The Best Time of the Year

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

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 a little extra joy with it.

You see, as the book-adaption-of-A-CB-Christmas-obsessed person that I am, it has long been my dream that their be a Frankenstein edition, one that combines pieces of all the different art and text adaptations that have been done of the book into a single continuous story.  A little photoshopped Schulz, some Braddock art, some LoBianco art, some Brannon art, a bit of coloring book, a few screen captures, all strung together to tell the tale. And the first baby step has been taken in that direction.


It’s not such a bad little tree, it just needed some batteries.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Book & Tree Kit from Running Press is far from the first CB Christmas-themed little boxed kit that they have offered. It’s not even the first book-and-tree kit they’ve put out, but this one is not a rerelease of the 2007 one nor the 2009 one. It’s more the small size of the 2007 one, but this one has a base with batteries in it, so it can play the song “Christmastime is Here” from the opening of the special.

But the book that comes with it is a Frankenstein version: it takes the Caroline Dolan text from the 2003 mini-book and, instead of using the Peter and Nick LoBianco art that that edition has, pairs it with the Thomas Brannon art that was first introduced in a full-sized 2008 book , although to be more specific this uses the version of the art introduced in a 2015 reissue, which eliminated Peppermint Patty and Marcie from the interior art as well as providing a new cover image.

So this is not a new adaptation, but neither is it a reprint. It is genuinely a new edition, and as such, it is a fine thing to have! You can go get one for yourself here — they are available for immediate shipping.

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
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 …