The blog’s been a little dry lately. Sure, I try to put up what I hope are interesting odd things like the piece on the person who provided Lucy’s drawing for Snoopy and “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”, or yukking it up a bit about the plethora of the books with the title Snoopy and Friends. But when I went to steer someone to the blog the other day, I realized that the front page was filled up with all of the more mechanical taks of this blog – announcement of upcoming books, covers for already-announced books, some basic descriptors of the latest books to arrive, mentioning which books have started to ship. (Toward that end: the strip collection You’re Golden, Charlie Brown has started to ship, and here’s the cover for next year’s Easter Beagle adaptation.) Add to that that a lot of my Peanuts efforts are focused on a project that won’t be announced for months, so I can’t show you some of the cool stuff I’ve been looking at. So my apologies go out to anyone who feels it’s all been a little dry lately. I’ll try to keep finding things I can share. Stick with me, folks!
Just up for you Kindle users is a Snoopy Amigurumi Pattern, For those unfamiliar with “amigurumi,” its the art of crocheting critters. This is four bucks for one pattern… but if this stuff interests you, remember the Peanuts Crochet Kit, which has a bunch of patterns plus some supplies.
At right is the cover for The Peanuts Guide to Christmas, which is a British-only book coming out for this coming holiday season. And below is the cover for The Bumper Book of Peanuts, a 400 page collection of strips from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
I got the second of the Popcorn ELT Readers, the British books for beginning English learners, today, and pretty much my review of the previous one applies to The Ice-Skating Competition. The big difference here is that instead of telling several tales, this book tells one long (well, long for the format) one, a strip-based tale of Peppermint Patty preparing for an ice skating competition with Snoopy as her trainer and Marcie as her involuntary dressmaker and hair stylist. Presumably, this greater length goes along with it being a level 3 rather than a level 2 reader. And yes, I got the version with the CD again. One warning for those who might be interested in using these to train people in English: they use British punctuation, such as using ‘single quotes’ for quotation, rather than “double quotes”. Oh, those exotic foreign types! But other than that, it’s a perfectly fine little chapter book, with humor that survives better than some strip-to-text translations.
Here’s a picture of the Peanuts sticker-and-a-doghouse kit, coming out in September, as a Peanuts Movie item.
Meanwhile, Amazon is telling me that it tried and tried and just couldn’t get a copy of My First Peanuts: Hide and Seek, so it’s giving up. Which is a surprise, because the book isn’t slated to ship until November, and Amazon knew that. They’ve also figured out that they’re not getting some of the British-only books.