The new batch of solicits currently flooding the system brings with it cover images for some previously announced books. Click on the covers to go preorder!
It’s book solicitation season, and in particular it’s time for publishers that will be hitting for a period that not only reflects “books being issued for Christmas buying” but also “books surrounding The Peanuts Movie” and possibly “books celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas“. While we’ve seen few of that last category, we’re seeing the others on top of the normal stream of books. So, adding to things I’ve listed in the past few days, we now have:
- Three more books in the Titan series reprinting the old Rinehart & Co/Holt Rinehart Winston volumes: Good Grief, More Peanuts, Good Ol’ Charlie Brown, and Peanuts Revisited in September, Snoopy and You’re Out of Your Mind, Charlie Brown in October, and But We Love You, Charlie Brown in November. (I’m going to flag a small warning on Peanuts Revisited; it’s being listed as 96 pages instead of the 128 pages of the other books, and the original Peanuts Revisited was actually 224 pages, so it sounds like they may be reprinting the Weekly Reader abridgment of the book.)
- The Sky’s the Limit, Snoopy!, a The Peanuts Movie tie-in kiddie book.
- Additionally, You’ve Got Talent, Charlie Brown, which I previously linked to as a Kindle book, is now solicited as an actual physical book book.
All available for preorder, naturally.
Oh, and there’s one more book coming up I should note, but I don’t have time for it right now (got to get the kid to kindergarten!) Tomorrow, folks, tomorrow. Because there’s always more Peanuts books. YAY!
Those of you who have carefully memorized all the AAUGH Blog entries know what’s coming when you see a title like “The happiest post of the year”, and yes, it’s true. The news is good. There is going to be a book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Admittedly, this is not the first time this has been done, but when it’s released this coming September, it will be almost a year since the previous attempt! How can they make us suffer so? Why are they not releasing one of these every month, every week. This one looks to be a new adaptation, rather than just a reprinting or reformatting a past one.
Also coming up is an October book called Lose the Blanket, Linus!, and we haven’t had a new book by that title for a dozen years. This one is not just a reprinting of that one, however; the art on this one is by Peanuts comic book artist (and occasional collaborator with me), Robert Pope.
As I’ve mentioned before, these big animated kid movies tend to be accompanied by a bunch of book tie-ins… and now that this fall’s solicitations are coming through, there looks to be a reasonable amount of Peanuts product in that regard. Often, the books are adaptations of a portion of the film, and I suspect that’s what You’ve Got Talent, Charlie Brown, A Friend Indeed, and Charlie Brown is Not a Quitter all are. And then there’s the The Peanuts Movie Novelization, bringing the feature film to us in prose format. (For now, I’m linking to the Kindle version of each of these, as the print versions which are presumably also showing up in September are not yet showing up.)
There’s a few other solicited story books, not direct movie tie-ins, that I’ll mention tomorrow, including one that’s the sort of book that makes me very happy. But there’s one of these that I want to capture how it appears on Amazon right now, before they make some change to it:
Yes, Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown apparently stars Mike The Knight and his Amazing Adventures, if this image is to be believed!
The solicitations have hit for this fall’s Peanuts books from Fantagraphics. There are no unexpected books here, but there are a couple pieces of good news. One is that they’re doing box sets of Peanuts Every Sunday, which means that if you wait, you should be able to save a few bucks (the list price for a boxed set is about 25% less than the list price for the individual volumes). It also means that you’re going to need just that much bigger a bookshelf to put them on, to include the extra height of the box. The other bit of news is that Paul Feig is writing the intro for this fall’s Complete Peanuts volume, which is a choice that makes me happy. While these days he’s better known for the films he directs (Bridesmaids, The Heat, the upcoming Ghostbusters) than his prose, what I’ve read of the latter is quite worth checking out… and he is a producer of the upcoming The Peanuts Movie.
Here’s the list:
- Peanuts Every Sunday: The 1950s Gift Box Set
- The Complete Peanuts 1957-1958 (paperback)
- The Complete Peanuts box set 1955-1958 (paperback)
- Peanuts Every Sunday 1961-1965
All those links are for preorders, hint hint.