Review: Peanuts The Poster Book

New releases
The back cover serves as a table of contents

The new volume Peanuts: The Poster Book isn’t quite what I expected. When I think “poster book”, I think of a big paperback filled with pics-and-slogans designed to be hung up in a teenybopper’s room.

But this, which turns out to be a British volume, changes format and target. Format, in that it is curiously a hardcover volume. (Generally, one is not worried about poster books being permanently protected, as you’re going to just rip the pages out.) And the design sensibility turns out not to be “posters” but “art prints”, So no “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”, no “Why do mornings start too early?” with the picture of a beleaguered Snoopy. (Among the 20 pictures, the only words are “It was a dark and stormy night.”, one “AAUGH!”, and the signage on the psychiatric booth… unless one counts a Woodstock word balloon as words. And no edge-to-edge color. Some of the figures are colored, but none of the backgrounds are, and quarter of the images are just pure black-and-white. If 20 of these 11″ by 14″ images is what you’re looking for, then this is where you’ll find them!

Classic finds
Lucy’s Lemon Censorship Recipe

As you may recall from this episode of the podcast (you do have them all memorized, right?), we had established that the Peanuts Cook Book had at one point had a replacement recipe issued, thanks to concerns about kids working with the high-proof lemon extract called for in the making …

New releases
Peanuts Holiday Cookbook

The new Peanuts Holiday Cookbook is a slick piece of work, a bright hardcover illustrated with a mix of Schulz strips, recycled Peanuts art from other projects, and new art done for this project by Peanuts kid books regulars Robert Pope and Scott Jeralds. It offers a fairly diverse set …

Animated Peanuts
I’m confused by A Charlie Brown Christmas

I stopped by a local Hallmark store knowing that it was about time for Christmas books to surface, and there I saw it, a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas… or at least that’s what I thought. I did not recognize this colorful edition. Then I opened it and …