How old is Linus?

Well, we know he’s at least three years old.

Why do I say that?

Well, I just got the new box “kit” set Linus Learns to Share.

Linus Learns to share

And as the cover points out, the book includes Linus’s blanket.

includes Linus's blanket

And according to another part of the cover…

Not for children under 3 years.

…this is a choking hazard for kids under 3. So no responsible parent would give Linus’s blanket to a kid under 3. And thus Linus must be at least 3.

Or, well, his parents aren’t responsible. Which really is true. I mean, when was the last time you saw either of Linus’s parents giving him any quality time?

Anyway, the kit has a 16 page color story booklet, retelling a set of Linus-and-Snoopy-fight-for-the-blanket strips as prose-and-picture stories. Not a bad attempt to do such (although the modeled coloring once again makes the Peanuts youngsters look like they have five o’clock shadow), but it still begs the question “wouldn’t we be better off with strip reprints?”

Inside Linus Learns to Share

The rest of the kit is the blanket, which at around 15 inches square is to small to be used in the many varied way that Linus exploits his. Well, except as a provider of security; it would serve the needs of The Producers Leo Bloom better than it serves Linus.

So, is this an overpriced story booklet, or is it a nice little novelty blanket with a booklet bonus? I leave that to you to decide. Meanwhile, you can buy one for yourself… as long as you’re at least 3 years old.

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