HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE BROWN!
By Jill Grunenwald, a librarian and Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive
65 years ago today, Charles M. Schulz’s iconic comic strip made its first appearance (although it was still another two days before Charlie Brown’s beloved beagle bounced into his first panel) and next month the Peanuts gang will be making their big screen debut in the Peanuts Movie, which opens in theaters November 6, 2015.
I was given a Snoopy stuffed animal when I was born and still sleep with it thirty-three years later (#sorrynotsorry). Also, like, 95% of my Christmas decorations are Peanuts related so, needless to say, this Little Red Haired Girl is very, very excited for the film. That said, right now I’m even more excited to share with all of you the great Peanuts and Charles M. Schulz content available in the OverDrive catalog!
Being fall, I have to first mention It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, a book version of the cherished television special. That, of course, means A Charlie Brown Christmas is right around the wintery corner and 2015 marks 50 years of annual viewings (admit it: you get excited every year, too). We have a new beautiful adaptation available just in time for the holidays! We also have several volumes of Peanuts comic books that feature classic panels and familiar storylines.
Of course, we also have to recognize the man who gave us these wonderful characters and for that we offer several biographies that will appeal to a wide range of ages. For the younger readers there is Charles Schulz and Sparky: the Life and Art of Charles Schulz, while their parents will enjoy My Life with Charlie Brown and Only What’s Necessary.
For those interested in the man behind the music of Peanuts, check out Vince Guaraldi at the Piano, which charts the success and career of the Grammy Award-winning jazz musician who wrote the themes for the early television specials.
This is just the start of all the Peanuts related content we have, so grab those security blankets, burrow into the big red dog house, and get busy reading. Oh, and if you do happen to see the Great Pumpkin be sure to send him my way.
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