San Francisco: Determined Productions, Inc., 1963-1970. First Edition. Small square octavos. (14.5 cm.) Paper pictorial boards with matching pictorial dust jackets. Colored thick paper stock. Five titles with colored edges. Very mild wear to the dustjacket edges of all volumes. "Home" with slightly more edgewear. All bright and vivid. Overall a Fine set. Item #79
Not content with mearly reprinting and remarketing Charles Schulz's already published comic strips, Connie Boucher introduced a new idea to the cartoonist. Why not create little themed books featuring the already beloved fictional gang of kids known as the "Peanuts". The square, colorful books were designed by her husband, Jim Young, with Boucher, once a window dresser for I. Magnin, as Project Director. Even the unflappable Schulz was amazed with the reception. Their first book, "Happiness Is a Warm Puppy" (1962), spent 45 weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list. These classic "Peanuts" books were as engaging for adults as they were for children with their funny, hip aphorisims and the warm modernism of their design.