book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

The big A Charlie Brown Christmas book

Hallmark is on a personal plan to bankrupt me by putting out a new book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas every year. This year’s attempt is particularly aggressive. It’s a large book… not in page count, it’s a mere 10 pages, but in dimensions. Thirteen-and-a-half inches wide. Sixteen inches high. …

Animated Peanuts

An anniversary with an asterisk

Folks are celebrating today as the 55th anniversary of the premiere of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Which, well… Do you remember how I told you that Canadians got to see A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving before those of us who live in the United States did? Oh, sure you do. They …

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The misrecording of history

We just finished this Peanuts Christmas jigsaw puzzle, which takes element from A Charlie Brown Christmas and kicks out characters like Violet and 5 who actually did the work developing those moves, and replaces them with more popular characters. It’s like when they make the big-screen adaptation of your favorite video …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

As long as we’re in A Charlie Brown Christmas book season

I was recently looking over some of the coverage of the Schulzes opening their ice rink in Santa Rosa, and I noticed that a couple of papers had added illustrations. One used this picture: …which is pretty obviously a narrowed tracing of this Dale Hale drawing from the first book …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Mystery solved

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

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Best Time of the Year

Longtime readers of the blog know that my favorite time of the year is when the new book adaptations of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas arrive, and that in the current century, that usually means that I have several such joyous days per year. This year’s first such day brings …

Animated Peanuts

Review: Nest Friends & When Snoopy Met Woodstock

Newly released are two children’s storybooks in the Ready*To*Read line: Nest Friends and When Snoopy Met Woodstock. Both of these are adaptations of stories from The Snoopy Show, the currently running original animated series on the Apple TV+ streaming service. Rather than commissioning new art, the adaptation just has Ximena Hastings adapting …

A Charlie Brown Christmas

There was always a future for Peanuts animation

Part of the great history of A Charlie Brown Christmas was that the network didn’t really know what it had, was expecting it to disappoint, only to find that half the sets in the country were tuned into the tale of the little tree that could. Adding some complexity to this …

book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Get thee behind me, Santa!

I am totally, seriously against supporting any of the folks doing print-on-demand bootleg Peanuts notebooks, coloring books, and so forth. These folks are taking what is not theirs and delivering shoddy product based on that, and should not be supported. But if you ever wanted to tempt me otherwise, this …

Playing cards with pictures from A Charlie Brown Christmas
book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Deck: the haul for Christmas

Usually, the term “Christmas cards” does not apply to playing cards, but what we have here is an obvious exception — it’s a deck of A Charlie Brown Christmas-themed playing cards. Manufactured by Aquarius Image, a company that produces a range of Peanuts products from board games to bandages, the …