I just received Peanuts: Friends Forever, the newest in Ballantine’s square reprint books. Like most of this series, it has the strips in color (taken from the recent newspaper reprints), with three dailies or one Sunday on each of the book’s 148 pages of strips. That means hundreds of strips, all from 1965-1967, so you get pre-Marcy Peppermint Patty, Sally with an eyepatch, Linus blanket attacking Lucy, a measles shot, and many good examples of the usual tropes. Good stuff to be had!
I just had a quartet of moviemakers in my house, interviewing me and filming some of the stuff in the AAUGH.com Reference Library as part of a documentary they’re making to promote The Peanuts Movie. So I put on my act-like-an-expert hat, took off my glasses (they were causing an odd reflection – so now the world will see me unbespectacled! I feel naked!), gave them the best answers I could. We shall see what comes of it.
You won’t be able to get your sticky little fingers on this for a couple months yet (which means you can still go preorder it and lock in the best preorder price), but yes, my next book The Snoopy Treasures has been printed and I have a copy in my hands! Woohoo! <Sound of Nat doing the Author Dance.>
One of the joys I’ve had doing this blog is picking apart some of the biographies of Schulz written for kids, generally sold as part of bulk sets of biographies meant to fill school library shelves, offering light reading for youngsters who need to do book reports.
The problem with doing that now is, well, I have a conflict of interest. Without going into detail, with my publisher’s hat on, I’m likely to be putting out a youth-oriented bio of Schulz in the not-too-distant future. As such, my putting on my blogger hat to pull apart something that might even vaguely be seen as the competition might be seen as practicing unfair competition rather than perfectly fair snarkiness.
Luckily, I don’t have to rip apart the new book Charles Schulz, part of the Children’s Storyteller subline of Blastoff! Readers books, this one a level 4. Written by Kari Schuetz, this Schuetz-on-Schulz book is a full-color, design-heavy 24 page hardcover. It doesn’t have a lot of text – about 2 paragraphs per page, counting both body text and sidebars – but at least it does it without major errors. It’s not going to have a lot of new information for the sort of folks who are reading this blog, but that’s not its aim; you aren’t its target. The images (photos, strips, and diagrams) run one per page, and are largely well-chosen.
I tried ordering this from Amazon, but they told me they wouldn’t be able to get it. So I ordered it from BN.com, they delivered it just fine… and now I see that Amazon actually has them in stock… for about $6 less than what I paid. Oh, the things I do to make sure I have things to review for you, my loyal reader!
PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ – Press Check with Managing Editor Bryce Carlson (with images, tweets) · boomstudios · Storify
The folks at Boom Studios have posted a series of images and videos from their press check for the upcoming book Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz.