Taking my computer into the shop (I will have to struggle without it for DAYS! Withdrawal, withdrawal!), I stopped in at the Hallmark shop to waste a few minutes until my Genius Bar appointment. Hallmark has been on my mind lately as I wonder whether it might make sense for them to buy Icoonix’s stake in Peanuts Worldwide. Checking in pays off (if you consider spending $20 “paying off”), as they have this book. I almost overlooked it, as the book’s Itty Bittyness overwhelms its Peanutsyness. This goes for the book’s tale as well, as it’s a nobosy’s-really-aggrieved look at the Sally/Linus/Othmar love triangle. Now, that’s a romantic muddle that could have legs…. But there are no legs allowed in IttyBittyland!
Just a quick note that Merry Christmas Charlie Brown Look-and-Find, which I evaluated here and decided that it was not an adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas (although it does have some references to it) is available in paperback from the Scholastic Book Club. If you’re ordering your kid books online, its order code is 47K4.
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the Peanuts gang are up for sale. Strawberry Shortcake too
Several people have called my attention to the fact that Iconix, the majority owners of Peanuts Worldwide (the company co-owned by the Schulzes) are looking to sell.
This doesn’t surprise me much. Iconix has done what one tries to do to generate money out of the property, and with them holding ownership we’ve seen a major feature film and new TV work. Once you’ve done that, you have a better sense of the commercial value, and can set a price, leaving it to someone else who thinks they can find more value in it. Another feature film seems unlikely at this point, and the end of the Met Life license can’t have helped ongoing income.
If Peanuts is sold, I hope it finds a home that can treat it as the unique material it is, and not just as a bunch of Snoopy clip art. (Although the Schulz family will continue to own their share of Peanuts Worldwide, and they clearly take their stewardship seriously.)
Yes, I sacrifice much for you, my dear AAUGH Blog readers! I actually ordered myself a copy of the book on this bold new Peanuts Gang, finally finding a replacement for those characters from the last century! No more Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty. Now, The Peanuts Gang (and it’s italicized, always italicized) is twin sisters Fiona and Maggie and their cousin Beanie. They go on a little journey, and each takes a special object – a magic wand, a sword, a lightsaber, and their journey gives them an opportunity to use it. Who needs a World War I Flying Ace when they have that?
Look, I’m not really going to review some former schoolteacher’s self-published labor of love. I hope it finds enough of a home to make author Rosemary Inguagiato happy. But if any one of you is thinking about self-publishing a title, well, more power to you… but ask someone, almost anyone, whether they’ve heard of the title first. Or try the Google; I hear it’s popular.
I sadly actually want to get all of the biographies of Charles Schulz aimed at children. These things, almost always issued as part of a large set of biographies aimed to fill library space and be the easiest thing to write a book review about, tend to be expensive, and the only real joy is when they’re bad on some level. They’re too short to ever be great.
The latest one of these is part of the Amazing Authors subset of the Zoom in On set of biographies published by Abdo. Written by Jennifer Strand, the body of the biography clocks in at a lush 25 short sentences. It is not bad on the level the enjoyable bad ones get to be. There is an arguable point (was “Peanuts” a renaming of “Li’l Folks” as this states, or by the time you switch from a single panel gag series without continuing characters to a four-panel strip with continuing characters and a different name, do you have a different feature?), one imprecise statement (Peanuts “was also a musical play”; I’m pretty sure most of my audience here could name ”two” musical plays derived from the strip), and with almost every page having an image, they sometimes went with the picture they could get rather than something relevant (the background to a page talking about “Li’l Folks” is a shot of a museum wall with a late-in-the-run “Peanuts” Sunday strip on the wall.) But there’s none of the egregious turning-Schulz’s-two-wives-into-one-woman, misspelling-name-on-cover, drawing-of-Schulz-in-skyscraper-that-has-doors-to-the-outside-on-a-high-floor badness that I use to justify having spent hundreds of dollars on these dang things over the years.
Selling for about 50% more than a volume of Complete Peanuts through Amazon, you don’t need this… unless you’ve already got all of the rest of these things that you could find. If, like me, you have that disease, then here’s another one for you!