Better than a pumpkin: it’s the great book about our favorite Charlie Brown show.

It's the Great Pumpkin: The Making of a Television Classic
It’s the Great Pumpkin: The Making of a Television Classic by Charles M. Schulz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’ll want IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN for the full, illustrated script. Or, maybe the sheet music. Or, maybe to find out why Snoopy took on the role of the Red Barron. Or, maybe to read the interviews. Forget it—you’ll want IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN because it is IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN.

Where did Snoopy’s Red Barron come from:

The beginning of this book begins with reflections on: creation of the show, how the pieces came together, and the celebration-worthy results of its television rankings. Through about fifty pages of articles, pictures, and interviews, you’ll net more intimacy with a show you already adore.

Around page 65 the fun really begins: sketches, storyboards, and sheet music. Ideas and memories are one thing, but magic is created when the work begins. Here you’ll see samples of each stage of the process.

Finally, my favorite: the illustrated script. Every page has 1-4 pictures tagging along with the accompanying shot’s narration and dialogue. You’ll read the staging of Lucy slicing into Linus’s pumpkin and then read him yell, “You didn’t tell me you were going to kill it!!!!”

You may not read this book cover-to-cover, but there’ll be something in here for you to fall into and absorb. The book is hardcover and full of color. You’ll love it, and so will everyone you’ll share it with.

I’ll leave you with a YouTube clip of the full soundtrack to IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN. Oh, and thank you so much to Dey Street Books for sending this to me for review.

Check out this book’s soon-to-be preview and reviews on Amazon: It’s the Great Pumpkin: The Making of a Television Classic

Enjoy!

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