I’m oddly happy about the fact that the boxed sets of the Italian edition of Complete Peanuts have not two volumes in them, but five, giving you a complete decade in one toss. I also rather like that this box shot is one of the images that their Amazon UK listing presents:
I kind of think that there should be a Bookcase Edition of The Complete Peanuts; all 26 volumes packed in a specially designed bookcase, just put in up against the wall and you have all the Peanuts supply you’ll ever need!
We’ve got the cover for the Complete Peanuts Character Encyclopedia, coming in October. The sample art, which you’ll see on the Amazon page, makes it clear this is an illustration-heavy, full color volume. Of course, you expect something nice for a $40 volume (currently discounted on Amazon, and of course you get the cheapest price between when you order and when it ships.) It’s 208 pages.
The frequent reuse of titles for different Peanuts books is one of the tripping points for the collector. Because of that, I should note that the upcoming board book Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown is not the same as the earlier Look-and-Find book Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.
And neither of them is the 2015 book that I finally got this week. This Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! is part of a book-and-stuffed-animal bundle (the stuffed animal being a straight-forward sitting Snoopy.) The book itself is a board book with sound buttons – just three: press Snoopy, you hear a laugh, press Charlie Brown, you hear “Good Grief”, and press the Christmas tree and you’ll hear an instrumental rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” There are six places where you are to push these buttons across the six story pages of the board book.
This isn’t quite an adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it’s adjacent to it. Snoopy’s home is decorated in lights, it ends with a bunch of Peanuts characters saying “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!” around a Christmas tree. Clearly, the special is meant to be invoked.
As for where you can get one of these, I’m really not sure. Amazon has never carried it, to the best of my knowledge. I ordered mine from Barnes & Noble at the link above, but I think that I got the last one that they had, as it’s now out-of-stock online. They may not be eager to restock a Christmas book in March, even assuming that it’s still available.
The new Hallmark gift book Good Grief! Peanuts Pick-Me-Ups for When You Need ‘Em Most is filled with two-page spreads mixing Peanuts illustrations with pithy “buck up!” advice, telling you how to deal with life’s struggles. Thrown in through the book are nine daily strips, with spot coloring. Everything is printed on grey paper with faint images of Sunday strips on them, like they are reusing faded old paper rescued from the papier mâché pile. It’s not exactly much of a read for the price, but it should make a decorative shelf piece. It’s a reasonable piece of bric-a-brac.