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IN THIS ISSUE:
*PEANUTS CLASSICS REPRINT PLANS
*$5 OFF SPECIAL AT THE ULTRA-DISCOUNT SHOP
*SNOOPY SNO-CONE MAKER IN STOCK
*ODD PEANUTS BOOKS: COOKING FROM THE DOGHOUSE
PEANUTS CLASSICS REPRINT PLANS
I was just in contact with a representative from Henry Holt, who publish the Peanuts Classics books (the current reprints of strips from 1952 through 1984). She told me that they are preparing to return to press for the following titles:
*Peanuts Every Sunday (Sunday strips from 1958-1961)
*What’s Wrong With Being Crabby (originally published as As You Like It Charlie Brown; strips from 1963-1964)
*My Anxieties Have Anxieties (originally published as You’ve Had It, Charlie Brown; strips from 1967-1968)
*It’s Great To Be A Superstar (originally published as You’re Out Of Sight, Charlie Brown; strips from 1969-1970)
*You’ve Come A Long Way, Charlie Brown (which contains half of the material from the first book of this title, plus half of the material from You’re You, Charlie Brown, which means that it has strips from the 1967-1971 era.)
She also noted that many of the other titles are still in print, so don’t be afraid to order books that are listed as Back Ordered; they may well come through. Other books may be coming up for reprinting as well.
$5 OFF AT THE ULTRA-DISCOUNT SHOP
Many of you realize that AAUGH.com is actually two shops: the main shop and the second shop which I unimaginatively refer to as the ULTRA-discount shop. Well, for those who haven’t discovered the ULTRA-discount shop, or for those who have and want to go back for more, I’ve got a deal for you: $5 OFF ANY PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE!
Those of you who have checked out the ULTRA-discount shop know that it doesn’t have a lot of Peanuts books in it; at the moment, we’re down to about a half dozen different titles, and with those at about half-off. So I started digging through the catalog and discovered that I could offer up books of dozens of different strips, everything from Adam to Zits, including such popular strips as Dilbert, For Better Or For Worse, Doonesbury, Calvin & Hobbes, Cathy, Foxtrot, Garfield, and Mutts. I’ve provided links for all those strips, which cover over 100 different books, most at about HALF OFF the cover price even before your $5 discount. And if those books aren’t enough, you can search through the catalog yourself and find thousands of other books, including bestselling authors like Dave Barry, Stephen King, and Nat Gertler! So surf on over to:
and start shopping and get your $5 off.
(Books carried in the Ultra-Discount shop are Remaindered, which means that either the publisher decided they had more of this book in stock than they needed, or the stores ordered more than they could sell and returned them. They are new books, not used. However, they do usually have a marking pen mark on the top or bottom edge of the book, which is used to seperate the remaindered books from the unremaindered copies.)
This $5 off deal is good until April 30th (which, totally coincidentally, is my birthday). However, if you’re interested, hop on it quickly. They’re down to their last few copies on some of these books, and with the nature of the remaindered book market, they probably won’t be able to replace anything that sells out. The good news is that what they have on the list, they have in stock — no waiting for "Back Ordered" books here!
The latest book to come back to quick availability is You’re Not Alone, Charlie Brown. This is a small paperback that reprints strips from around 1988. The strips in this book are not in any of the Peanuts Classics books; they were in volumes 7 and 8 of the Peanuts Collector Series, which are no longer in print.
Peanuts: A Golden Celebration is spending another week on the hardcover nonfiction bestseller list (it actually moved up a spot), which means that it’s still at 50% off.
If you head over to http://AAUGH.com , we always list on the first page what strip reprint books are available for quick ordering. These books usually ship in within 3 days, often within one day. (How long they take to arrive is another matter; it depends heavily one what shipping method you choose.)
PEANUTS MYSTERY: PEPPERMINT PATTY’S MOTHER
People ask me a lot of Peanuts questions. (If you have a web page, everyone assumes you’re an expert!) One which pops up from time to time is "What happened to Peppermint Patty’s mother?" Usually, the person has just stumbled across some strips that indicate that her mother isn’t around, and assumes that her absence was established somewhere.
The truth is that I don’t know what happened to her mother. In fact, Charles Schulz admitted at times that he didn’t even know! They did make an error in one of the TV specials and refer to her having a mother, but the TV specials really don’t "count" for this sort of thing. I suspect the mother has been gone for a while; Patty’s love of sports and tomboyish dress suggest that she has been mainly influenced by her dad.
Some people think Peppermint Patty is weird because she calls Charlie Brown "Chuck" all the time. To me, that makes a lot more sense than calling a little kid by his full name all the time. It’s the rest of the kids who are weird!
SNOOPY SNO-CONE MAKER IN STOCK
Just added to our Toys page: the Snoopy Sno-Cone Maker. Designed for ages 4 to 10 (and for nostalgiacs 20 and up), this simple device shaped like Snoopy’s doghouse will let your kid make small sno-cones. No batteries are needed, nor are any fancy ingredients. All you need is some ice, some sugar, some drink mix (like Kool Aid or Flav-r Aid) and a little while cranking the crank. Sure, the cranking can be hard work, but then you have a sno-cone to cool off with!
ODD PEANUTS BOOKS: COOKING FROM THE DOGHOUSE
For this week’s feature, I delve into my personal collection and come up with THE SNOOPY DOGHOUSE COOK BOOK, subtitled 59 Recipes For Your Dog. Now don’t worry, this isn’t like 59 Recipes For Chicken, and you won’t find Poodle Au Gratin or Mutt Loaf. Instead, it’s recipes to make meals for your dogs. Published in 1979 by Determined Productions, you’ll find such unlikely doggy meals as Macaroni And Cheese, Tuna Casserole, and even Chicken And Matzoh (in case your chihuahua celebrates Passover, I suppose.) The recipes are written by Evelyn Shaw, PhD (I didn’t know you could get a doctorate in dogfood), and every other page is a full-page Peanuts illustration in color (apparently reworked and repurposed Schulz art, with a horrible unPeanuts font used for the lettering.) This book is no longer in print.
I think this brings the Odd Peanuts Books feature of this newsletter to a close, as I’ve used up the oddest ones. Don’t worry; next issue I’ll start up another feature for the Peanuts book collector, it just won’t be based around oddness!
Well, that’s about it for this newsletter. As usual, if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, or complaints, let me know. I like hearing from Peanuts fans. In the past year I’ve heard from folks on six different continents (so where are all the Peanuts fans on Antarctica? I need to complete my set!) This newsletter gets sent out not only across the U.S., but to such distant locales as Australia, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, and Israel.
No matter where you travel, you’ll never be far from a fellow Peanuts fan.
–Nat Gertler proprietor http://AAUGH.com