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Geoff Edgers, is a reporter at The Boston Globe and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. He is the author of Who Was Elvis Presley? and co-author of Who Was Julia Child? 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Who Was...?
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (January 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448439069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448439068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am in fourth grade and I enjoyed reading this book. I read this book for a book report for school. It tells about all the Beatles lives. I learned about John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. When they were twenty-something they were asked to go to Germany, but their parents wouldn't let them. They just went and their dressing room was in the bathroom. I felt sad for them. My favorite part was when they played at Shea stadium. There were 50,000 people! The book doesn't talk all about the Beatles. It talks about the Vietnam War and three famous people who got shot. At the end, there is a timeline of the Beatle's lives and one about the world. You should read this book because it's very interesting.
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My 8 year old son picked this book because he loves The Beatles. We both learned a lot about them as he read the book to me. There is information on the childhood of each member, how the band formed, the band's history and each member after the break-up. There was quite a bit in there that I did not know prior to reading the book. A great book for a kid who loves The Beatles and wants to learn more about them. The book also has pictures which makes it fun for the those kids who can read chapters but still enjoy picture books. It was easy for my third-grader to read but he reads at a fifth or sixth grade level. I am sure my son will read this book again and again.
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I absolutely love the Beatles and think this is an ideal book to introduce young readers to them. I also think this is the ideal book for young Beatle fans as well as just the right spark to ignite a flaming love for them. This is an ideal companion book to "Brilliant Brits," another excellent beginner's book about the Beatles.

This book provides a plethora of information about each Beatle's boyhood; the inception of the band; the meteoric rise of the world's greatest band and their ultimate parting of company.

The drawings are just delightful and my favorites were of young George Harrison and another of Olivia and George with their young Beatle coiffed son, Dhani. I just love it!

Beatle fans will catch a picture of Paul writing with his right hand on page 14; since Paul was left handed, the pen would have been in his left hand. Another picture that jumps out at fans is on page 60. George is drawn playing his famous lead with his left hand and Paul is drawn playing his Hofner bass with his right hand. On page 77 John is drawn playing guitar with this left hand. That would not have happened - Paul was the only left handed guitarist in the Beatles.

Wonderful for all ages and just the right gift for that young Beatle fan. No doubt it will be a treasured possession. I just love it! This is a book I would happily give to young readers. They, too will endorse it with a hearty YEAH,YEAH, YEAH!
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My kids, ages 9 and 10, both love this biography and have used it for school book reports. I've only skimmed over the book myself so I cannot attest to the whole content (hence 4 out of 5 stars), but it really got my children interested in the Beatles and their music. How many non-fiction books engage a child like that nowadays?
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A Kid's Review on April 3, 2009
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Hi my name is KEVIN I am 8
You should get this book because. You can no what happens to PAUL RINGO
GEORGE JHON . I like it because I get to no some of there music and what
Happens to the band . FINLY how much fame they are.
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I have purchased this twice, once for my 8 year old granddaughter, and most recently for my 7 year old granddaughter. The information is true (from what they have told me, and being a lifelong Beatles fan, I concur), and they both loved reading it. That being said, understand that II have indoctrinated my daughters and grandchildren, they LOVE the Beatles. Plan to buy more copies when my newest granddaughters (both born this year) can read.
I truly love the "Who Was..." series. I have given my granddaughters Queen Elizabeth I, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Walt Disney,Robert E. Lee, Clara Barton, Queen Victoria, Jane Goodall, and MANY others. They both love them all. And ask for more books!! What more could one ask for?!
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I bought several of these for my 12-year-old daughter to read. My wife ended up reading them as well. Both of them thoroughly enjoyed all of the "Who Was...?" books and learned new things about each of the people or bands we got.
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A book for a quick review of Beatle info or for a child you want to learn about the Fab Four. An adult Beatles die hard fan said a photo (I believe the cover) depicts Paul's guitar was wrongly placed. As for me, I can't confirm or deny. Probably because I don't care.
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