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Review: A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 6, 2013

A Charlie Brown Christmas

When I was growing up there weren’t that many holiday specials on TV and those that were only aired one time.  That meant careful planning if you wanted to see them.  The one special that my sister and I always looked forward to the most was A Charlie Brown Christmas.  With beloved characters and a timeless message, it’s hard not to love this classic television special.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition by Lee Mendelson with reminiscences by Bill Melendez fills readers/viewers in on the background of the show that was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company.  An advertising agency contacted Lee Mendelson after viewing a documentary on Charles Schulz that he produced.  He readily agreed and had to scramble to put things together.  Thankfully, things worked out and, with a lot of help, he was able to meet the deadline.

This book is a treasure for anyone who loves Peanuts.  Not only does Mendelson fill readers in on the details of the production, he also puts a face on those who made this special so magical, including the children who did the voices of the characters.  Included are interviews, artwork, and even musical scores.  The second half of the book contains an illustrated manuscript of A Charlie Brown Christmas and it was such a treat to read.   This book is a must have for Peanuts lovers and would make a wonderful gift.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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26 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    December 6, 2013 6:10 am

    There were about a half dozen of those shows that could not be missed…Frosty, Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch, The Year Without a Santa Claus (remember the awesome Heat Miser and Snow Miser?), It’s a Wonderful Life. I have such nostalgia over Charlie Brown! I’m going to chase this one down at the bookstore and have a look.

  2. December 6, 2013 7:38 am

    Me too, what Sandy said! :–)

  3. December 6, 2013 7:39 am

    I may be one in the minority who hasn’t read these!

  4. December 6, 2013 7:55 am

    I will have to have this…the music alone brings tears to my eyes (tears of joy and nostalgia of course) 🙂

  5. December 6, 2013 9:01 am

    Indeed a book that should be added to a permanent library. I sort of miss watching those classic Christmas program or movies. Why don’t I just sit down and do it? I”m not that OLD!.

  6. December 6, 2013 9:48 am

    “The Piano Guys” (all of their performances are great – and unusual) have a great music video of them playing the Charlie Brown song. They are performing in an assisted care facility and the audience is crazy excited.

  7. December 6, 2013 9:51 am

    I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as the other shows Sandy mentioned. There definitely weren’t as many specials way back then and watching was always an event. Will have to look for this book!

  8. December 6, 2013 9:56 am

    I love insider info about tv shows, so I’m intrigued, but I have to say, I hate the Charlie Brown specials! Something about them totally bothers me.

  9. December 6, 2013 10:20 am

    Oh so cute! That brings back memories!

  10. December 6, 2013 11:18 am

    Just watched it last night with my daughter. She is 13 and still loves it!

  11. December 6, 2013 11:26 am

    Your review brought a smile to my face. Thanks!

  12. December 6, 2013 12:54 pm

    What a nice book to get a chance to read. 🙂 It has actually been a few years since I caught this on TV. Should try and watch it this year!

  13. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 6, 2013 12:58 pm

    Sounds like a treasure indeed.

  14. December 6, 2013 2:14 pm

    LOVE this special. The Peanuts are just fantastic. This sounds like a must-have book.

  15. December 6, 2013 2:18 pm

    We must have the same thought when we decided to post our reviews of this one this week. i really think its so juicy with behind the scenes information.

  16. Patty permalink
    December 6, 2013 2:27 pm

    Delightful! I loved this one, too!

  17. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 6, 2013 4:29 pm

    Such a fantastic Christmas special. My favorite Peanuts character is Snoopy.

  18. December 6, 2013 4:30 pm

    This is one of my favorite specials. Looks like a fantastic book.

  19. December 6, 2013 10:56 pm

    I’ve enjoyed this special very much. The book sounds wonderful as well. 🙂

  20. December 7, 2013 11:08 am

    The book sounds nice! I love these old Christmas specials. My favs are Rudolph and The Year Without a Santa Claus.

  21. December 7, 2013 1:36 pm

    Oooh, this sounds interesting. I still watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year. It was just on a few days ago. I love the mucical soundtrack too, it’s the one Christmas album I always listen to.

  22. December 7, 2013 7:48 pm

    Yup, I watch this every year too. The book sounds like a lot of fun!

  23. December 8, 2013 11:15 am

    This sounds great and I do love Christmas Specials 🙂

  24. bookingmama permalink
    December 9, 2013 9:46 am

    Too darn cute!!! The Peanuts Christmas Special is a holiday tradition!

  25. December 9, 2013 1:37 pm

    I forgot this was on 😦 Gage has seen a few of the shows this year (when I remember to look for them).

  26. December 9, 2013 3:02 pm

    This is SO COOL! I always looked so forward to the show, and now I’ve had a blast introducing Greyson to it.

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