So, I’ve received my copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas Wrapping Paper Activity Book, and so I’m prepared to answer the most vital question of our time: does it qualify for our list of book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Well, let’s see. What it does have:
- A find-a-word puzzle
- three pages of figures you can cut out and color to make simple Christmas ornaments
- a dot-to-dot
- a maze
- table place-cards to color
- a message to decode
- two images to color
- a recipe for cocoa
- A folded sheet of paper to serve as an adventure calendar, with 25 images to color, one per day as the countdown to The Big Day
- Three folded 18″x24″ coloring sheets of busy scenes (Charlie Brown and Linus at the Christmas tree lot; kids ice skating; kids making snowmen) that you are expected to color and then use as wrapping paper.
What it does not have:
- Any attempt to convey the storyline from the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. There are some images that suggest scenes from that special, some that are merely Peanuts and Christmas, but there is no story.
Judgment: not a book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Does not go on the list!
(And I gotta say, if you’re just looking for activity, you can get a lot more pages of activities for a lot less than the $9.99 list price of this. But this is a somewhat nifty-seeming package, with full-color images except where you have to color, a cardboard case format where the activity portions fold out of one side and the wrapping paper and advent calendar in a flip-open section on the other side. It makes a somewhat more impressive object than your basic coloring book.)