Peanuts Adventures

Every once in a while, a Peanuts book slips by me. That’s particularly true of a book like Peanuts Adventures, a book that didn’t get distributed through the standard book distribution means. This book was designed for the discount racks. When you go to a bookstore like Barnes & Noble and see a section of cheap books, they’re generally made up of two kinds of books. One kind is remainders, which are the leftover copies of a book that a publisher tried to sell in the normal way, but printed more than they need. The others is books like this, which are printed specifically for this type of discount rack. Most books you see, a bookstore can return if they don’t sell, and get their full money back. The remainders and discount books, however, the retailer gets a really good price on, but is stuck with if they don’t sell.

There have been a number of discount Peanuts books over the years, generally just reprints or compilations of previously-existing books. Such is the case of 2016′ Peanuts Adventures, which collects four of the Ready-to-Read storybooks (Time for School, Charlie Brown; Make a Trade, Charlie Brown!; You got a Rock, Charlie Brown!; and Lucy Knows Best) under one (hard) cover. All four of these stories are drawn by Robert Pope… who happened to mention this book online just after I’d purchased it via eBay, but before it arrived so I could figure out just how I’d missed it.

This book is no longer in print, but it’s not hard to find on the used market. (That’s a thing with kids books — the folks who these were bought for seven years ago likely feel they’ve outgrown them by now.)

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