A Charlie Brown Christmas trading card kinda

Last year, Topps put out a set of Americana trading cards, cataloging particularly American moments. Card 91 pays tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Well, sort of.

The card has no image from the Christmas special; I suspect it was less a creative preference and more a rights issue (while various Peanuts trading card sets have been offered over the years, I don’t think Topps has ever been the publisher to do so.) Instead it has a photograph of Schulz, which is all well and good if you know that, but it never explains that it’s Schulz, and certainly not everyone will recognize him. The back has a slightly grammatically challenged two-sentence explanation of the special and its impact.

New releases
Linus or not, here it comes!

Now shipping is I’m Not Your Sweet Babboo!, the latest in the series that was originally part of “AMP Comics for Kids”, but has shorn that group name; the Amazon listing refers to it as part of “Peanuts Kids”, which you’ll find nowhere on the cover but is somewhere on a …

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The mystery of Woodstock’s birth

When I  wrote The Snoopy Treasures, I risked wading one of our times hottest controversies: the origin of Woodstock. Now, when Woodstock appeared is a little tricky, because he wasn’t given that name for years, and there has more than one Woodstock-like bird at various times. But there was a standard …

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Be Kind, Be Brave, Be You beview… er, review

On the market as of last week is Be Kind, Be Brave, Be You, a board book which is made up of three upbeat-positivity-type poems by Elizabeth Dennis Barton, with Peanuts illustrations by Scott Jerald. I actually found this one reasonably charming – I could see reading this to my kids …