It’s Yet Again The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Now on store shelves (although not actually in stock at Amazon) is the latest book to come under the the title of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This time, it’s a board book, aimed at kids… and with four single-picture spreads and one two-picture spread, it’s not really meant to convey the story in any meaningful way. Instead, it exists to give you places to stick the 30 reusable stickers that come with it. And in case there’s any doubt of where the stickers go, there are dotted lines around where the belong.

At the moment, Amazon is saying they’ll ship this in “4 to 6 weeks”, which makes it dubiously useful as a Halloween thing. However, that phrase is really just Amazon-speak for “we’re really not quite sure what’s going on in getting this through our distributors.”

This is the first in a batch of such books from Running Press Kids, including not only the previously-discussed (and already-available-through-Amazon) A Charlie Brown Christmas and (still-upcoming) Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, but also It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown and something called The Grand Piano Book

Upcoming releases
What What Cartooning Really Is really looks like

The intended cover image for What Cartooning Really Is, Fantagraphics upcoming collection of interviews with Schulz, has been updated. It is no longer going to look like this: It is now slated to look like this: By the way, if you ordered this book from Amazon and received a cancellation …

Here comes the parade!

Finally available for pre-order is The Complete History of Peanuts on Parade: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz: Volume One: The St. Paul Years. This is, in addition to being a book with three colons in its title, a photo-heavy history of the projects where various artists customized Peanuts statues and …

New releases
Review: Charlie and Friends

There is nothing wrong with a cheaply produced paperback of public domain material. It can provice a service. For some material it’s the only way that product will be available. In the case of Charlie and Friends in Tip Top Comics – The Full Series Reader Collection, however, it’s the equivalent …