I now have the first in the new series of hardcover reprints of selections from the Kaboom! Peanuts comic book series. Snoopy: A Peanuts Collection features stories about Snoopy (surprise, surprise!), written (or adapted from Schulz) by Jason Cooper, Vicki Scott, Alexis Fajardo, Shane Houghton, with art by Donna Almendraia, Vicki Scott, Bob Scott, Paige Braddock, and Matt Whitlock. If you liked the comic book series… well, then, you probably have these stories, but you’ll know whether you like them. They are nicely presented in the slightly-smaller size, still full glossy color, and in hardcover.
So who is this aimed for? I’m not positive. On one side, it actually creates some focus in the volumes, something that was missing in the vast majority of the Kaboom! packaging; the covers almost never pushed the specific content of the issue, favoring a generic Peanuts cover . These volumes at least announce a character focus.
But given their hardcover nature, I’m beginning to suspect that the real target is the libraries, where hardcovers are preferred.