I’ve received my copies of the new gift books Good Grief, It’s Your Birthday! and Cheer Up, Charlie Brown!, both of which are full-color mixtures of relevant quotes and strips. They’re fairly smoothly made, and should serve their purposes as much-more-than-a-card for someone going through something. The Birthday book focuses on quotes about life and aging. The Cheer Up book has quotes both of the things-get-better variety and of the things-being-bad-are-par-for-the-course variety. Plenty of the quotes are taken from Peanuts (and cited to Schulz, rather than to the character), but other sources range from Oscar Wilde to Lily Tomlin to Dale Earnhardt (that last is actually of questionable taste; “you win some, you lose some, you wreck some” may have been inspirational when the stock car racing great said it, but lost any uplifting that’s-the-way-it-go-ness when Dale died from a wreck.)
Regarding my comment on the oddness of Johnny Carson’s Happiness is a Warm Puppy-riffing book Happiness is a Dry Martini being copyrighted by “Cory-Richard Music, Inc.”, AAUGH Blog reader Jim noted that there is a much easier explanation for that name than being a reference to the classic poem. Cory and Richard were two of Carson’s three sons.
The new Kindle book Halloween Projects for the Family by KIngs R.C. (capitalization theirs, although they drop the oddity when they list the name inside as “R.C., Kings”) includes chapters on making Charlie Brown, Woodstock, Snoopy, and “Cool Snoopy”. It does not appear to be a licensed item.
The sixty-fifth anniversary of Peanuts lineup has been joined by another volume, the paperback You’re Golden, Charlie Brown: 65 Years of Peanuts, which will come from Ballantine Books next June and can be preordered now.
Currently winging its way to me are the first four volumes in the UK-only Peanuts Guides to Life series: Philosophy of Snoopy, The Wisdom of Woodstock, The Genius of Charlie Brown, and Life Lessons from Lucy.
Other Peanuts books coming up in the UK:
- The Peanuts Guides to Life
- Snoopy’s Sticker Activity Book
- Peanuts Little Library (boxed set of four board books)
All these links go to Book Depository, a UK-based bookseller who offers free shipping to the US.