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The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)



by
Kathleen Krull ,Paul Brewer
illustrated by
Stacy Innerst

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Harcourt
ISBN
9780547509914

Awards and Honors
2014 CLA Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts
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The Fab Four wanted to make it big—to the “toppermost of the poppermost!” But no matter how famous they became, they never lost their silly sense of humor. List of important dates in Beatles history. Sources. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic and ink.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 11"

Dewey

782.42166092/2

AR

4.8: points 0.5

Lexile

AD860L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Aug 2013

Book Genres


Topics

The Beatles. British rock musicians. Paul McCartney (1942- ). George Harrison (1943-2001). Ringo Starr (1940- ). John Lennon (1940-1980). Senses of humor. Beatlemania. Fame.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

This big, bright, bold picture book introduces the Beatles and describes their fan culture. The authors have used actual quotes from the “Fab Four” to demonstrate their self-deprecating humor. It comes through loud and strong. The rise to fame happens quickly and seems almost as unbelievable today as it did in the Beatles’ glory days. Many songs, concert dates, and crazy details are included. A time line covers major happenings but strangely leaves out when Ringo joined the band. One double-page illustration alludes to the famous Abbey Road album and Apple Records, but nothing in the text gives that information, so it would be left to adults, probably grandparents, to share their knowledge with younger readers. Likewise the use of 45 rpm records in the illustrations and the reaction to the Beatle haircuts calls for some explanation as well. This title could well develop cross-generational sharing or new fans for the Beatles and their music. A fun and nostalgic look at the 1960s.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stoughton Area School District, WI

Horn Book

Since the early sixties, the Beatles have defined the musical landscape of the world, influencing generations of listeners and musicians. Beatlemania, from its beginning in Liverpool to the band’s final public concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966, gripped the world. Krull and Brewer tell the story not just of international superstars but of four friends who enjoyed a joke and made one another laugh. Jellybeans on the end pages set the stage for illustrations that bring the Fab Four alive as regular guys who are just a little bit surprised by their fame: a roller coaster (about to plunge down the edge of a giant guitar case) lets the reader know exactly what kind of thrilling ride this band was on. Drawn with exaggerated features, the lads are all legs and bowl-cut hair, with their ample noses serving to distinguish one from the others. Even Ed Sullivan, who is practically a caricature anyway, has that same leggy and oversized potato-head look—marking this as a lighthearted book, not the final word. Youngsters wondering why the band is still beloved by their parents and grandparents will understand after reading the many humorous anecdotes. The only thing missing is the actual music. Download some tunes or crank up the turntable to remind yourself just how fab these four really were. Sources and a timeline are appended. robin l. smith

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

This big, bright, bold picture book introduces the Beatles and describes their fan culture. The authors have used actual quotes from the “Fab Four” to demonstrate their self-deprecating humor. It comes through loud and strong. The rise to fame happens quickly and seems almost as unbelievable today as it did in the Beatles’ glory days. Many songs, concert dates, and crazy details are included. A time line covers major happenings but strangely leaves out when Ringo joined the band. One double-page illustration alludes to the famous Abbey Road album and Apple Records, but nothing in the text gives that information, so it would be left to adults, probably grandparents, to share their knowledge with younger readers. Likewise the use of 45 rpm records in the illustrations and the reaction to the Beatle haircuts calls for some explanation as well. This title could well develop cross-generational sharing or new fans for the Beatles and their music. A fun and nostalgic look at the 1960s.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stoughton Area School District, WI

Horn Book

Since the early sixties, the Beatles have defined the musical landscape of the world, influencing generations of listeners and musicians. Beatlemania, from its beginning in Liverpool to the band’s final public concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966, gripped the world. Krull and Brewer tell the story not just of international superstars but of four friends who enjoyed a joke and made one another laugh. Jellybeans on the end pages set the stage for illustrations that bring the Fab Four alive as regular guys who are just a little bit surprised by their fame: a roller coaster (about to plunge down the edge of a giant guitar case) lets the reader know exactly what kind of thrilling ride this band was on. Drawn with exaggerated features, the lads are all legs and bowl-cut hair, with their ample noses serving to distinguish one from the others. Even Ed Sullivan, who is practically a caricature anyway, has that same leggy and oversized potato-head look—marking this as a lighthearted book, not the final word. Youngsters wondering why the band is still beloved by their parents and grandparents will understand after reading the many humorous anecdotes. The only thing missing is the actual music. Download some tunes or crank up the turntable to remind yourself just how fab these four really were. Sources and a timeline are appended. robin l. smith

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