Lucy, the book

Catching up on recent purchases, we have Lucy, a hardcover collection of Lucy-centric stories from the Boom! comic books – so if you have all the comic books, or all the trade paperback collections thereof, then you have all this stuff. But it is a collection with a lot of good artists in it – Vicki Scott, Robert Pope, Stephanie Gladden, Scott Jeralds, and so forth. Some of the usual suspects on the writing list… but not me.

(That’s not a complaint. I was curious whether one of my comic book tales would end up in one of these hardcover books. So far, none of them have wound up in the Charlie Brown, Snoopy, or Lucy volumes. The next volume up is Linus, and none of the ten stories I wrote are good candidates for that. Will there be more volumes after that? None have been announced yet… and given that Kaboom! has said that they plan to cut back the number of items they publish by 15% this year, that casts just that much more doubt on not only this set, but on whether there’s a second volume of reprints of the 20th century Peanuts comic books.)

This might make a good gift for the Lucy fan in your life, but if you’re just a general Peanuts fan, it makes more sense to go with the paperback collections of the comic book series.

Classic finds
Peanuts Down Under… 25 Pages

My latest find, courtesy of a remaindered book store, is Peanuts Classic Library, a boxed set of four hardcover strip reprint volumes, each focused on a different section of the early years – volums for 1950-1954, 1955-58, 1959-1963, and 1964-1967. If you’re surprised that you haven’t heard of this, don’t be …

New releases
Christmas Time Is Here is here

Just out from Phoenix International Publications, who have put out a string of Peanuts books with sound buttons, is Christmas Time is Here!. This is basically a kids’s song book, six buttons to play songs with the lyrics on the attached board book, and a rhyming countdown from five days before …

Classic finds
The Mystery of the Daily Dozen

I’ve written before, albeit not recently, about Snoopy’s Daily Dozen, a 1960s wall chart that had the Peanuts kids demonstrating various exercises. It’s an interesting piece, but we didn’t include it in the things we submitted for The Complete Peanuts volume 26, because we were not 100% sure that it’s genuine …