There soon will be no more Camp Snoopy in the Mall Of America, and this time it’s not just an Onion parody piece. Having lost the Peanuts license, the amusement park will be renamed with the rather unexciting name The Park at Mall of America. They’ve announced that they’re selling off their apparel for half off; if you really want shorts or socks or shirts or whatever with Peanuts characters advertising an obsolete park name, head on over to www.CampSnoopy.com
As I just posted on the Upcoming Peanuts Books list, August will bring us The Peanuts Lunchtime Cookbook, a paperback from Ballantine Books. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is just a new edition of the old Peanuts Lunch Bag Cook Book, but I could be wrong.
My baby Allison has me facing a minor dilemma – she’s taken to liking some of my Peanuts board books, and being a collector, I want to protect them. Lucky for me, the folks at bookcloseouts has a bunch of these books remaindered at a fraction of their original price. So I’m grabbing up Baby Woodstock’s Easter Eggs, Hello World, Snoopy’s Feelings, Woodstock in Action, and Charlie Brown & Snoopy for under nine bucks for all five books (plus shipping, naturally). And if you click through and do a search for “Charles Schulz”, you’ll find they’ve got a bunch of other Peanuts kids books and a few things for the adults as well (like scratch-and-dented copies of the paperback version of Peanuts: A Golden Celebration for $5.)
Ahh, but I’m a cheap guy at heart.
For folks who like to read my yammering, I’ve decided to expand my TV review blog to include my yammering on things that aren’t TV. So now it’s been retitled: Nat’s TV or Not TV
Live well, everyone!
It looks as though the upcoming Cider Mill Press rereleases of the old Determined Productions saying-and-picture books will sport the original cover designs as well. While some of these covers speak to the era when they were designed, that’s not a bad thing; the odds are good that a lot of people buying these books read a copy of the original editions and remember them fondly.
Now shipping: A Peanuts Valentine, a novelty storybook with envelopes to open and interesting valentines to take out.
So if you’re wondering what to buy that Amazon gift certificate you got as a present, hey, Peanuts books! (Or maybe a discount psuedo-Segway, a Grammy-nominated tribute album of the songs of TV’s Mister Rogers or a box of stink bombs with free itching powder!)
Happy 2006, everyone!
We have a first look at the cover of It’s Off to Camp, Charlie Brown. It won’t actually be available until May, but hey, that’s what makes it a first look. It is nice to see a cover that isn’t just a blue sky fading down to green grass for once; we’ve been seeing far too many of those lately.
And hey, posting this gives me the excuse to note that there’s just a few hours left to order things and have them delivered Friday (via 1-Day Accelerated Delivery, which has a few odd limitations). This option costs a bit more, of course, and it isn’t available for everything. Still, if you suddenly remembered someone who could use the first two volumes of The Complete Peanuts or the classic Peanuts animated holiday specials, you have about four hours after I post this message to order them and stop your worrying… and for some reason about three more hours beyond that for certain items like the latest volume of Complete Peanuts or the second boxed set.
But hey, it’s never too lateto give people love, understanding, and forgiveness (that last being a gift that can go to those least expecting it!) Kindness is a gift that knows no season.
But if next summer is too long for you to wait for your gifts, you’d best get a move on. There are mere hours left to order through Amazon in the US and have gifts arrive before Christmas using standard shipping. (You’ll still have time to order with their two-day shipping option, but of course that costs more.) So it’s time to order the Complete Peanuts boxed set of volumes 3 and 4, It’s Only a Game, or most of the other find items you’ll find at the AAUGH.com shop. Be sure to stick with the things that say “Usually ships in 24 hours”, or your probably going to miss Christmas and likely even New Years and Hannukah.
But whichever holidays you choose to celebrate, I hope that the coming days are full of happiness, warmth, and comfort. And if I don’t get to post another entry in the next week-and-a-half, then I’ll talk to you in 2006!