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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I give this 5 stars because it gives the true meaning of Christmas
with some humor in it.
This book is good for all ages, from tiny tots to adults.
I am sooooo disappointed with this purchase. Am I the only one that missed the fact the book is only 1"X1"!!!! It's sooo tiny! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Shana
I should have read the description better. This book is so small you can barely even see anything. It is not worth the $6! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kristen
A beautifully illustrate adaption of a TV classic. Relive this Christmas story with your kids as a bedtime story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by VIMHP
You can never beat Charlie Brown and the gang and his Christmas tree around the holidays. Always a great classic to read!Published 4 days ago by Victoria Whitebread
I didn't know this book was tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand.Published 5 days ago by Jennifer Franko