Wow, this is late

I jus discovered that somehow I let the new book adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown slip by without announcement. This isn’t the one that’s part of the line of kiddie books. Instead, this is a miniature hardcover, a la last year’s A Charlie Brown Christmas adaptation. Well, it’s kind of late to pick this up before Halloween, but it is the right size (if somewhat incongruous) to use as a stocking stuffer. It covers the classic animated special in about 128 pages of text and art. They make some interesting decisions, such as going 10 full pages (admittedly, short ones) without any pictures. And changingtext fonts, sometimes for a reasonable effect, sometimes for no particular reason. But then, this really isn’t something to be read, it’s a cute little object to be owned, if you like that kind of thing. Don’t believe what the cover image that you see on the ordering page, the real cover is the one pictured here. The book has a built-in bookmark, with a metal pumpkin dangling from it.

Classic finds
Review: Christmas Gift Certificates for You

When I ordered a copy of the 1981 Hallmark Peanuts product Christmas Gift Certificates for You, I reckoned it would be one of those novelty coupon books, each page removable and offering the recipient a walk in the snow, help taking down the tree, or some Peanuts-y equivalent thereof. I …

New releases
A pop-up shows up

Here Comes Charlie Brown!: A Peanuts Pop-up, Gene Kannenberg, Jr.’s adaptation of the very first Peanuts strip, is not the first Peanuts book to reprint only a single strip. There was at least one board book that did much the same thing. However, that board book was, at heart, a …

Classic finds
English Phrases to Comfort Your Heart

The next book in my Amazon Japan shipment falls into the adorable category of “Peanuts used to explain American culture”.¬†English Phrases to Comfort Your Heart with Snoopy by Nobu Yamada falls into that category. It also falls into the category of “books which are meant to be destroyed”, as each …