy” that you didn’t care about is actually the German edition, which you didn’t already have!
Let me apologize for not keeping up with the blog; Peanuts books have been coming in, but I’ve been hectic with a variety of things, including some Peanuts-related work (we’re to the end of the process on my upcoming book The Snoopy Treasures), as well as life things.
One of the things that has come in is Be Awesome, the latest in the Peanuts Wisdom to Carry You Through series of collections of Peanuts quotes with new illustrations. This book is now mine, but it turns out not to be a book for me. It’s very specifically a female empowerment volume, picking quotes from and about the female characters, talking about ways of being strong. It’s not a surprise that this book could be made; Schulz’s female characters were not exactly shrinking violets (not even Violet!), and there is some aggressive feminism in the strip (most visibly in regards to sports.) And unlike many strips, the emotions of the female characters were rich and important to the work.
The illustration choice is interesting. The cover and section headers rely on Belle – a very recognizable character, well drawn here by Vicki Scott and Paige Braddock, but she can’t really be used in the body of the book, because she was actually very rarely in the strip and she said almost nothing.
This book is a hardcover, but it looks like a paperback version will be part of the boxed set A Box of Holiday Wisdom, coming in September.
The UK is getting some more titles not available on these shores… unless you order them shipped here, as these links will do.
It’s been a while since we got a new aimed-at-the-school-library biography of Schulz. That drought ends in August with Charles Schulz, part of the Blastoff Readers line, written by Kari Schuetz. This Level 4 reader is now available for preorder.