A weak Christmas for the Peanuts book fans

While there certainly are some interesting new Peanuts books out for the shopping season this year, there are some notable absences.

  • No 1990s edition of The Big Book of Peanuts, what had been an annual release of all the Peanuts daily strips, coming out a decade at a time. These books were exclusively sold through Costco, and there is no sign of the book either in their stores or on their website. The first four volumes are still all available online, but this year’s absence suggests that perhaps the set will never be complete. (Costco is carrying Peanuts books for the holiday; the local store had both this year’s book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the oversized hardcover Celebrating Snoopy.)
  • No new Hallmark book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Yes, there’s a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas, but not from Hallmark; and a new Peanuts Christmas book from Hallmark, but it’s not an adaptation of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Hallmark has issued new custom editions of book adaptations in all but two years since 2006, and the old shelf looks a little empty without a new one.
  • No new sew-it-yourself fabric book this year. Admittedly, this has been more of an irregular thing, but given the lack of the above two, I seek solace where I can. (Although I cannot help but to point out that anyone who is enjoying the culture depicted in Pixar’s lovely new film Coco that this weekend, the Joann Fabrics stores have this on sale: )

 

Upcoming releases
Good Sport cover

Here’s the announced cover for Be a Good Sport, Charlie Brown!, an upcoming children’s storybook… which, according to the cover, will have bonus baseball facts! (I suspect they will not be the sort of bonus baseball facts that I want, which would be Lucy explaining the facts of baseball to Linus in …

Upcoming releases
For the Love of Peanuts

When I went to the Peanuts pop-up store outside of the San Diego Con (as opposed to the Peanuts booth inside the convention), what I was really hoping to find was… well, this thing that it turns out is going to exist, but not until next April. For the Love of Peanuts: …

Upcoming releases
Look at the Look And Find I found

Coming in September is a new Peanuts Look and Find book, which has a different cover title than its Amazon listing at this point. I suspect this is just a reprint of 2011’s Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown Look and Find, and I could better verify that by comparing the inside spreads …