- The upcoming new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas now has a cover. Some day, I’ll really have to do a chart of all the formats and editions that have come out under this title…
- Speaking of A Charlie Brown Christmas book – the huge discount available on the recent board book version has gotten even huger. At the moment, it’s 64% off the cover price… plus it’s part of the buy-3-get-1 free deal. That means you can get four copies of this $7.95-cover-price book for $8.58.
- Also available at heavy discount (56% off) and part of the buy-3-get-1 deal is the miniature edition of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which makes a great Thanksgiving stocking stuffer. I mean, what else are you going to stuff in a Thanksgiving stocking? Besides stuffing, of course…
- If you do go for one of those buy-3-get-1 deals, realize that the price of the fourth one doesn’t disappear from your total until you’re into the checkout process. It can be worrying
- As suspected, the collection of the little square pictures-and-adages books under a single cover is now showing up under the title Peanuts: A Treasury of Happiness instead of the cumbersome The Peanuts Classics Treasury: The Complete â€œHappiness Isâ€ Collection used earlier.
- I wonder whether the Peanuts Sudoku Digest, that mix of Peanuts strips and puzzles which has been pushed back to an April release, will actually ship with the currently-depicted cover… one which doesn’t include the “M.” as in the usual credit for “Charles M. Schulz”.
Coming in August is a book that Amazon calls The Peanuts Classics Treasury: The Complete “Happiness Is” Collection but which the publisher’s website refers to as Peanuts: A Treasury of Happiness. Presumably, this is a collection of all the content from Happiness is a Warm Puppy, Security is a Thumb and a Blanket, Christmas is Together Time, I Need All The Friends I Can Get, Happiness Is A Sad Song, Suppertime, Home is on Top of a Doghouse, and Love is Walking Hand in Hand (and I just scared myself by typing all of those off of the top of my head — the whole point of making the AAUGH.com collectors’ guide was so that I wouldn’t have to carry stuff like that in my head, dadgummit!) It’s a hardcover, with a dust jacket, listed at $19.95 but with a substantial discount on your preorder.
And if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that the listing on the publisher’s website will be the title. It’s more graceful, and avoids the confusingly overused Peanuts Classics tag. But time shall tell.
I just received:
- The new paperback kids book adaptation of It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. This one comes with a sheet of stickers, including 3 of Snoopy and 1 each of six other characters. It’s an okay adaptation as such things go; the even line weight and coloring used for foreground and background make it a little hard on the eyes. 24 pages.
- Where is Woodstock is a hardcover storybook about a Beagle Scout outing, with plastic three-dimensional birds build into the pages, and a pop-up at the end. They do make the effort to try to integrate gags from the strip into the book… which only reinforces my belief that kids books should actually reprint the strips. Solidly made.
- Snoopy at the Bat is a board book with a flat Snoopy figure on a spring on the front cover, so it wobbles a bit. The text is a poem of the kids playing baseball, a careful echoing of “Casey at the Bat” but without the ambition indicated by that poem. Because it’s a book for kids… it’s gotta have a happy ending. Because there’s no entertainmnet value in the Peanuts characters losing a game, right?
Now, the Easter Beagle bookthe Easter Beagle book is part of Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion — if you buy four books in this promotion, the cheapest one is free. But are there other books in this promotion you’d want? Let me point you to the board book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is not only a 4-for-3 book but is also currently 53% off the cover price (not sure how long that discount will last, these high discounts can disappear suddenly.) Or the hardcover mini gift books of A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which are each 43% off. Or use any of the dozens of regularly-priced Peanuts books or thousands of non-Peanuts books, CDs, and DVDs available as part of this promotion.
In other news: a paperback edition of the problematic biography Schulz and Peanuts will ship in October.
If any of the folks I talked to during my appearance at the Schulz Museum this weekend are reading this: hi! And thank you for dropping by!
The appearance went well, and the folks at the museum were kindly and helpful. I got a chance to look at their current exhibit of original art from dialogueless Peanuts strips – some lovely material there, of course.
I also got the chance to talk to Jeannie Schulz. Among other things we discussed, she showed me copies of several letters she’d gotten in relation to the whole Schulz and Peanuts biography matter – including one from one of the sources on the book, and one from Abraham Twerski, who has written a number of self-help books using Peanuts strips to illustrate points. Rather than recount what those notes say, I’ll just steer you to where Jeannie had posted them in the comments of a blog.
All in all, a good trip. Alas, today I learned that on the day I returned, my friend, mentor, and inspiration, comics writer Steve Gerber (creator of Howard the Duck) passed away from complications of an ongoing condition. So life is full, in ways both good and otherwise. I hope your life is full of the better stuff.