The St. Augustine (Florida) Record reports that the Shores United Methodist Church will host the Children’s Express Theater performing “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking” on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. (via Religion notes for Dec. 12 | StAugustine.com.) I wonder whether they’re somehow adapting the story that originally ran in the December 1963 Good Housekeeping (and was reprinted in the book I compiled of the same name), or if they’re just borrowing (or coincidentally recreating) the name
So, you want to get someone a Peanuts book present, but am not sure what? Here are my suggestions.
- The “I really want to impress you with a large, expensive, impressive gift” gift: Peanuts: Artist’s Edition, an amazing, seriously oversized book reproducing Peanuts from the original art
- The “You think you like Peanuts, but wait until you see it in its ultimate presentation” gift: Peanuts Every Sunday 1956-1960, hundreds of Peanuts Sunday strips in an oversized hardcover, beautifully reproduced from possibly the best visual era for the Sunday strips.
- The “Hey, kid, you’ve never heard of Peanuts?” gift: Charlie Brown and Friends, a full-color strip collection at a low price.
- The “You like Peanuts but you’ve only read a bit?” gift: I’ve got no click-through for this, but if you’re a Costco member, check their book table for The Big Book of Peanuts. There are two volumes of it, about $20 each; the one that collects all the daily (i.e., not Sunday) strips from the 1970s is better than the one from the 1980s.
- The “You’re not going to read it, you’re just going to look at it” gift: Peanuts: a Scanmation Book, a cool book with a handful of images, each of which animates as you turn the page
- The “For the person who thinks they have everything” gift: It’s Only a Game: The Complete Color Collection presents Schulz’s other syndicated newspaper cartoon. As the publisher of this volume, I can tell you that, while the earlier black-and-white collection of this strip sold in the thousands, this color edition has sold only in the dozens. I mean it, it hasn’t even sold a hundred copies yet. Odds are very slim that anyone you’re thinking of buying one for actually has it.
If you’re a Schulz book collector who likes to get not only all the books, but every possible variant (not a path I recommend; that way lies madness!), you might want to get in touch with bridge-playing pals from the Northeast. Yesterday was the last day of the 2014 Fall North American Bridge Championship in Providence, Rhode Island, where over a thousand attendees got, as a gift from the organizers, a copy of this variant edition of Bridge Mix: The Bridge Cartoons of Charles M. Schulz with the event banner on the cover.
Do I have one for the AAUGH.com Reference Library? Of course. I published this book, after all. If anyone else is doing a bridge event and wants a customized edition, drop me a line! And if you just want a normal-covered copy to give someone as a gift, Amazon can handle you.
According to this KPBS report, California has gotten orders for about 4800 Snoopy license plates, but needs 2700 more before they’ll start production, and this process frequently takes a couple years. I’ve got my order in!