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It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider Hardcover – September 14, 2005
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Edited by his daughter, Cheryl Henson, "It's not Easy Being Green" is a collection of writings and observations by the great Jim Henson himself, by many of the Muppet characters he created over his all-too-brief time on this Earth, and by the many friends he accrued over the years. The book is divided into segments by theme -- including ideas like dreams, companionship and love. All the things that Henson's creations exemplify.
The quotes by Henson himself are reflections of his own personal philosophy, while the quotes by characters from The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street and Henson's many other projects are extensions of that, showing how his beliefs and his heart touched his creations. The quotes by friends, such as Ray Charles, Frank Oz and other Muppeteers famous "guests" of the Muppets, usually give insight into Henson himself, and how his beliefs touched his life, his work, and by extension, the entire world.
The book is also dotted with sketches by Henson -- early drawings of the Muppet characters, various doodles, and even a cut-away diagram that shows how a performer would operate a Big Bird-like suit. It's a nice little addition to a good book.
I can't imagine anyone not loving the Muppets. I don't know if I'd want to meet that person. And Jim Henson himself was a performer whose imagination was matched only by his heart. This book is a wonderful portrait of that.
Although bracketed by a loving tribute by his daughter Cheryl, and a brief (4 page) biography at the end, I would have liked to see more narrative of Jim Henson's life and philosophy connecting the quotes. I think I'll go check out a Jim Henson biography instead, or best yet, watch some old Muppet show re-runs!
"It's Not Easy Being Green" is a small bookette with less than 150 quotes from Jim Henson or about Jim Henson, related to things like art and creativity and friendship and collaboration and childhood, organized and grouped into five broad chapters around some of these primary themes. The entire book could be read in less than an hour, including the several pages of biography and several more pages of description about the production of the book.
My primary disappointment is simply how little content there was. Most of the quotes were no more than a few sentences or were simply the lyrics of songs that appeared in the Muppets or Fraggle Rock or a few other lesser known Henson productions. And I'm sorry to say that it was decidedly less profound and memorable than I had hoped it would be. I don't doubt that Henson was a deep thinker and a creative genius of the highest order. In fact, that's why I'm encouraging my children to experience his work and why I wanted to read this book. But I just don't think this collection demonstrates to any meaningful degree the depth and breadth of Henson's unique contributions to the world.
As a bathroom book to offer a few light bites of Kermit-infused inspiration, this book is just fine, and, for such a purpose, I happily recommend it.Read more ›
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Great book, but arrived without dust jacket - DEFINITELY not in description of item and shouldn't qualify as "new."Published 8 months ago by Juliene R. Smieja
Cute little sayings that you can pick up and put down throughout the day. Probably better bought as a stocking stuffer than anything else.Published 10 months ago by Ms. C's Class
GF had been wanting the book for years. Exactly what she wanted.Published 12 months ago by Clayton Waldhalm
It is a good but for people who sometimes have a hard time with life.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer