Andrews & McMeel is coming at you this fall with a big, thick hardcover of Peanuts strips featuring Snoopy, covering the entire run of the strip. Celebrating Snoopy carries a list price of $75, so this is one of those cases where I suggest ordering early, and letting Amazon’s we’ll-give-you-the-lowest-price-between-preorder-and-shipping policy take hold; that usually gets a nice discount. It looks like it’s the same format as Celebrating Peanuts – same page count, basically same size. Introduction on this one is by Washington Post comics columnist Michael Cavna.
Coming this fall is The Complete Peanuts Character Encyclopedia, a hardcover guide to everyone in the Peanuts strip universe. This one is written by Andrew Farago, a fine fellow and the curator over at the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s respectable-and-fun showcase of the comics arts, and on this he’s working in concert with the Schulz Museum And Research Center. A forty-buck hardcover, it’s good to have something besides strip reprints, storybooks, and academic-aimed books coming up!
So I got my itty bittys Peanuts Easter Beagle Stuffed Animal and Storybook Set from Hallmark. And yes, as you see here, the itty bittys tag does keep Snoopy’s arm (well, leg… well, no, itty bittys don’t have legs) propped up. The storybook is an adaptation of the TV special… but it’s also in standard itty bittys format, which means it rhymes. Yes, someone got to convert It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown storyline to verse, although writer Carolina Fernandez does lose half a grade in my book for rhyming “right” with “alright.” Other than that, it’s exactly what it should be. If you want to see the TV special reinterpreted through the itty bittys lens, then Fernandez and artist Rich La Pierre did a fine job. And for about $20, you can find out for yourself. I think this would actually be lightly amusing if a kid read this without having experienced Peanuts, although some bits of it may confuse slightly. Still, watching the DVD of the TV special would amuse more.
Coming this fall is The Peanuts Guide to Christmas. Is this just a US edition of the book with the same name released in the UK in 2015? Given that it’s listed as 80 pages, the same length as that UK version, it seems likely… and that may mean that we’ll get more volumes of the Peanuts Guide series soon.