As with A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition, It's the Great Pumpkin: The Making of a Television Classic is beautifully illustrated. Lee Mendelson provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of the Halloween Peanuts special. Of note is that because child actors were used, their voices would sometimes age them out of their original role and they would voice other, older characters. It was fun to read about the experiences of the child actors and the production team as they reminisced about the television specials. This book includes the story of how the Halloween special came about, photos, and of course, the fully illustrated script.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Dey Street Books.