Let’s see what’s come in recently.
There’s Snoopy’s Happy Tales!, which collects five storybooks into a single hardcover volume. I’ve reviewed most of the stories before, so I’ll just put links to those reviews:
- A Best Friend for Snoopy
- Snoopy Takes Off!
- Woodstock’s First Flight!
- Snoopy Goes to School
- Shoot for the Moon, Snoopy!
The stories are printed larger here, on pages that are 9″ square rather than the 8″ square that most of the included tales first appeared in. A couple of these tales also appear in Peanuts 5-Minute Stories, so those of us who are collecting completists get them a third time here!
Then there’s A Snoopy Tale, which is the latest storybook adapting a short from The Snoopy Show, the Apple TV+, once again using screen shots from the animation rather than new art. This one is about Snoopy getting his autobiography published.
But to balance out the new stuff, I picked up an old book as well — specifically 1985’s Ineffable Snoopy, which is a French reprinting of strips culled from The Snoopy Festival. Now, I already have examples of the books in this series published by Dargaud, in a tall, hardcover, album format (but thin, a mere 48 pages). Now, I’m not a completist on foreign-language books published abroad; I’m really just looking for examples from each language, and then examples of interesting formats. I already have one of this series, so why buy another? I just liked the title. Snoopy cannot be effed! (Ineffable — the state of being great beyond what words can describe — is not a word one hears that much these days. Indeed, I’m confident that 95%+ of the times I’ve heard it invoked in that past five years have been in discussions of the novel Good Omens and the TV series based on it, as authors Gaiman and Pratchett had used it repeatedly.)
But I’ve no idea why Snoopy looks so angry when he’s holding up a sign describing himself thusly!