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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Giveaway)

Who hasn't seen the special animated film, A Charlie Brown Christmas? I think you've be hard pressed to find an American child who isn't familiar with this holiday classic. (And if you did find one, then you'd probably feel sorry for them and should probably show them the film!)

If you are in the happy habit of watching this seasonal classic, then you might be interested in A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition. In this nice new hardback book you can read the behind-the-scenes story of how this film came to be made. You can learn a little bit about Schultz, see photographs of the movers and shakers who brought the Peanut characters to life, and see some of the early sketches. I found the first ads which were released to publicize this cartoon to be a fun curiosity.

There is a section of the book which includes an illustrated script should you be inclined to read the story instead of watch it. (The story is illustrated with screen shots.) And, should you feel like playing the music from the film on your very own piano, this book also includes sheet music for the songs performed by Vince Guaraldi.

Peanut fans will definitely be interested in this book, as well as anyone who is interested in film and television history. A Charlie Brown Christmas has definitely stood the test of time, delighting new audiences each year, as parents and grandparents introduce their progeny to the pathetic but lovable Charlie Brown. And why might the older generation be inclined to revisit this tale and pass it along to others? In the words of Charles Schultz:

"There will always be a market for innocence in this country."

I think that is most definitely true. I prefer Charlie Brown to more modern productions because the world of Charlie Brown is somewhat simple and very slow paced. The screen isn't throwing action and potty humor at you. Charlie Brown is just good, clean fun that is easy to enjoy. The same is true for this book. It's just a fun way to learn more about a favorite show.

If you too have appreciated this show, then you might also appreciate the fact that !t Books has offered to give away one copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition to one of you. To win? Simply leave a comment below including a valid e-mail address! This contest is open to US Residents only and will be open through Tuesday, November 26th.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER (as selected by random.org) IS #10 - Sandra CONGRATULATIONS!

Many thanks to !t Books for sending copy of this book my direction in order to facilitate this review. I received no additional compensation and all opinions are 100% my own.

14 comments:

traveler said...

What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Barbara H. said...

This is one of my favorite Christmas TV specials. barbarah06(at)gmail(dot)com.

petite said...

This book is a treasure. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Stephanie Kay said...

We love Charlie Brown and own a couple of the holiday DVDs! I'm sure my kids would enjoy this books. stephanie @ everydayfamilyliving.com

debbie said...

I love this show. It isn't Christmas until we watch it (that is always our joke).
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Laura Hartness said...

What a sweet program, and I'm sure the book would be an interesting read. My husband would love it as well. Thanks for the giveaway! CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

Kendal said...

I would love to share Charlie Brown with my kids!

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Katie said...

Wow. This would be the perfect Christmas gift for my brother. I would love to win!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

This sounds amazing! I love Charlie Brown and the Christmas Special is always a favorite!

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Sandra said...

Have fond memories of this movie. Would love to read the behind the scene story.

sandrajc30@comcast.net

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win this giveaway. Sounds like a good treasure.

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The Giggling Gull said...

I love giveaways! marijo taverne @ clear wire . net

Annette W. said...

Ooo...a good gift idea, too, if I can part with it. :) thissimplemom at gmail dot com

Beth said...

I love Charlie Brown Christmas
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