AAUGH.com news: Peanuts? Figures!

IN THIS ISSUE

* PEANUTS DVDS A-COMIN’!

* PEANUTS VALENTINE COVER UNCOVERED

* ACTION FIGURES (IF YOU CONSIDER HOLDING A BLANKET “ACTION”)

* PREORDERABLE BOARD BOOKS

* MORE SNOOPY FEATURES

* BOOK REVIEW: A CB THANKSGIVING

PEANUTS DVDS A-COMIN’!

Peanuts video expert Scott McGuire has spread the word that
January will bring us the next Peanuts DVD, this one with
three specials on it rather than the usual two. You’ll
get “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” (the 1975 special, not
to be confused with the more recent “A Charlie Brown
Valentine”), “You’re In Love, Charlie Brown”, and “It’s Your
First Kiss, Charlie Brown”. Then in March comes another
DVD, this one featuring “It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie
Brown”. These aren’t available for preorder yet. I’ll let
you know when they can be gotten.

If you’re a Peanuts animation fan, you owe it to yourself
to check out Scott’s website at:

http://web.mit.edu/smcguire/www/peanuts-animation.html

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PEANUTS VALENTINE COVER UNCOVERED

I’ve got a picture of the cover to the upcoming book
A PEANUTS VALENTINE which you can view at:

http://AAUGH.com/upcoming.htm

This is the collection of romance-themed Peanuts strips
which is due out in January, but you can preorder it
now from the page linked to above.

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ACTION FIGURES (IF YOU CONSIDER HOLDING A BLANKET “ACTION”)

I’m finally able to include some of the new Peanuts
action figures in the AAUGH.com shop. These are a good
looking set of action figures, although I hear tell
that getting them to stand correctly away on a flat
surface (instead of on the dioramas they come with)
is sometimes a little tricky. At this point, the
three sets you can order here are all part of the
Great Pumpkin set, so the kids come with their
Halloween costumes and related items:

* SET A (Charlie Brown, Sally, and Lucy):

http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?B000067NSX

* SET B (Linus, Snoopy, Schroeder):

http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?B000067NSW

* SNOOPY DOGHOUSE PLAYSET:

http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?B000067R0L

Take a look! (I try to keep my Peanuts collecting
mania controllable by just focusing on the books,
but I admit that my palms itch whenever I see one
of these sets.)

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PREORDERABLE BOARD BOOKS

I’ve managed to find out more about SNOOPY’S FEELINGS and
WOODSTOCK IN ACTION, the two upcoming board books meant
for your 1-4 year old. These are cut-shape board books rather
than square, and each will have the characters face on
the front in 3-D in soft vinyl.

They won’t be out until the spring, but if you want to
order them know to make sure that you don’t forget, do so!

SNOOPY’S FEELINGS:

http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0689856628

WOODSTOCK IN ACTION:

http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0689856636

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MORE SNOOPY FEATURES

For those of you who collected the SNOOPY STARS series of
British books and had trouble finding the last one (and
those last few Stars are hard to find in the UK and nigh
impossible in the US), good news: The SNOOPY FEATURES
series which reprints these books is finally reprinting
the final book in the series, along with three other
books. This new set of four will ship in February, but
you can preorder now. The links I’m providing go to
Amazon.co.uk, so be prepared for the shipping cost
(although you might as well order the whole bunch at
once, since shipping additional books costs much less
than shipping the first).

* SNOOPY FEATURES AS THE WINTER WONDER DOG

Presumably reprints Snoopy Stars as The Terror of the Ice (#3)

http://AAUGH.com/uk/to.htm?1841611638

* SNOOPY FEATURES AS MASTER OF DISGUISE (#11)

Reprints Snoopy Stars as The Great Pretender

http://AAUGH.com/uk/to.htm?1841611611

* SNOOPY FEATURES AS THE TENNIS ACE

Reprints Snoopy Stars in The Mixed Doubles (#17)

http://AAUGH.com/uk/to.htm?184161162X

* SNOOPY FEATURES AS THE GREAT ENTERTAINER

Reprints Snoopy Stars as The Entertainer (#21)

http://AAUGH.com/uk/to.htm?1841611603

Now here’s something that may give us “collect ’em all!”
types a pause: Ravette is reprinting these books 4
at a time. However, there were 21 books in the original
series. Assuming I’m right about …Winter Wonder Dog
being …Terror of the Ice, this latest batch will
leave unreprinted numbers 9 (Snoopy Stars as The Branch
Manager), 14 (…in The Pursuit of Pleasure), 15 (…as
The Weatherman), 18 (…in Brotherly Love), and 20 (…as
The Holidaymaker). Will they reprint all five? Or will
they just do another batch of four, and leave one
painfully unreprinted? Let us see what the future brings!

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BOOK REVIEW: A CB THANKSGIVING

The new book adaptation of A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING
is out. Like ther other books in this series, it takes
visual humor and tries to describe them in prose,
always a dicey proposition. (Presumably, they do this
because reading prose is deemed “educational” while
following a story from pictures isn’t. So perhaps it
serves the child, but it doesn’t serve the story.)

And yet, the story survives, to some degree. The artistic
adaptation on this one is by Tom Brannon, who is also
handling the above-mentioned board books. The images
are clear nd communicative but generally bland and stiff.

If you want this, you can get it at:

http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0689850271

But the real way to get this story is in its original
form, as an animated cartoon.

DVD: http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?B00004W5UL

VHS: http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?6304209282

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Well, that’s all the news for now. Nothing particularly
fascinating has been added to the AAUGH.com reference
library in the past couple weeks; I’ve been too busy
writing my next book and reviewing the new TV season (which
you can see at http://AAUGH.com/tv/ ) to do much book
hunting.

In case anyone’s curious: my asking if any of you had
YOU’RE IN SCHOOL NOW, CHARLIE BROWN received only one
“yes” response out of the hundreds of Peanuts book fans
who get this newsletter. I think we can count that one
as “rare”.

Please send any comments, suggestions, criticisms, witticisms,
or wrinkled up old $50 bills to nat@aaugh.com

–Nat

proprietor

http://AAUGH.com

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