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Real Love: The Drawings for Sean Hardcover – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Kids (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608870421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608870424
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

John Lennon had two opportunities to be a father. His first son, Julian, was born in 1963 at the dawning of Beatlemania. The impact of the Beatles' success on John and Julian's relationship? Suffice to say Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" as a gesture of sympathy to a forlorn young Julian. Fatherhood fit John Lennon far better the next time around when the indulgent daddy, then in his late 30s, put his musical career on hold to indulge his second son, Sean. Evidence of Lennon the doting dad can be found in this 48-page collection of sun-drenched illustrations sketched out to entertain a toddling offspring. The once-caustic ex-Beatle betrays not a hint of his scathing side in these vivid drawings. Rather, the witty punster who was dubbed the "smart Beatle" after he published the prose collection In His Own Write in 1964 is in full flower here. An illustration christened "Collieflower" shows a budding plant with the face of a canine; "A Frog Pondering" displays a reflective amphibian overlooking a puddle. Real Love is the kind of book that will capture the attention of Beatles collectors, but it should also spark the imaginations of its intended audience--little Lennonists in the making. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

K Up-John Lennon and his son Sean spent time together drawing and creating captions for their works. The child's drawings have been transformed into a small picture book with a brief introduction by Yoko Ono. What may be a priceless treasure to a son or a cherished memento to an avid fan does not have a tidy spot in children's literature. These engaging, colorful drawings with pert to witty captions don't fill the bill as art, poetry, or biography. It is not revealed how Naclerio "adapted" the drawings; nor is the medium easily identified-pen, ink, felt tip, airbrush, watercolor, chalk, crayon-anything's possible, though it is hard to imagine father and son sharing an airbrush. Best suited to libraries with serious Beatles collections.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

The captions are cute and funny.
LJ
The drawings that accompany the writing are gentle and direct; people of all ages will certainly appreciate the collaborative creativity that went into this book.
BeatleBangs1964
He is a huge beatles fan and they are doing the baby's room in John's baby collection and it was the perfect gift for him.
Jacklyn Evans

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book, while researching for a play "John Lennon and Me". This book is really cute, colorful, and VERY enjoyable. Not only did I enjoy it, but the cast of the play also enjoyed it as well, young and old, we all liked it. John Lennon's play on words is great. The captions are simple, but perfect. I would recomend this for any John Lennon fan, or just any one looking for a sweet/cute children's book.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and even though some may not agree with what I'm doing with it, it turned out to be a great idea. The drawings are perfect for a baby's room so what I've done is taken the drawings in the book and framed them to make a border for our baby's bedroom. The captions at the bottom of each page are perfect and simple and relay a wonderful message. I was never a fan of the Beatles or John Lennon for that matter, but this book really caught my eye and I couldn't resist it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The backgrounds are very pretty and colorful and John Lennon's drawings have a joyous and happy feel to them. The colorizations add a lot of happiness and fun and work well with his humorous linework. It's a very pleasing book to my 3 kids. Any kid would love it or any adult would appreciate it, for that matter. There's no story to the book but the titles are funny to repeat along to your kid.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel on July 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I already owned this book, but I recently purchased it for a friend of mine who is about to have a baby. She chose "John Lennon's Musical Parade" for her nursery theme, a line of baby products based on this loving collaboration between John Lennon and his young son Sean; she had never seen the actual drawings and I wanted her to know where those images of animals and musical notes came from. The book is endearing and simple, revealing Lennon's creativity with words ("A turtle winning by a hare" under a drawing of a turtle and a rabbit; "A bird bath" under a picture of a bird in in the rain). In the short introduction, Yoko explains that Sean came up with some of the titles himself. All in all, a wonderful book for children, fans of John Lennon, and adults who are young at heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LJ on May 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After purchasing some of the John Lennon line of clothing for my baby, I had to buy the book. It truly reminds you of what a great mind we lost. The drawings are adorable and colorful. The captions are cute and funny. My daughter loves looking at each page. Its really worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on July 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book makes me think of the Frank Sinatra classic, "You Make Me Feel So Young." The lyrics to that 1951 classic are startlingly a propos in re this book.

This is an ideal book for all ages. Many people have been inspired to do a "John Lennon's Musical Parade" for a nursery theme have done their children a service by exposing them to high culture early. This book is the loving collaboration of a father and son. John's love for playing with words and stacking them in odd configurations much as young children enjoy stacking blocks is evident in this book as was the case in his 1964 book, "In His Own Write" and his 1965 follow up with "A Spaniard in the Works."

The drawings that accompany the writing are gentle and direct; people of all ages will certainly appreciate the collaborative creativity that went into this book. Yoko Ono said that their son Sean came up with many of the titles and John would then work around those titles to create the imagery. This is truly a delightful book that all will love, regardless of whether or not they are Beatle fans. (Although no doubt Beatle fans will derive an especial amount of pleasure from this one).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tizzie44 on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I appreciate the color added, but the obviously computerized, swirled backgrounds (and other added embellishments) really take away from the simplicity that makes Lennon's drawings so appealing.
That said, it is still adorable and clever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheena Carver on March 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful, colorful illustrations, a few clever puns, and silly captions. This is more a picture book than a story book, but the drawings and plays on words can lead to rich discussions with a young child.
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