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Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 23, 2008
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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.
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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.
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.
This is a cute little book and I think it's worth getting while it's free.
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A heart warming classic from long ago. I will never see the like of Charlie and Charles M. Schulz again and the world is a sadder, colder place without them.Published 1 month ago by Joseph I. Ponte
Didn't realize it was the miniature edition until after it arrived. Maybe that was my fault, but I don't remember seeing that as part of the description.Published 1 month ago by Krista Smith
Kids love this book a Christmas favorite to be enjoyed year after year.Published 1 month ago by MWeedo
Love this classic Christmas story! And I love that it tells what Christmas truly is about. And my kids love it too.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Besides Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, there's is no one like Charlie Brown! And let's face it he is the "Charlie Brownist!"Published 3 months ago by Brandi Kelley
A beautiful book. Arrived exactly as pictured. Large very colorful pictures with a canvas covered hard back cover. I love the Peanuts and this will make you love them too. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JesusIsMyRock
be aware of the product dimensions. I was looking for the regular size.Published 3 months ago by Jman