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Peanuts: Friends Forever

I just received Peanuts: Friends Forever, the newest in Ballantine’s square reprint books. Like most of this series, it has the strips in color (taken from the recent newspaper reprints), with three dailies or one Sunday on each of the book’s 148 pages of strips. That means hundreds of strips, all …

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Another kiddie bio of Schulz

One of the joys I’ve had doing this blog is picking apart some of the biographies of Schulz written for kids, generally sold as part of bulk sets of biographies meant to fill school library shelves, offering light reading for youngsters who need to do book reports. The problem with …

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Unauthorized and undetailed

When the money train is rolling, everyone tries to get their piece of the pie. Or maybe some different mixed metaphor is called for, but it’s a truth. One example of that is a Kindle article that popped up recently, An Unauthorized Preview of The Peanuts Movie: The 2015 Film based on …

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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 …