Classic finds

Snoopy books: Two new, one old.

Let’s see what’s come in recently. There’s Snoopy’s Happy Tales!, which collects five storybooks into a single hardcover volume. I’ve reviewed most of the stories before, so I’ll just put links to those reviews: A Best Friend for Snoopy Snoopy Takes Off! Woodstock’s First Flight! Snoopy Goes to School Shoot …

New releases

More on the Peanuts of Life

So I heard from the curator of the Schulz Museum, the one and only Benjamin L. Clark (oh, okay, those are common names, so there’s probably at least several Benjamin L. Clarks, but only one is the curator of the Schulz Museum. I assume.) He let me know that the …

New releases

Peanuts brought to Life

Life magazine regularly puts out specials on various topics, there to focus on (exploit) some popular topic — often the anniversary of some favorite item. So I was surprised to see one on Peanuts at a local grocery this week. There is no big anniversary being celebrated. Sure, we’re getting …

Classic finds

Schulz’s Public Spirit No. 1

In January 1962, newspapers began running this Charles Schulz piece promoting… newspapers! Yes, newspapers were very special, and newspapers wanted you to know that. Some papers ran it in full color in the Sunday funnies, others ran it in just black-and-white line art or in greyscale in the main sections. …

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 …

New releases

Review: Snoopy Says “Good Night”

  Hallmark has dipped its toe into the Peanuts cloth book market with Snoopy Says “Good Night”, an edge-of-your-seat thriller in which Snoopy says good night to Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, and (SPOILER WARNING) you. And they really pump up that last one, because on the left of the spread …

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Review: The Legend of Blackbeagle the Pirate

Hallmark has come out with a new hardcover storybook, The Legend of Blackbeagle the Pirate. This volume is very much a follow-up to last year’s The Adventures of the Candy Crusader, with again being focused on characters that Snoopy and Woodstock choose to play on Halloween, again with rhyming text by …

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Review: Countdown to Halloween

Peanuts: Countdown to Halloween With a Story a Day is literary advent calendar, a hardcover book that gives you a two-page prose piece with one illustration for each of the 31 days of October. As an exercise with a kid of the appropriate age — and it would have to …

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Recent Italian Peanuts covers

I like the look of these current Italian editions. That’s one of the cool things about Peanuts books — there are so many different publishers doing them in different eras, so you get a lot of different design ideas.

Classic finds

No, ’cause Kaws

I’m not a fan of the work of conceptual artist Kaws (real name: Brian Donnelly.) I can see where taking someone else’s character and replacing the eyes with Xs may make some statement in some context once or twice, but as a style for a lifetime, no… and when I …