Woof Woof Wooflet

I’ve gotten my copy of Merry Christmas, Sweetie! Woof, Woof, Woof!, which is a small boxed set that includes a flat cardboard doghouse with Christmas stickers to deorate it with. Also enclosed is a 32 page booklet, 2.75 inches square, with Christmas-themed Peanuts strips reprinted in color, plus Christmas-oriented quotes. The whole box is about the right size to use as a stocking stuffer — which is really the target here. Obviously, at this size, even at the low price it’s not a great deal for anyone who just wants strips to read. But if you’re a crazed completist like I am….

Also in my completist hands is Colors, a children’s board book with Baby Snoopy and the Daisy Hill Pups exploring things that are different colors. Text is by Alisha Niehaus, art is adapted by Tom Brannon. It’s colorful and smooth. However, having seen how toddlers actually deal with such books, a proper review would require me putting it in my mouth and seeing how it tastes, and that’s someting that I’m just not willing to do!

Not worthy of its own blog entry but still worth celebrating; I finally got a copy of the unabridged Peanuts Revisited with the dust jacket that is missing from most copies. For whatever reason, this jacket has a low survival rate. The copy is a second printing, which doesn’t bother me (I’m a completist, but not a first printing fanatic), but it reminds me that 8 years passed between printings of this book (first in 1959, second in 1967), which is an oddity in the publishing world.

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 …