Charlie Brown encyclopedia set
A Charlie Brown encyclopedia set is a set of educational books featuring cartoon characters from the popular Charles Schulz comic strip Peanuts.
About the books
There were a number of educational ‘encyclopaedia’ style sets of Peanuts books published.
The Charlie Brown Dictionary
The first set of books was entitled ‘The Charlie Brown Dictionary’, and was published by First Print World Publishing in 1973. It consisted of eight volumes, featuring 2,500 word definitions and 600 pictures. The volumes were:
- Volume 1: A to B
- Volume 2: C to E
- Volume 3: F to H
- Volume 4: I to Mo
- Volume 5: Mo to P
- Volume 6: Q to St
- Volume 7: St to Tu
- Volume 8: Tu to Z
Charlie Brown’s Super Book of Questions and Answers
The next set of books to appear on the market was ‘Charlie Brown’s Super Book of Questions and Answers’, published by Random House Childrens Books in five volumes from 1976 to 1981. These volumes were:
- Volume 1: About All Kinds of Animals - from Snails to Humans!
- Volume 2: About the Earth and Space - from Plants to Planets!
- Volume 3: About Planes, Cars and Trains and Other Things That Move!
- Volume 4: About All Kinds of People and How They Live!
- Volume 5: About All Kinds of Things and How They Work!
Charlie Brown's 'Cyclopedia’
The main set was ‘Charlie Brown's 'Cyclopedia’, published in 15 volumes by Funk & Wagnalls, Inc in 1980. A great deal of the material featured in these books was originally taken from the first set of Random House books. The titles of each volume are as follows:
- Volume 1 – Your Body
- Volume 2 – All kinds of Animals from Fish to Frogs
- Volume 3 – All kinds of Animals from Dinosaurs to Elephants
- Volume 4 – Cars and Trains and Other Things that Move
- Volume 5 – Boats and Other Things that Float
- Volume 6 – Planes and Other Things that Fly
- Volume 7 – Space Travel
- Volume 8 – Stars and Planets
- Volume 9 – The Earth, Weather and Climate
- Volume 10 – People Around the World
- Volume 11 – What We Wear
- Volume 12 – Holidays
- Volume 13 – Machines and How They Work
- Volume 14 – Sound, Light and Air
- Volume 15 – Electricity and Magnetism
In 1990 Funk and Wagnalls published a new set of the books, with slightly different information and titles. The volumes were:
- Volume 1. Your amazing body
- Volume 2. Animals through the ages : from alligators to zebras
- Volume 3. Blast off to space
- Volume 4. Creatures of land and sea
- Volume 5. Cars, trains, and other wheels
- Volume 6. How machines work
- Volume 7. A guide to planet earth
- Volume 8. Science can be super
- Volume 9. Our incredible universe
- Volume 10. Boats and things that float
- Volume 11. Holidays around the world.
- Volume 12. People and places
- Volume 13. Electricity and magnetism
- Volume 14. Clothes from head to toe
- Volume 15. Planes and things that fly