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
Peanuts Cross-Stitch cover

Here is the cover for the upcoming Peanuts Cross-Stitch book, slated to ship in August. The book description says that it has “more than 15 stitchable designs”; the cover tells you that the number is 16, which is indeed more than 15. So if you want to make Peanuts characters in …

Upcoming releases
Peanuts Munch Time Cook Book

Coming in October is either The Peanuts Munch Time Cook Book (if you believe the cover image) or The Peanuts Munchtime Cookbook (if you believe the Amazon text.) Spacing matters, folks! This is yet another entry in the grand history of Peanuts cookbooks, with recipes named after the characters… but …

Upcoming releases
Love is Walking in a Circle

We’ve got the cover image for the rerelease of Love is Walking Hand in Hand coming later this year. This keeps the same central image of the original release and its general circular structure, but changes how the title is presented in the outer ring and gives us a hypnotic weave …