Sunday, August 13, 2023

Today's read... It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

Today's read comes from the classic Charlie Brown series and was a yearly 'must' around Halloween in my childhood...but in TV form. My sister still keeps this annual tradition in her family, while it kind of got lost in mine as we lived in Germany. My kids find it cute, but I can't seem to get the same excitement drummed up for it as my sister does. 

Anyway, I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of the latest edition. This one comes in board book form and is large and gorgeous. But I'm going to stop there and just let you continue to read on and find out more.

by Charles M. Schulz
Simon Spotlight
Board Book / Holiday
32 pages
ages 2 and up

A spooky season classic gets new life in this lap board book edition of the Peanuts gang’s whimsical Halloween adventures!

It’s Halloween night, and the Peanuts gang is busy dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and bobbing for apples. Meanwhile, Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin to rise from the pumpkin patch and bring toys to all the children of the world. Could this be the year it finally appears?

© 2023 Peanuts Worldwide LLC



There's a reason this tale has turned into a classic, and this book makes it fun to let the younger end of the reading audience enjoy it whenever they would like.

The board book is large, spanning around a foot in length. The pages are a tad bit thinner than the standard, sturdy board books. So, this one will take more of a beating than a standard picture book but does need a bit of care. The pages are easy to wipe off for smaller mishaps.

The illustrations carry familiar settings, characters and scenes, and are very bright and bold. The larger size of the book makes each one fun to sink into. The text is on the heavier side for a board book, but does a good job at condensing the original tale down into a readable amount for the intended age group. In other words, this one makes a nice read-aloud and will have fans of the show as well as others kept in the story. 

It's a lovely way to enjoy the classic tale and keeps the spirit of it nicely. The characters come across well, and while I did find the ending a little abrupt, at first, it's not really considering the age group. I enjoyed this version quite a bit and am adding it to my book shelf because this one will continue to be a favorite for years to come.

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