I’m a Peanuts book collector.
Now, that should come as no surprise to the readers of this blog. But occasionally I point out that I am not a “Peanuts collector”. I certainly accumulate other Peanuts stuff, but the thing I am aiming to be a completist on is books. And even within that, I excuse myself from collecting things like notebooks and activity books…. which I accumulate as well.
But sometimes what falls into the category of my collection can be arguable. For example, AAUGH Blog Reader Dennis pointed me toward The Great Big Book of Peanuts Word Seeks. Now, I’ve seen the periodical Peanuts Word Seeks magazines, but those are magazines, so they fall outside of the “gotta have it” criteria. But this thing… well, it says “book” in the title. Sure, it’s appearing on magazine racks, and it has an “on-sale until” date like a magazine, but again, “book” in the title. Right there, can’t ignore it, right?
But the cover says it’s a “special collector’s issue” — books don’t have issues! But it also has a volume number… some books have volume numbers, but for magazines the volume number applies to the whole year, not the individual publication.
So I guess we’re in “bookazine” territory. Even if it is a book, a book of word search puzzles, that falls into the “activity book” exception, no? But it’s not just the puzzles. The pages also have Peanuts strips on them, so it’s a reprint publication… if an inefficient one.
So I gave in. I ordered one from the publisher yesterday. (And then today I see it in the local CVS. Could’ve saved myself the $1.50 shipping and a couple weeks of waiting!)