You won’t be able to get your sticky little fingers on this for a couple months yet (which means you can still go preorder it and lock in the best preorder price), but yes, my next book The Snoopy Treasures has been printed and I have a copy in my hands! Woohoo! <Sound of Nat doing the Author Dance.>
One of the joys I’ve had doing this blog is picking apart some of the biographies of Schulz written for kids, generally sold as part of bulk sets of biographies meant to fill school library shelves, offering light reading for youngsters who need to do book reports.
The problem with doing that now is, well, I have a conflict of interest. Without going into detail, with my publisher’s hat on, I’m likely to be putting out a youth-oriented bio of Schulz in the not-too-distant future. As such, my putting on my blogger hat to pull apart something that might even vaguely be seen as the competition might be seen as practicing unfair competition rather than perfectly fair snarkiness.
Luckily, I don’t have to rip apart the new book Charles Schulz, part of the Children’s Storyteller subline of Blastoff! Readers books, this one a level 4. Written by Kari Schuetz, this Schuetz-on-Schulz book is a full-color, design-heavy 24 page hardcover. It doesn’t have a lot of text – about 2 paragraphs per page, counting both body text and sidebars – but at least it does it without major errors. It’s not going to have a lot of new information for the sort of folks who are reading this blog, but that’s not its aim; you aren’t its target. The images (photos, strips, and diagrams) run one per page, and are largely well-chosen.
I tried ordering this from Amazon, but they told me they wouldn’t be able to get it. So I ordered it from BN.com, they delivered it just fine… and now I see that Amazon actually has them in stock… for about $6 less than what I paid. Oh, the things I do to make sure I have things to review for you, my loyal reader!
PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ – Press Check with Managing Editor Bryce Carlson (with images, tweets) · boomstudios · Storify
The folks at Boom Studios have posted a series of images and videos from their press check for the upcoming book Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz.
I’m already getting questions from folks about how to buy those Charlie Brown Christmas stamps. They hit the streets in October, but you should be able to preorder them at The Postal Store @ USPS.com sometime in September. However, as best as I can tell (and that is a real limitation) they only ship stamps to US addresses. Those outside our borders who want to get them should seek another route.
Things have been a little quiet on the Kaboom! comic book front of late, but coming in November is a one-shot comic Peanuts: The Snoopy Special. “Follow Snoopy, the World Famous Sergeant-Major of the Foreign Legion, on the mission of a lifetime to save his dear brother Spike, encountering adventure at every which corner of the neighborhood—from Lucy’s Psychiatric Booth to Schroeder’s piano.” The cover price is $4.99, and there is a standard and an alternative cover. Your local comic book store will be placing their orders next month, so let them know now!