It’s not that driving me crazy is particularly difficult, mind you…

Well, I’ve cleared up at least some things about the upcoming Running Press Peanuts books… which is good, because they’ve worked to confuse me.

At least some of their kids books are “interactive” – flaps, things to stick on the pages, etc. Here are their catalog descriptions, not yet part of their Amazon listings:

  • Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: This lovely, heart-shaped, interactive format allows readers to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Adapted from the classic television episode, fans will get to exchange valentines by simply lifting flaps on each spread of this irresistible treat of a book.
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: One of the most loved Peanuts tales is now available in this spooktacular interactive format-a board book with reusable stickers! Little ghosts and goblins will get in the holiday spirit by helping the Peanuts gang celebrate Halloween by sticking reusable stickers on each page to complete the illustrations. Both sticker sheets come in a cellophane plastic envelope that is affixed into the back of the book. From completing costumes to finding the Great Pumpkin, this format will be a treat every Halloween season!
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: The classic story of A Charlie Brown Christmas is cleverly adapted for younger readers reminding us all of the true meaning of Christmas. Timeless images, like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree and Snoopy’s doghouse will resonate with those who have grown up with this perennial holiday favorite. Adults will love sharing this little board book and sweet Christmas story with youngsters!

Now, just to drive a Peanuts book-tracking guy crazy, on Christmas Even, the exact same day as they release that adaptation of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, they’re also releasing… their adaptation of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. This one is a little mini gift book, the latest in a series of such adaptations from them.

They also have the Charlie Brown Christmas Book-and-Tree Kit. This is pitched as “Charlie Brown and his sad, sincere little tree are American icons. Who didn’t dream of nurturing their very own “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” with love to remind themselves of the true meaning of Christmas? In A Charlie Brown Christmas: A Book-and-Tree Kit, now you can cultivate the true spirit of Christmas past, present, and always. This irresistible kit includes a small, pathetic Charlie Brown Christmas tree, one red decorating bulb, Linus’s blanket to wrap around the tree’s roots, and a full-color mini edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas. For the millions of Peanuts fans and collectors, this heart-stirring Christmas package is bound to be the best-loved of all the stocking-stuffers.”

So there’s stuff a-comin’.

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What What Cartooning Really Is really looks like

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Here comes the parade!

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Upcoming releases
Happiness is a Warm _______

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