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"The furriest, and one of the funniest, shows you’re ever likely to see." -- Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Zachary Pincus-Roth has written about theater for the New York Times, Newsday, Variety, American Theatre, Slate, and The New Republic Online.

Carol Rosegg is a New York City-based photgrapher specializing in the preforming arts. She photographs theatre, opera, and dance. She is very lucky. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140130298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302986
  • ASIN: B000S6MF5O
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They thought the musical sounded like a riot and now want to go see it.
Ms. HJR
Fun and whimsical, this book servers as a great "coffee table" companion to the play itself.
David C. Hill
Any fan of the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" must give this book a go.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ms. HJR on December 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My friend bought me this book as a Christmas present because I am such a huge fan of the musical. I love everything about the book and will treasure it for years to come. It is one of the nicest gifts I've ever received.

The first thing I noticed about the book is that it has a really unique fuzzy orange cover. Inside, there's lot of colorful pictures and drawings of the puppets and cast.

The book has five chapters. Chapter 1 is entitled, "How Did They Ever Think of This?" and tells the story of how the show came to be; Chapter 2 is entitled, "How to Make a Puppet Come to Life!" and tells how the puppets were made; Chapter 3 is entitled, "A is for Actors!" and tells about the actors; Chapter 4 is "The Script of Avenue Q!" and contains lyrics to all the songs; and Chapter 5 is entitled "How a Small Show Got Big!"

As I was looking through the book, I actually started singing the songs out loud as I shared the storyline of Avenue Q with my friends at our little gift exchange last night. "Schadenfreude...People taking pleasure in yo' pain!"

They thought the musical sounded like a riot and now want to go see it. If you're unfamiliar with the storyline it's about Princeton, who just graduated from college with a B.A. in English and has lots of bills but no job skills. Princeton soon finds out life in the real world sucks, and the only place he can afford to live is Avenue Q. There he meets Nicky & Rod, best friends who live together, Trekke Monster who thinks the internet is for porn, Kate Monster, Lucy the Slut, Brian and his fiance, Christmas Eve, and Gary Coleman, the super of Avenue Q!

It's a humorous story about life in the real world after college that everyone can relate to. As Princeton laments, "I wish I could go back to college...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In addition to its delightfully furry orange cover, it's jam-packed with photos, interviews, drawings, and includes the complete libretto. Any fan of the show must, MUST have this ... it's (literally) a warm & fuzzy souvenir of one of my favorite shows of recent years... -- Jeff
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Schaeffer on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book has everything you want to know about the musical Avenue Q. Why they made this musical. Why they chose puppetry. Why is Rod blue? Why is Trekkie played by two puppeteers? How they made the marketing. What do the actors think about their puppets/characters/political view. And also contains the complete textbook, and deleted scenes. And everything is designed in a fun and extravagant colorfull playfull way as if its a kidsbook.

The fuzzy cover alone is worth the effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NY JSC on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is a great reminder of all the wonderfully entertaining aspects of this fun show....from the scoop on how it came to be to the lyrics for its dandy songs. The only caveat is that the bright orange fuzzy cover sheds like crazy. I'd suggest keeping the front and back covers in plastic. Otherwise, a delightful souvenir!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Mondano on July 8, 2007
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This book gives you an inside look at what was going on when the writers were thinking about when they conceived Avenue Q. The book is purely for fun, much like a children's book for adults.

Add an extra star if you are an Avenue Q fan.

(Buyer beware: the fuzzy cover of the book sheds orange fur everywhere!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Sell on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Love the book! Hate the orange furry pants that you wear after reading it....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sauvane Masmondet on February 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Very furry and funny book! The perfect extension to the Broadway (or London) Q experience. The same spirit, the same humor.... It has everything. Plus the complete book! Wich has been really helpful for me considering I just acquired the French production rights for the show, and needed the complete book to begin the adaptation of the lyrics!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshus Burgin on August 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book! I ordered it from local bookstore for $30! Then I checked here and it was $7!!! Needless to say I returned the other one and bought this one! The book does shed, but not too bad. There are great in-depth biographies of the puppets and hilarious illustrations inside! An absolute must buy!
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