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A Charlie Brown Christmas [Hardcover]

By Charles M. Schulz (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.02" Width: 8.46" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2002
Publisher   Little Simon
ISBN  0689853572  
EAN  9780689853579  

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From the Peanuts collection. A Charlie Brown Christmas hardcover gift book with CD. Features an embossed, gold lettered dust jacket and includes a four song CD with selections from the soundtrack, including "Christmas is Coming," "Skating," "Linus and Lucy" and "Christmas Time is Here (instrumental)." 32 pages. Measures 8.25" x 10.25" wide.

It's Christmas! The Peanuts gang is getting into the Christmas Spirit -- everyone except for Charlie Brown, that is. Despite the merry caroling and Christmas cheer, he can't help feeling that everybody has forgotten what Christmas is truly all about. Luckily for him, Lucy is organizing a Christmas party with lots of hilarious holiday surprises and a Christmas message to celebrate the season.

This classic Peanuts story is based on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning television special and video, and is packaged for the first time with four songs from the original soundtrack, performed by acclaimed pianist Vince Guaraldi and the Vince Guaraldi Trio. This gift edition is perfect for Peanuts fans of all ages.

Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing. ISBN 0-689-85357-2.

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

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More About Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz Charles M. Schulz (1922 -2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known for his Peanuts comic strip, which debuted in 1950. Peanuts went on to become the most widely read comic strip in the world, with an audience of 355 million people in 75 countries. It ran in 2,600 newspapers and was published in 21 languages.
Peanuts, one of the most beloved entertainment brands of all times, is a unique force across all media--newspaper, television, video, music, books, web, and theater. PEANUTS boasts an indelible cast of characters, including Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and Good Ol' Charlie Brown. Over 18,000 comic strips celebrate numerous themes (holidays & sports), countless poses (Snoopy lying on top of his doghouse), and well-known expressions ("Good grief!") that have become a part of the American vocabulary.

Charles M. Schulz lived in Santa Rosa, in the state of California. Charles M. Schulz was born in 1922 and died in 2000.

Charles M. Schulz has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Amp! Comics for Kids
  2. Complete Peanuts
  3. Little Golden Book
  4. Peanut Picturs Books
  5. Peanuts (Ballantine)
  6. Peanuts (Running Press)
  7. Peanuts (Simon)
  8. Peanuts (Video)
  9. Peanuts Every Sunday
  10. Peanuts Great American Adventure
  11. Peanuts Kids
  12. Peanuts Movie
  13. Peanuts Seasonal
  14. Peanuts(r)

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Charlie Brown Christmas Miniature  Nov 19, 2007
This book had a great cover and good quality paper for the pages, however the binding was not sturdy. One had to open the book wide to see all of the wording, but doing that created the string-binding to be stretched too much. I could tell that the pages would fall out after just a few readings. I love the story, but wish the binding was more substantial, especially as kids will be reading it.
Graphic SF Reader  Sep 3, 2007
Charlie Brown is being a xmas grump. For some reason he doesn't get it, at this particular point in time. Luckily, the rest of the Peanuts gang have a bit more of a clue, and then there is the faithful dog Snoopy, to help pull him through the midsummer morass of melancholy he is meandering his mug through.

No Match for the Real Christmas Special  Dec 9, 2003
Pay attention to the reviews on this book - it is not the real thing and fails to capture the magic of the special you saw on TV as a kid. It does clearly state on the title page that this is adapted from the special. I failed to comprehend what that meant. It means the story is abrigded - incredibly abrigded. Unfortunately at the same time it is also wordy. Nothing along the lines of reading the Peanut comic strips. The drawings also look off. Again nothing like the comic strip. A true adaptation of this special would be appropriate for children and adults. This book may work for kids but if you plan to give it to an adult friend to capture the magic of Christmas(as was my intention) don't bother. Very disappointing.
Uh, it's okay?  Jan 9, 2003
I thought Mr. Schulz's lawyer said "no" to any depiction of his characters ever to be done by the other artists after his death? As a result, this is a rather pale copy of the original art style and thus it looks a bit weird. So I think I'll go tell the lawyer on Paige Braddock.
A Keepsake!  Jan 1, 2002
I don't know, the book is a bit too wordy to read to a class, but it gives me memories of a wonderful TV special. I like the book for that reason.

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