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Two types of Halloween

Modern book adaptations of Peanuts specials generally shorten the special, because a TV special will have more content than a standard children’s picture book will hold. (This is, I should note, the opposite situation from adult novel adaptations of feature films, where they will add scenes not in the movie, as a …

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That first Peanuts book

The new edition of the first Peanuts book, titled simply Peanuts, doesn’t hit regular bookstores until next month, but it’s already landed at comic book stores. The reproduction is good and sharp, they reproduced from an early printing so it still have the introduction in it that was missing from later …

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Charlie Brown is Golden

You’re Golden, Charlie Brown is a recently released strip collection focused on the round-headed kid. It’s 150 pages of strips all from the mid-1960s, with three dailies (colorized) or one Sunday on each page (and, as with the previous volumes in this Ballantine Books format, with a curiously large hunk of …

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Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance

The new book Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance is a little hardback gift book that includes a few Peanuts strips in it, but is mainly page after page of inspirational quotes (many with dancing mentioned as a source of joy), each with the same small picture of Snoopy tipping …

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Pocky stars

A friend gave this to me, a Japanese candy box. What makes me happiest is not that the Peanuts characters are windsurfing, nor that Belle is front and center (I’m well used to the fact that this very minor strip character is huge in licensing.) No, the happy-making thing is …

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LIghtly outlines Peanuts

Got in a couple more books from the UK, Snoopy Saves the Day and Best of Friends. These are two Charlie-Brown-and-Snoopy oriented storybooks, telling original tales using an interesting visual style. The art by Tom Brannon (who has done some interesting modeled-looking Peanuts in the US) takes an interesting tack – he …

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The Ice-Skating Competition

I got the second of the Popcorn ELT Readers, the British books for beginning English learners, today, and pretty much my review of the previous one applies to The Ice-Skating Competition. The big difference here is that instead of telling several tales, this book tells one long  (well, long for …

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Review of Snoopy and Friends (take 1)

Well, something happened that should happen a couple more times this year: I received a book titled Snoopy and Friends. This one is for the UK market, and is aimed at youngsters just learning English… well, it’s a Level 2, so it’s youngsters just learning a little more English. This full-color …

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The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996

When I received my provided-by-the-publisher reviewer copy of The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996, I knew instantly what I really wanted to get out of it. I was reminded by the cover blurb that said Introduction by RiffTrax MST3K, which may sound like arglebargle to many of you, but to me had me zooming for …

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Let’s Speak English with Snoopy!

Continuing our look at Japanese English language education books, we have A Peanuts Book Special: Let’s Speak English With Snoopy!, which is similar to the volume I discussed earlier: an English language strip, with Japanese translation on the outside, followed by discussion of some of the idiomatic or uncommon language used. …