Treasury Returns

Back in 2000, a publishing arm of Barnes & Noble put out a discount hardcover edition of Peanuts Treasury, for $9.98. Eventually, it was also available through other retailers.

And then, in 2002, Barnes & Noble put out a discount softcover edition of Peanuts Treasury, for $9.95. That one remained available only through the Barnes & Noble stores and the website.

Stopped by Barnes & Noble today, and noticed that there was a new, 2005 printing of the $9.98 hardcover. And as best as I can tell, this one isn’t even available through

It’s a nice strip collection, worth the price, particularly as a gift for someone who isn’t planning to get the complete set of The Complete Peanuts.

Just a quick recommendation for folks whose taste in strips runs beyond just Peanuts: in a piece for Hogan’s Alley magazine, I named Frazz as my favorite not-in-many-papers strip. I even considered trying to get the rights to publish a collection of it, but someone else beat me to it, and the first book is now available. The title character is a songwriter turned elementary school janitor, with the focus on the interaction between him and the kids. The art style reminds many folks of Watterson (hey, have you ordered your Complete Calvin And Hobbes yet?) and the spirit is upbeat and pro-human. I can’t guarantee you’ll like it; my tastes don’t accord with everyone else’s. But it’s worth taking a look.

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Nothing better to do than post more Japanese Peanuts books

Back to venturing through Japanese Peanuts publications, relying on my complete inability to read Japanese and my lack of experience with their culture. For example, I am very unsure what the Snoopy 3Way Book is. I suspect it is far more innocent than a US publication with “threeway” in the …

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Review: You’re a Good Kid, Charlie Brown

Limericks can be tricky to form. Their rhyme scheme has a well-defined norm. They all go in this way: it’s A A B B A And the last line should hit like a storm.   And yet writers must be really slick to tell folks that its a limerick. For …

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More recent Japanese books

I’m flitting through Amazon Japan, finding lots of books I’ve not seen before. I’m just posting the ones with interesting covers or things that suggest interesting content… but I don’t read Japanese, don’t know what’s in them, and having more fun guessing my own guesses rather than asking someone. There …