Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of A Tradition


A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition is a lushly illustrated tribute to the beloved television classic that takes readers behind-the-scenes of the Peanuts holiday special. It includes the script of A Charlie Brown Christmas, more than two hundred full-color pieces of original animation art, Vince Guaraldi's original score and publication notes for the songs "Christmas Time is Here" and "Linus and Lucy," and a look at the making of the feature from producer Lee Mendelson and original animator, the late Bill Melendez. The two share their personal memories and charming reminiscences on the Christmas special and reflect on their three decades of working with Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz.
I'm so excited to have this book out on my piano this year, I can't even say. It's absolutely adorable.  Some of my favorites:

  • The musical scores of "Christmas Time Is Here" and "Linus and Lucy."  I've been practicing them since the book came and hoping to teach myself to play both of them by the time Christmas is here.
  •  All of the pictures.  So many pictures in this book.  It's put together so well and the pictures accompanies by the production notes are perfection.  It works really well for sitting and thumbing through.
  • The inclusion of the full script.  It means you can sit down and read it like a book, which is awesome for those of us who of us who love the movie!
A major thank you to ItBooks for providing me with a copy of this beautiful coffee table book for review!

 

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