Animated Peanuts

I’m confused by A Charlie Brown Christmas

I stopped by a local Hallmark store knowing that it was about time for Christmas books to surface, and there I saw it, a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas… or at least that’s what I thought. I did not recognize this colorful edition. Then I opened it and …

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It’s one book! It’s two books!! It’s a Peanigma!!!

I’ve been saying that the Andews McMeel Peanuts strip collections for kids were a pretty good deal, with paperbacks like Snoopy: Cowabunga and Charlie Brown and Friends with list prices of about ten bucks a pop. Then today I find this at Costco…. a book which as of now I …

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Review: Born to Draw Comics

Born to Draw Comics is a full-on children’s storybook about Schulz’s life, from birth to the sale of Peanuts to the syndicate (in fact, the subtitle is The Story of Charles Schlz and the Creation of Peanuts.) It’s not one of those little biographies meant to be sold as a …

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Review: Peanuts The Poster Book

The new volume Peanuts: The Poster Book isn’t quite what I expected. When I think “poster book”, I think of a big paperback filled with pics-and-slogans designed to be hung up in a teenybopper’s room. But this, which turns out to be a British volume, changes format and target. Format, …

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Christmas is Here! is here

Christmas is Here!, the new kiddie book that’s part of the Ready-to-Read line (and not to be confused with the recently-released sound-button book Christmas Time is Here!), is a bit of a lie. None of the book takes place actually on Christmas, it’s all set on Christmas Eve. But then, …

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Happiness is Straight Lines

If you saw this book for sale, you would certainly be forgiven for assuming that it’s a book titled Happiness is a Warm Puppy, by the author Charles M. Schulz. After all, such a book does exist, a famed best-selling book in fact, and such a book would have that …

Animated Peanuts

Review: 2019 It’s the Great Pumpkin adaptation

Hallmark has unleashed another book adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and my copy has been sitting here literally for weeks, waiting for me to review it. The problem is that, as the latest of umpteen attempts to adapt this special into book form, there is only so …

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NASA, McDonalds, and Peanuts – what could be more American than all that?

The Snoopy/NASA Happy Meals have arrived at some (not all) US locations – one of the two places in town still has Lion King toys. But I hit the second one, and grabbed myself up two of the four books in the set. (There are also four toys, but I …

Classic finds

Peanuts Down Under… 25 Pages

My latest find, courtesy of a remaindered book store, is Peanuts Classic Library, a boxed set of four hardcover strip reprint volumes, each focused on a different section of the early years – volums for 1950-1954, 1955-58, 1959-1963, and 1964-1967. If you’re surprised that you haven’t heard of this, don’t be …

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Christmas Time Is Here is here

Just out from Phoenix International Publications, who have put out a string of Peanuts books with sound buttons, is Christmas Time is Here!. This is basically a kids’s song book, six buttons to play songs with the lyrics on the attached board book, and a rhyming countdown from five days before …