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* A SECOND CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR
*REAL CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, BUT THERE’S STILL TIME…
*A COUPLE NEW ITEMS
*FOREIGN BOOK LIST ADDED TO COLLECTOR’S GUIDE
*ODD PEANUTS BOOKS: SCHOOL PEANUTS 3
Well, I’d thought we’d seen the last of the newsletters for 2000, but then I stumbled across this piece of news:
A SECOND CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR
For those of you in the U.S. who managed to miss this year’s airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas, or for those who just can’t get enough of it, CBS is airing it one last time (before the rights head over to ABC). Tune in Christmas night, at the start of prime time!
(Thanks to Peanuts animationmaven Scott McGuire for calling my attention to this, and for TVGuide.com for verifying it. Check out Scott’s Peanuts animation guide at http://web.mit.edu/smcguire/www/peanuts-animation.html )
REAL CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, BUT THERE’S STILL TIME…
…to have gifts shipped to you and delivered to your door, or even right to the home of the person the gift is for! Head on over to http://AAUGH.com and click on through for what you want. A few quick tips:
*Amazon, who handles the orders, -says- they can still get things out that normally take 2 to 3 days to ship out. However, if you want to be more certain of the gift arriving, stick with items that are listed as "Usually ship in less than 24 hours." (Items that say "2-3 days" *and* have a little wreath picture next to them are better than those without the wreath.)
*Splurge the extra $3.99 for "expedited shipping"…
and remember that that’s one additional cost for the entire order, so you may as well order a few gifts in the same shipment. (As it gets closer to the Big Day, you may want to splurge for the Second Day Air or even Next Day Air delivery.)
*Hannukah runs later than usual this year, actually stretching out until nightfall on the 30th, so you have a little more breathing time if you’re shopping for Hannukah celebrators. (However, wanting to get someone their gift on time is *not* a good reason to convince them to change religions.)
A COUPLE NEW ITEMS
Just added to the shop is a Snoopy And Woodstock Mega Block set (Mega Blocks are like Lego Blocks, and even interlock with the Lego pieces). Also available for preorder is a book on learning to play bridge, decorated with Schulz Peanuts art. Both can be found on the front page of http://AAUGH.com
FOREIGN BOOK LIST ADDED TO COLLECTOR’S GUIDE
Okay, I’d already created a guide to English-language Peanuts books published in the U.S. And then I added a guide to English-language Peanuts books published outside the U.S. And I topped that off with a guide to foreign-language Peanuts books published in the U.S. There’s only one thing left to do: Foreign-language books published outside the U.S. Well, that topic is too big, too unwieldy, particularly for someone who speaks few languages and has never left North America. So I’m starting *very lightly* — at this point, I just list the books that I own. That’s a beginning. No promises, but I may next try to start listing all the books in French, and then slowly work my way to other languages. Or I may regain my sanity…
Anyway, to see the list, head over to http://AAUGH.com and click on the Collector’s Guide link. On the page that appears, head about halfway down the index on the left, and you’ll see Foreign Books. Click that, and this new page appears!
And if you have any Peanuts books in a language that I don’t already have an example of, please contact me! I’ll try to make it worth your while to trade or sell it to me!
ODD PEANUTS BOOKS: SCHOOL PEANUTS 3
Talking about foreign Peanuts books: when I started my list of foreign English-language books, I reckoned I might have books from Canada, England, Australia…
but I never thought I’d have one from Denmark! -School Peanuts 3- is one of a series of books reprinting Peanuts strips in English. It’s aimed at students who are learning English in non-English-speaking countries. The right side of each two-page spread has a strip, while the left side has some explanation of the U.S. culture reflected in the strip, again in English. For example, there are several strips about baseball, accompanied by explanations of the history of the game and how it’s played. The text would be a little strange to the Peanuts fan. The characters are refered to as "The Peanuts", while Charlie Brown is constantly refered to simply as "Charlie". To make it particularly weird, some of the cultural explanations are simply -wrong-. The book refers to Halloween as a "church festival" and claims that kids are brought up in the U.S. believing in the Great Pumpkin, that stories are written and told about him to kids. All in all, this 1970 paperback is an unexpected delight. I hope to find the other books in the series someday (this third book is aimed at 6th graders; I’m not sure how high the series goes.) If anyone has a line on any volumes, let me know!
Well that’s it, the last AAUGH.com newsletter of 2000, barring anything tremendously unforeseen. Next year will bring us new books (including a great Art Of Schulz book), a Snoopy U.S. postage stamp, and various surprises. Until then, live well, drive carefully, and spread the joy!
–Nat proprietor http://AAUGH.com