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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Little Simon, c2001.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm.
General Note:
"Based on the television special produced by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez."

"Adapted from the works of Charles M. Schulz."
Linus convinces Sally to wait for the Great Pumpkin to arrive on Halloween.


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Adapted for the first time since the late 1960s, this 35th anniversary tie-in to the Peanuts' classic television special features Linus giving up trick-or-treating on Halloween to await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Full-color illustrations. 50,000

Author Notes

Charles Monroe Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 26, 1922. He started drawing at a young age, practicing with popular characters such as Popeye. When he was 15, one of his pictures appeared as an illustration in "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" He took a correspondence course with Art Instruction Inc., where he later taught, and served in the Army during World War II.

The Peanuts (originally called Li'l Folks, a name that was changed by the United Feature Syndicate) began syndication on October 2, 1950, when it appeared in seven newspapers. Schulz's work went on to become the most popular syndicated comic strip of all time, appearing in 2600 papers in 75 countries around the world. Schulz drew everyone of the more than 18,250 Peanuts strips himself and his contract stipulated that no one else would ever draw them.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang also appear in a number of television specials, the first of which was A Charlie Brown Christmas (1964), created with animator Bill Melendez. It is one of the most watched and best loved television shows in history and winner of an Emmy and a Peabody.

Charles Schulz has been inducted into the Cartoonists Hall of Fame and won numerous awards. He was given Reuben Awards by the National Cartoonists Society in 1955 and 1964, the Yale Humor Award (1956), the School Bell Award from the National Education Society (1960), and the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. In 1990, his work was shown at the Louvre.

Schulz retired after being diagnosed with colon cancer. The final daily Peanuts strip appeared in January 3, 2000 and the final Sunday strip, along with a letter of thanks to his editors and fans, appeared on February 13, 2000. Schulz died in his home in Santa Rosa, California on February 12, 2000 within hours of the publication of his farewell strip.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Every fall, one faithful fictional character writes a very important letter to the Great Pumpkin. And every fall, countless children watch and rewatch the television classic that tells the story of Schulz's Peanuts characters on Halloween night. This retelling of the beloved Halloween TV special includes the same costumes, characters, trick-or-treating, and the wait for the Great Pumpkin. However, this abridged version removes several scenes that Peanuts fans will be sure to miss. Snoopy's debut as a World War I Flying Ace is relegated to an aside, with the scene of Schulz's trusty dog seeking the Red Baron and retreating into the French countryside completely absent from this version. Here, kids don't watch Lucy wake up in the middle of the night to find Linus asleep in the pumpkin patch. Instead, the text reads, "Linus falls asleep waiting, and later that night Lucy comes to bring him home and tuck him into his warm bed" over a previous illustration. Those hoping to read and view all of the familiar parts of the TV special might notice the missing scenes, while younger listeners and those that are new to the story might enjoy the heart of this beloved work just the same. Jeralds's bold illustrations are fun and bright and the cover uses catching holographic foil and embossing, but the adapted text summarizes more than it does share a story. VERDICT Just as Sally feels robbed of Halloween, some readers may find themselves deprived of a full, unabridged retelling of this classic. An additional purchase.-Brianne Colombo, Pequannock Township Public Library, NJ © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.