While it’s not shipping from bookstores yet, I can tell you that The Complete Peanuts Volume 4 does exist – I have a copy sitting right here. Unfortunately, I’m still under the weather and can’t go through it and do a cogent review just yet (although I will note that Jonathan Franzen writes a good intro, even if I don’t agree with his conclusions about how the work reflects Schulz’s personality), but if you’ve been waiting until it was nigh to order it, go order it now (or order the boxed set of volumes 3 and 4 together.)
And yes, this new volume does have the full Sunday strip which was only partially reprinted in Volume 2, run here after the index.
The affordable paperback edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition is now shipping. This book is a good look at the making of the classic TV special, which turns 40 years old this year!
Thanks to a loved one who took pity on an ill Peanuts collector, I now have copies of all three of the Kohl’s “Collector’s Edition” books mentioned in the previous post. And the pages of all of them are signicantly larger than the standard editions of these books; it’ s most blatant with the Flying Ace book, which was the smallest to begin with, but even the other two books are about an inch bigger in width and height. As such, if you wanted copies of these storybooks, this is a good edition to get, and $5 for a dust-jacketed hardcover (with profits going to charity) makes it a nice deal.