Where’s the Peanuts Gang?

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One reasonable reaction that one can have to the cover of A Charlie Brown Christmas Wrapping Paper Activity Book is to say “where’s the Peanuts gang?” There’s about 20 character visible in the skating scene on the cover… almost all extras to fill out the scene. Only Pig-Pen, Violet, Snoopy and Woodstock are visible from the famed batch. So what’s going on?

The cover is just a (mostly) colored version of the “wrapping paper” coloring sheets included within. The sheet clearly wasn’t designed for this purpose – the big rectangle in the center is covering up Franklin, Schroeder, Frieda, Shermy, and Sally. The cover image wraps around the book, and Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, and Peppermint Patty can all be found on the back cover.

Look who is under the rectangle
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A whole lotta Linus going on?

I’ve now received Peanuts Vol. 9, the latest (but not the last) in the books collecting the KaBOOM! Peanuts comic book stories. The cover… well, I really like many of the KaBOOM! covers as art pieces. This one, which stylistically matches previous covers with other characters, is an interesting Linus piece. But …

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A one-hour book

I finally picked up my copy of Peanuts 5-Minute Stories, an anthology of a dozen previously-published stories for children. Some of them are culled from the square storybooks that Simon Spotlight has been issuing, others from board books. All of them had to be re laid out to some degree to …

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Nice to Meet You, FRANKLIN!

I now have a copy of the new storybook Nice to Meet You, FRANKLIN!, in which Tina Gallo and Robert Pope retell the first two Franklin storylines from the strip – Franklin finds Charlie Brown’s lost beach ball on the beach, and then Franklin comes to Charlie Brown’s neighborhood and gets …