And the story begins with a Halloween classic. I know you're probably thinking that I have broken my Disney and literature mould. Don't worry! Before you start tweeting at me or commenting furiously, this post is completely sticking true to my usual content.
Are you familiar with It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? I'm sure you've seen the ever popular Peanuts gang of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and all the rest pop up in shops and on your television sets every holiday season. This Halloween season, the classic animated special has been released as a full-colour hard back book! Told you I'd stick to theme ;) The intention is to help celebrate 50 years of the television special. Can you believe that? 50 years!
My Mum is a big fan of the Peanuts gang, so undoubtably she went to buy this new book. One of the features I was quite impressed with was the quality of the paper. It's a high gloss paper which makes the colours pop brilliantly. Usually I wouldn't be a fan of high gloss paper because it sometimes makes reading difficult. Though the book is only around 35-40 pages long, a novelette really, and it's not that troublesome. Side note: have you ever tried reading from a textbook on high gloss paper? Not fun, my friend. Not fun.
You may be wondering: does the book expand on the normal plot? No. The story still follows three different plots: 1. Linus' quest to convince everyone that the Great Pumpkin (a mythical Santa-like spirit) is real. 2. Charlie Brown and friends enjoying trick-or-treating and partying on Halloween night. 3. And lastly, Snoopy's imagined flight across the frozen French countryside during the Second World War as the Red Barren. If you haven't seen the special, you're probably confused about the third plot. Snoopy is often the disassociated B plot, but trust me, his story comes around in the end.
I'm glad the plot stays within the parameters of its original story. In all honesty, I don't think there is anything more the novelist could add. By keeping it the same, the story maintains all it's original feel and all the Halloween spooktacular goodness it once had. I hope you all have a spooky week leading up to the big fright fest on the 31st.