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Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 23, 2008

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: Peanuts
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids; Deluxe edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762433051
  • ASIN: B004H8GL4K
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (766 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen J. Van Hook on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By DonnaJN on December 17, 2013
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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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Format: Paperback
"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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A simple little book that quietly shows the true meaning of Christmas to the Peanuts gang. The simplicity of our Saviour's love easily surpasses the trappings and gadgetry of Christmas from the store.
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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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This book will never lose its appeal. I used to read it every year during the holiday season and read it to my daughter for years until she could read it for herself. She loves it just as much as me, and we even have our own Charlie Brown Christmas tree :)
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I have a keyboard kindle so I really couldn't download this book but when books like this are offered for free I read them in kindle cloud reader on my computer. The book for kindle is different that the look inside the book shown and you can't make the print any bigger because you can't make pictures bigger in kindle cloud reader and the print is part of the illustrations ( but you can make the print bigger for other regular print books on kindle cloud reader). When books are free that I know I won't read right away I put them in cloud reader that way I can always transfer them to kindle or kindle for computer.if I want to.
This is a cute little book and I think it's worth getting while it's free.
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