Wow, this is late

I jus discovered that somehow I let the new book adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown slip by without announcement. This isn’t the one that’s part of the line of kiddie books. Instead, this is a miniature hardcover, a la last year’s A Charlie Brown Christmas adaptation. Well, it’s kind of late to pick this up before Halloween, but it is the right size (if somewhat incongruous) to use as a stocking stuffer. It covers the classic animated special in about 128 pages of text and art. They make some interesting decisions, such as going 10 full pages (admittedly, short ones) without any pictures. And changingtext fonts, sometimes for a reasonable effect, sometimes for no particular reason. But then, this really isn’t something to be read, it’s a cute little object to be owned, if you like that kind of thing. Don’t believe what the cover image that you see on the ordering page, the real cover is the one pictured here. The book has a built-in bookmark, with a metal pumpkin dangling from it.

Classic finds
Peanuts Down Under… 25 Pages

My latest find, courtesy of a remaindered book store, is Peanuts Classic Library, a boxed set of four hardcover strip reprint volumes, each focused on a different section of the early years – volums for 1950-1954, 1955-58, 1959-1963, and 1964-1967. If you’re surprised that you haven’t heard of this, don’t be …

New releases
Christmas Time Is Here is here

Just out from Phoenix International Publications, who have put out a string of Peanuts books with sound buttons, is Christmas Time is Here!. This is basically a kids’s song book, six buttons to play songs with the lyrics on the attached board book, and a rhyming countdown from five days before …

Classic finds
The Mystery of the Daily Dozen

I’ve written before, albeit not recently, about Snoopy’s Daily Dozen, a 1960s wall chart that had the Peanuts kids demonstrating various exercises. It’s an interesting piece, but we didn’t include it in the things we submitted for The Complete Peanuts volume 26, because we were not 100% sure that it’s genuine …