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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Brown
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 0040-Anniversary edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006089721X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060897215
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every year, as the leaves start turning gold and the night air gets chilly, children all over the world begin dreaming of the Great Pumpkin... Well, at least one faithful child does. Poor Linus. While Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, and the gang make preparations for trick-or-treating and Halloween parties, this stalwart believer risks their ridicule to write his annual letter to the mystical orange orb, in hopes that this year he'll be able to catch sight of his hero as he rises from the most sincere pumpkin patch around to fly through the air with his bag of toys for all the children.

For over 35 years, children have eagerly anticipated Halloween, not just for the tricks and treats, but because they know their favorite television special will be aired. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is based on this TV program, so now fans can enjoy the Halloween antics of the Peanuts gang any time. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“It is very true to the original fun and glorious story of Linus and The Great Pumpkin and I loved sharing it with my family.”
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If you love the Peanuts gang, you will love this book.
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Now, once again, I will put this old copy of the book back on the shelf, until the next time I need to read it.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on August 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I almost feel like a traitor saying anything less than praise for this book featuring the Peanuts Gang created originally by Charles M. Schulz. I, like millions of others, grew up with Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Violet, Snoopy, Pig Pen, Schroeder, and Sally. Every year at Halloween I looked forward to seeing the story of sincere Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. This book contains all the characters and it re-tells essentially the same story but it has been illustrated by Paige Braddock rather than Schulz and adapted by Justine and Ron Fontes and seems to have lost something in the process. The Peanuts gang always was kind of surly with each other, calling names like Blockhead, pulling footballs out from each other and laughing at one another's expense. In this story, of course, Linus is the brunt of the teasing because he has undying faith in the mythical Great Pumpkin. For years I loved watching the Charlie Brown cartoon specials, the catchy piano jazz theme and the short, big-headed kids with their flat feet and funny facial expressions. Who could help loving Snoopy as the Red Baron or little Woodstock? These cartoons have always had a decidedly adult sense of humor, sometimes rather dark humor even though children the world over have loved the cartoon kids themselves.
This book doesn't work, in my opinion, precisely because it is NOT the TV movie. As a picture book it is placed directly into the world of children's literature and as such, the innocence of the readership makes satire seem inappropriate and it comes off as bad-tempered, impatient and indifferent to the feelings of others. This is not something I want to convey to children and it is not something I like to see done to a classic.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bill b. on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Um, don't really know who Paige Braddock is, or what she's doing here. When I was young there was a book adaptation which featured artwork from the tv special itself, including Snoopy's wild dogfight with the Red Baron. Tough to support a "newly re-drawn" version, especially one that's done after the creator's passing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dana P. Barrick on September 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you own the Christmas edition one then the Great Pumpkin one is in the same format. It has interesting facts, two piano score pages,and the colored story of it. It is worth your money and is good for any Peanuts fans collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Miner on November 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
My wife talked me into this one. Love "Peanuts" and certainly "The Great Pumpkin", just not into reading books about them. Well, I take that back, I enjoyed "Good Grief", the biography on Charles Schulz, as well as a treasury of his works. Anyway, finally sat down to read this one over the holidays, and I was glad she talked me into it. They broke the mould with Schulz, and this was a nice trip down memory lane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Beaverhausen VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
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"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic" takes you behind the scenes of the Halloween classic. While Charles Schulz is sadly missed, executive producer Lee Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez serve up many interesting tidbits. It's surprising to hear how tentative the TV execs were, even after the monster hit that the Peanuts gang delivered with their Christmas special. At the time, Halloween was not the powerhouse holiday that it is today in the US.

This book contains the full script, along with never-before-seen photographs, storyboard excerpts, production materials, and interviews with the original child actors (who changed every few years as their voices changed). While the focus is on "Great Pumpkin," the book spans the years. (There's no interview with the Black-Eyed Peas' Fergie, though, who played Sally in one of the later TV specials.) If you enjoy this one, definitely check out the companion A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Even though this 35th Anniversary Edition is illustrated by someone else, it's essentially the same story book that appeared years ago. True, the story has been trimmed down some. But most of the elements are still there: Linus' desperate hoping, Charlie Brown's holey costume, Lucy putting her brother to bed. The illustrations look almost identical to the drawings of the beloved Schulz and if it weren't for the fact that Paige Braddock's name appears on the title page, one wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Besides, this is a great "Peanuts" story and one of the best Halloween stories around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daren on April 23, 2011
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The book is one of series of Running Press Kids books that sells at $4.95 on Amazon. The two I bought contain about 22-24 colored pages and include about 30 stickers apiece. It's a short story of the TV series targeted toward the toddler. It's a nice little story (with stickers) for the price...for a toddler.
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By A Customer on October 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I grew up with these wonderful characters. Reading their delightful stories, watching their holiday specials aired on TV. I knew, growing up, I would somehow try and create as loveable a character as those Charles Schulz invented. Though I "have" succeeded in becoming a children's author and illustrator, the Peanuts I've always admired remain a personal favorite. Thank you Mr. Schulz for leaving us the imagination of your dreams.
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