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Gr 3-5-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, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A book or two (or thousand) has been published on the Beatles, but here’s a fresh angle: a picture book focusing on the Fab Four’s humor. Krull and Brewer trace the lovable Liverpudlians from their humble roots to their final days in the studio, pausing at each juncture to remind us of their wit. Sometimes this works well: Paul refuses a suggestion about changing a “yeah, yeah, yeah” by replying, “no, no, no,” for example. Other times, these bits of mirth feel shoehorned. In fact, the most successful section is when the authors dispense with story line and give each band member a full page on which each of his choicest jibes are presented. Innerst’s acrylic-and-ink illustrations do a fine job with the likenesses, turning the mop tops into droll bobble heads and inserting nifty ideas throughout, as when touring is depicted as the band riding down a guitar case like a roller coaster. Kids new to the Beatles might wonder what’s the ado, but put on an LP, and they’ll probably start bouncing to the beat. Grades 2-4. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: AD860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054750991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547509914
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Beatles were Fab
by Kathleen Krull
Harcourt 2013
Ages 7 and up.

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This was an excellent biography book on the Beatles. I liked that it told the back stories of the Fab four in a way children could understand. The illustrations were excellently done. In an era of music like Justin Bieber, it is good to introduce children to what good music is. This book complemented with the best singles of the Beatles would be an excellent way to teach children about good music.
I recommend this for children's libraries and for school libraries.
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What a fun addition to my Beatles collection. My sister, the librarian, turned me on to this book.
I ordered it immediately!
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At the American Library Association’s mid-winter Conference last month I spotted this new (well 2013) book on the Beatles in the children’s section and recently got a copy. It’s listed as a children’s book but, honestly, it’s a fun “collectible” for Beatles’ fans to own. The husband and wife authors and the illustrator are obviously big fans of the Fab Four and know their Beatles facts. The text is just long enough to make a short article titled something like “Funny things that the Beatles said over their career”, but when spread over 40 pages with colorful illustrations of the “mop tops” and great images of their record labels, it makes a book to read through. It’s probably a great way to explain the Beatles to young kids – though, as a self-reader for those just starting to read, the jokes would probably be above their heads.

So, in three words - “Yeah, Yeah Yeah” – I’d recommend this book to Beatles fans. Yeeash the last 50 years really flew!

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
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I've always loved the Beatles, ever since I was tire high to a Ford Falcon. When I say I love the Beatles, I am not kidding. I mean, I really love them! Paul and George are my favorite Beatles.

Anybody who knows me will learn something about the Beatles sooner or later. Many of my younger relatives have become "Beatle savvy" as well as others. This is just a joy of a book and ideal for kids. You learn about Beatle themed humor; the boys' early days of touring and you can use this as a teaching tool for young readers. You and the children you share this gem with will want to enjoy it eight days a week and for fun, you can even scream for your favorite Beatle or Beatles! (Paul and George are always good for a shriek of joy from me.) Trust us, you will enjoy the information and the photos in this gem eight days a week!
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I've always loved the Beatles, so I've taught my little sister to love them, too. She's six years old, and when she saw this book, she just had to have it. She begged me to read it to her. She loved hearing all about their early years as a group, and I even learned a thing or two. With every page-turn, she would squeal with joy (just like an original Beatlemaniac) and point out each Beatle to me. "There's John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, and Georgie Harrison, and Ringo! Ringo's my favorite!" This book is well-written for young children while also being informative and accurate. The Beatles were, indeed, fab... and they were funny.
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Now here’s a neat little book. The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) is the story of The Fab Four aimed at young readers. It’s listed at ages 6-9, but readers of all ages will enjoy this illustrated and condensed version of musical history. I’d say Stacy Innerst’s illustrations are the true star of the show, but that would diminish the authors’ wonderful job in presenting a clever, factual and, yes, funny presentation. You can read my complete review at [...] or submit your own review. Detailed enough to pique one’s curiosity, funny enough to share a laugh, and illustrated with obvious affection, this is a read that should be enjoyed by boomer parents and their kids as well as fans of all ages.
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In the 1960s, Beatlemaina hit in full force. These four teens from London were in for the ride of their lives. Fame and fortune could have easily gone straight to their heads, but through it all they were able to keep a great sense of humor. Some of those great instances are recorded in this picture book. This would be a great book to read to children to introduce them to The Beatles.
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I love this quirky bio on the Beatles. The illustrations and the text are fun and easy to understand. Beatles fans young and old will love this clever book that tells interesting facts and fun tidbits about everyone's favorite band.
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