Holiday Gift Books: A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Night Before Christmas in Crochet

Talking about holiday gift books in late September might seem premature to the non-retailing readers of this blog. But for booksellers, it’s time to put the finishing touches on plans for the holiday gift tables. In that spirit, I offer two nice little stocking stuffers:

This is a new edition of the classic gift book, originally published in 1997. It takes readers behind the scenes of the making of the A Charlie Brown Christmas which first aired in in 1965.  It includes over 200 full-color animation illustrations and a look at the making of the cartoon from producer Lee Mendelson and original animator, the late Bill Melendez, who share their personal memories and charming reminiscences on the Christmas special and the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz. It also includes Vince Guaraldi’s original score, interviews with the child actors who were the voices of the Peanuts gang and trivia about the Peanuts gang.

Not at all a cartoon book, this is a memory piece for all of us who have grown up with this beloved story. You can see some sample pages from there book here.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition (9780062272140) by Charles M. Schultz. $19.99 hardcover. 10/22/13 on sale.

This is pretty darn adorable. I don’t ever plan on picking up a crochet hook yet this darling full color rendering of Moore’s poem had me at “Twas the night…” The book both tells the poem and shows crafters how to make a series of characters featured in the dioramic photographs. Cute! Sample pages here.

The Night Before Christmas in Crochet (9780062289742) by Clement C. Moore and Mitsuki Hoshi. $16.99 hardcover. 10/22/13 on sale.

 

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