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A Charlie Brown Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Charles M. Schulz
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Start this holiday season off with a bang by celebrating with the PEANUTS gang in the timeless classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. Read along with Charlie Brown in his heartwarming quest to uncover the true meaning of Christmas with Snoopy, Linus, and friends! This digital edition is faithful to the original television special that airs every Christmas season and makes the perfect gift for young and old PEANUTS fans.

Editorial Reviews Review

Just like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine, this illustrated read-along seeks to re-create the popular Peanuts TV show of the same name. This edition also includes a four-song sampler CD from jazz-great Vince Guaraldi's brilliant soundtrack.

With illustrator Paige Braddock aping Charles Schulz's style, A Charlie Brown Christmas retells the Emmy Award-winning program blow-by-blow (with a few omissions), from the ice-skating opening scene to preparations for the school pageant to Charlie Brown's ill-fated Christmas tree rescue. Braddock almost perfectly mimics the show's cast and backdrops, but just as no one could be fooled by even expert impersonation of a loved one, Peanuts fans might find the niggling differences distracting (whether it's Schroeder's too-wavy hair or Pig Pen's just-too-small head).

A "novelization" like this probably can't ever hope to completely recapture the charm of the original, even if it had used Schulz's original art. Although the dialogue has been faithfully reproduced, much of the story's subtle appeal and cultural subtext gets lost in the book's simplified exposition--which is too bad, given that these are precisely the qualities which have made the show (and Schulz's timeless strip) so durable and well-loved in the first place. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 4–Back in the day, it wasn't Christmas until “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was shown on TV. This pop-up adaptation follows the original pretty faithfully. The illustrations are fine, and the pop-up and movable elements are simple. Still, it somehow lacks the charm of the television production–possibly because it doesn't include the voices of the child actors who embodied each character so perfectly. While it's sturdier in construction than many of the elaborate pop-up titles that have been released in recent years, it's still too fragile for repeated usage.Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10262 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Peanuts Worldwide, LLC (November 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have just reissued the original December 7, 2001
I love "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and so was completely disappointed by this paperback book edition of the story.
The "By Charles M. Schulz" on the cover and in the listing hides the fact that the text is not by Schulz, but is "adapted" by other people. The text adaptation is painfully bad -- I could barely force myself to read it to my child the other night. The text is way too wordy, which contradicts the whole style of Schulz's comic strip, and changes key dialog of characters.
The illustrations are okay, but why not just use the original drawings by Schulz himself?
A book version of A Charlie Brown Christmas was printed in the 1960's; the publishers would have been smarter to reissue the original book rather than create this new version.
If you want to have a book version of A Charlie Brown Christmas, I highly recommend that you spend a bit more money and buy the hardcover book, "A Charlie Brown Christmas: the Making of a Tradition". You won't regret it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Read December 17, 2013
By DonnaJN
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm another who is disappointed in this book. The print is so tiny and can't be enlarged enough to read.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch the TV Show December 16, 2001
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is one of the greatest television shows of all time, thanks to a classic script by one of the greatest cartoonists of all time.
But this book just does not capture its flavor. The art is not by Schulz, and though loyal to his style, does not FEEL like Schulz. Couldn't they have used images from the actual show?
Worse, important moments are lost, probably due to space constraints. For instance, Linus's stirring soliloquy, performed solo in the show, here takes place in a crowded room for storytelling purposes.
I got this book for an office mate because she loves Schulz and because it was the only color Peanuts book I could find that was in the $5-10 price range dictated by our office Christmas pool.
People may well love this book because they love the TV show (and there's nothing wrong with that), but I don't think anyone would ever love it for itself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice product but not quite what I expected. November 8, 2011
This book was delivered in good condition and within the estimated delivery window. However, this book turned out to be about 2" square, and I was expecting a full-sized children's book instead of a decorator item. Mildly disappointing, since I love the Charlie Brown stories so much.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very small book! August 17, 2013
By Ath
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed when I received this book. It is so small! I just reread the description where it states the size, however this needs to be made larger. I would never have purchased it knowing how small it was. It's not worth $5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charlie Brown Christmas book January 2, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is just like the TV version in so many ways. I love this book. Great for addition to anyones collection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing December 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I should have read the reviews! I was thinking I would enjoy this on my Fire, but, as others have already mentioned, the print is so tiny I can't even read the words, and the font size can't be changed. It is only the classic pictures that made me give this book 2 stars. Don't bother ... even if it's free :(
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Whoever scanned this to make the Kindle version did a very poor job. Text is completely unreadable, on several devices that our family owns.
I got it for free, and it wasn't worth the effort to buy it and download it to my Paperlight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars tiny litttle book
it is a tiny little book !!! but that is fine. I placed it with my Charlie Brown Tree! love it!
Published 6 days ago by patti
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Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the story....but
I should have read the reviews before I got it, glad it was free. The print and pictures are so small it's unreadable. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Linda Gibson
1.0 out of 5 stars Words are too small
Disappointed in this download as the words 're to small and you cannot see them. The e book does not allow you to make the text bigger. Oh well.
Published 14 days ago by mimibee
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Favorite
I downloaded this to my kindle to take with us when we go to the holiday parades. My 4 yr old love charlie brown. Even after the season, he still likes to hear the story.
Published 17 days ago by firefox824
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love Charlie Brown?
after watching the Christmas special many times myself over the years -- and all my kids watching it, it was nice to have this for them as well.
Published 19 days ago by Doreen R. Terrell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
My sister liked it sooooooooooooo
much she gave a five star review. She liked the texture of the story and how you told
it. I liked it a lot too!
Published 19 days ago by flynmoose
1.0 out of 5 stars book
I downloaded this book onto my Kindle for the grandchildren. However, the print is so small, and it will not allow you to enlarge it, I would not recommend it.
Published 23 days ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages
This is a wonderful story. Charles M. Schulz has as always put together a thought provoking and leave you with a warm feeling story.
Published 29 days ago by L. Hajnos
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this book:|
loved the pictures and lesson.
I also like the fact that everything Charlie Brown does is bad. From Hannah Lutz
Published 29 days ago by Hannah Lutz
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