Mystery solved

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

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.

Picture of boxed set of Peanuts books, with a copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas book sitting out.
(Thanks fot Peanuts collectibles seller C. Pilgrim for the photo.)

But today, I found this ad, which ran in the magazine insert Family Weekly, which was included in various newspapers on November 8, 1970.

$12.95 — and if you pay for the whole set up front, they’ll cover the postage! Obviously, this was meant to land under some people’s Christmas tree. The firm selling the books, Grolier Enterprises, are better remember for their encyclopedia.

1970 seemed to be the year for the phrase “With Love from Charlie Brown,” because in February that was used as the title of a musical performed at the Wichita State University Experimental Theater. The show was just an abridged version of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and it received a mixed review.

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
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 …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas
Get thee behind me, Santa!

I am totally, seriously against supporting any of the folks doing print-on-demand bootleg Peanuts notebooks, coloring books, and so forth. These folks are taking what is not theirs and delivering shoddy product based on that, and should not be supported. But if you ever wanted to tempt me otherwise, this …