Deck: the haul for Christmas

Playing cards with pictures from A Charlie Brown Christmas
book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Box image of a deck of A Charlie Brown Christmas playing cardsUsually, the term “Christmas cards” does not apply to playing cards, but what we have here is an obvious exception — it’s a deck of A Charlie Brown Christmas-themed playing cards. Manufactured by Aquarius Image, a company that produces a range of Peanuts products from board games to bandages, the deck features a different image from A Charlie Brown Christmas on each of its 54 cards.

But that leaves open a question: Does this count as a print adaptation of  A Charlie Brown Christmas, and thus qualify it for our master listing of such adaptations? It’s not a book, clearly (although a good “go fish” player will know that a deck contains thirteen “books”, just waiting to be made.) However, the list has included print adaptations that don’t qualify as books, such as an adaptation in a magazine, or as a cloth panel.

And the answer is: no. While the cards have plenty of images from the special, they are not in any sort of obvious order where they could convey the story, even in some rough, dialogue-free form. It’s just a pile of pictures. So, derived from the special, but not an adaptation thereof.

The listmaster has spoken.

Playing cards with pictures from A Charlie Brown Christmas

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas
As long as we’re in A Charlie Brown Christmas book season

I was recently looking over some of the coverage of the Schulzes opening their ice rink in Santa Rosa, and I noticed that a couple of papers had added illustrations. One used this picture: …which is pretty obviously a narrowed tracing of this Dale Hale drawing from the first book …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas
Mystery solved

Up until today, I only had a guess of the year that this boxed set, With LOVE from Charlie Brown, collecting six World Publishing adaptations of animated Peanuts specials was issued. But today, I found this ad, which ran in the magazine insert Family Weekly, which was included in various newspapers on …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Best Time of the Year

Longtime readers of the blog know that my favorite time of the year is when the new book adaptations of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas arrive, and that in the current century, that usually means that I have several such joyous days per year. This year’s first such day brings …