Now on store shelves (although not actually in stock at Amazon) is the latest book to come under the the title of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This time, it’s a board book, aimed at kids… and with four single-picture spreads and one two-picture spread, it’s not really meant to convey the story in any meaningful way. Instead, it exists to give you places to stick the 30 reusable stickers that come with it. And in case there’s any doubt of where the stickers go, there are dotted lines around where the belong.
At the moment, Amazon is saying they’ll ship this in “4 to 6 weeks”, which makes it dubiously useful as a Halloween thing. However, that phrase is really just Amazon-speak for “we’re really not quite sure what’s going on in getting this through our distributors.”
This is the first in a batch of such books from Running Press Kids, including not only the previously-discussed (and already-available-through-Amazon) A Charlie Brown Christmas and (still-upcoming) Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, but also It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown and something called The Grand Piano Book
Given the attention that my review of Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography is now getting and the degree of Schulz expertise people ascribe to me at times, I thought I should clarify that.
The book does add a richness of fact, but don’t take my review to attest to the accuracy of every fact presented. I am far more knowledgeable about Schulz’s work than I am about the history of the man himself; most of what I know of the man comes simply from reading earlier biographies. While I know enough to catch errors in other biographies like apparently melding Schulz’s two wives (sequential!) into one, far more subtle details would easily elude me. However, the book did well in the category of facts with which I’m familiar.
Perhaps more significantly, I cannot attest to the accuracy of the emotional portrait of Schulz the book paints. I never met the man, only saw him in the flesh once. And I suspect that with any human being, there are many different perspectives through which one can view the person inside.
I just don’t want people using my supposed expertise to validate this single portrait. Thanks!
As the UK readers of this blog know, the Complete Peanuts books have been restricted for sale to the US and Canada (and as they may also have noticed, it hasn’t exactly been hard to work around those restrictions).
Now, however, they’ll have access to these books without even those small hurdles or any ethical conflicts. This October brings the first UK editions from Canongate Books. They’re releasing both volume 1 (1950-1952) and volume 2 (1953-1954) that month.
Here it is — Charlie Rose’s interview with Schulz, free and legal. Enjoy!
If you want this on DVD, order here.
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Note: At the beginning, he’s saying “Charles ‘Sparky’ Schulz”, no matter how much it sounds like “Charles Barkley Schulz”.