Mystery solved

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Up until today, I only had a guess of the year that this boxed set, With LOVE from Charlie Brown, collecting six World Publishing adaptations of animated Peanuts specials was issued.

Picture of boxed set of Peanuts books, with a copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas book sitting out.
(Thanks fot Peanuts collectibles seller C. Pilgrim for the photo.)

But today, I found this ad, which ran in the magazine insert Family Weekly, which was included in various newspapers on November 8, 1970.

$12.95 — and if you pay for the whole set up front, they’ll cover the postage! Obviously, this was meant to land under some people’s Christmas tree. The firm selling the books, Grolier Enterprises, are better remember for their encyclopedia.

1970 seemed to be the year for the phrase “With Love from Charlie Brown,” because in February that was used as the title of a musical performed at the Wichita State University Experimental Theater. The show was just an abridged version of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and it received a mixed review.

Title from cover of A Charlie Brown Christmas
book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas
AAUGH! I missed one!

I have failed in my central role as the AAUGH Blogger. To wit, in 2018, a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas came out, and I didn’t detect it until this month! The department store chain Kohl’s, is constantly running their Kohl’s Cares promotion, where they sell books …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Christmas correction

Earlier, I announced that later this year Running Press would be issuing a kit with two a kit with two A Charlie Brown Christmas jigsaw puzzles and a 32-page book adaptation of the special. It turns out I was in error. The book enclosed will actually be a sticker book with …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Disappointment

So I found a listing on eBay that offered four old issues of Children’s Digest, a magazine that reprinted and excerpted stories for kids. Included in the lot was the December 1970 issue. Well, I glommed on to that one, because with the cover announcement of “Peanuts” Feature: A CHARLIE …