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Silly and a rip off of other advice books
on May 2, 2014
The author of Before You Leap is listed as Kermit the Frog which gives you an idea that the tone of this book will be humorous. The book is divided into two parts. The first, the shorter of the two, tells the story of Kermit and the Muppets starting from a brief appearance on a program in Washington, D.C. through a move to New York and Hollywood, TV and the movies. Kermit is on the Ed Sullivan show and hosts the Tonight show as well as starring in the Muppet TV show and various movies.
The second part consists of a series of lessons on life, which feature various Muppets stating some idea. Most of these are well known and are presented in a rather silly way. Many of them are simply stolen from famous books. For example, one chapter is entitled, “How to Win Friends and Meet Influential People,” an obvious ripoff of the famous book by Dale Carnegie. This chapter contains 14 points which again are largely a rewording of Carnegie’s book. The simplistic summary is “follow your own dream.” Thus there is really very little of value in this book.