Ah, there’s another Peanuts book coming up in that Popcorn Reader series for beginning English reader. It’s The Ice-Skating Competition, This one is based on the strip story where Peppermint Patty’s preparing for a skating contest, with Snoopy as her coach. Shipping in June, it’s available for preorder now.
Simon Spotlight (which is Simon and Schuster’s kids licensing line) is unleashing a lot of books in May, aimed at the younger crowd… including two with apparent Halloween themes:
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- You’ve Got a Rock, Charlie Brown!
- Meet the Peanuts Gang!: With Fun Facts, Trivia, Comics, and More!
- Snoopy Takes Off!
- Time for School, Charlie Brown
- Go Fly a Kite, Charlie Brown!
All are preorderable now. Despite the reuse of some existing titles, I suspect these are all new; those that list artists are listing ones that I don’t think have done Peanuts books before (such as Robert Pope on You’ve Got a Rock and Time for School; he’s been doing work on the Kaboom! Peanuts comic, including my story “New Shoe Zoom”.)
Interestingly, Simon & Schuster had a listing for some of these on their own website (although without anymore information than the bare bones you’ll see on Amazon at this point), but they’re gone now.
If they’re doing Great Pumpkin, I sure hope they’re doing A Charlie Brown Christmas as well. I’m feeling withdrawal pains due to the lack of any announced new edition of Christmas this year.
I recently got the latest two of Fantagraphics small square themed strip reprints, Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy’s Thanksgiving. What I find interesting is how different two books designed to be basically the same can be. They both reprint strips in the same format, generally one daily strip on a page. But the strip selection – the Great Pumpkin book focuses solely on reprinting strips from the 1950s and 1960s, with later strips only used for blowing up large for decorative purposes. The Thanksgiving book is made up I believe only of post-1960s strips. The Great Pumpkin book, focused on a particular (great) trope, does get a bit repetitive, as Schulz reintroduced the Great Pumpkin concept each year he used it, while Thanksgiving, not grounded in any specific Schulz invention, has less redundancy (perhaps a bit on the subject of Woodstock surviving the holiday.)
Both are still fairly nice little books. And if you get them, do take off the dust jackets and look at the well-selected images on the “boards”, as they’re called… although the image they chose for the board on the Thanksgiving book is the same one as the front cover of the upcoming Woodstock, Master of Disguise volume.
Here’s one (well, two) I wasn’t expecting: in August, British publisher Titan Books will reprint Peanuts and More Peanuts, the first two Peanuts books that were published, collecting strips from the first half of the 1950s.
As far as I know, this is the first time that More Peanuts has been published in the UK, and Peanuts was only published in an abridged edition.
(The links above are to Book Depository, which offers free shipping to the US.)
Coming in June is Snoopy and Friends, a part of Scholastic’s Popcorn Readers series – these are books aimed at those just learning to read English. The book has two stories in it built around strip storylines, and it looks like its the one where Schroeder gets his piano stuck in a kite-eating tree and a the one where Peppermint Patty attends an obedience school.