As I’ve mentioned in the past, while I try to bring you all the interesting Peanuts book information that I can, there are times that I have information that, due to professional obligations, I am not free to share. The post from last week about the Classic Peanuts Paint-By-Number Kit is a clear example of this. I talked about how the kit has materials for doing 5 paint-by-numbers, including paints and brush and stands, and that it included a 48 page book. I didn’t give you any information that couldn’t be found in the packager’s catalog. But I actually did know more about that book. A lot more.
You see, I wrote it.
Since the kit now has a listing at the website for Barnes & Noble (which, by the way, is where it will be available; this is a B&N exclusive) and since my name is on it, I am now free to announce my involvement. I can even tell you that the book, Classic Peanuts: Great Moments, takes a look at 10 popular recurring gags in Peanuts (the psychiatric booth, the Red Baron, things like that), all illustrated with example strips. The kit is available for preorder, even if the listing there is a little sparse as I type this (but it may be more populated by the time you read this; the publication date is listed as next week.)