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John, Paul, George & Ben Hardcover – February 28, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
book is going to be perhaps more entertaining to adults than to
children. But then I reminded myself of the movie "Ice Age"
which requires a whole lot more knowledge to "get it" than the vast majority of kids have (not to mention, many adults) and yet kids, including my five year old granddaughter, love it.
What this book does give is little snippets of information which
the kids will remember as they are officially learning their history years later. And there is plenty of humor to go around.
What little tykes can resist laughing at the phrase "please shut your big yap" when it isn't being yelled at them but rather at someone famous!
I think this is the sort of book that children will want to hear
again and again, and the good reader will fill in a blank here
and there so that the listeners can learn some real history
along the way. Finishing off the session by listening to "Yellow
Submarine" wouldn't hurt either.
The Beatles need NOT be familiar to your young reader or audience. IN fact , despite the obvious titular reference, Liverpudlian references are not the M.O. here. Sure, there's a great parody of the "Abbey Road" cover, showing the foursome crossing a street. In addition, they have cultish, slightly outrageous, and often independent, irrepresible personalities, and Lane Smith quotes briefly from the Beatles "Revolution." THere's also a fifth "Beatle," Thomas Jefferson, quieter and more studious than the rest (perhaps even moreprecocious than the rest), but certainly a heavier hitter than Ringo's predecessor, Pete Best. So, your kid(s) are going to like this book, maybe love this book, whether or not they've ever heard of "Strawberry Fields."
Lane Smith is as inspired a writer as he is an illustrator. Other reviews mention the jokes--I'll just summarize: THey're hilarious! Smith takes some well-known factoid from their adult years (Ben's never-ending quips, Paul's LOUD, irreverent comments, etc.,) and shows these behaviors in their childhood years, often to the annoyance of peers, teachers, and other adults.Read more ›
(even the dedication is great... "with a little help from my friends..." so brilliant.)
well done, mr. smith. i love it love it love it.
John Hancock - you can read his signature from space!
Paul Revere - he had a loud voice (because of bad hearing)
George Washington - overly honest?
Ben Franklin - free with advice (Townsfolk suggestion, "Please shut your big yap").
Tom Jefferson - well, he was an independent lad!
The art is nifty, the organization wonderful. This is not as poetic as Dr. Seuss, but children should find it just as entertaining. Why? Because John, Paul, George & Ben (and Tom) were kids before they became historically important figures.
I also like the true and false section at the end. Here's an example:
"Besides inventing clever sayings, Ben also invented bifocals, the Franklin stove, the lightening rod, and Playstation..." True, except for Playstation!
This is a great book to give to your favorite child.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a terrific kids book. Introduces key historical figures in a fun and engaging way. I highly recommend this book and others by Lane Smith. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Stuart Fine
Funny! Seriously, if a parent can read this without laughing, I'm impressed. So much fun to read & my son learned some history by accident! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Julie Mama
gave it to my 1st grade g-son, they hadn't been taught some of the history that would have made it enjoyable for him. Maybe next yearPublished 1 month ago by Joyce Buckingham
My wife purchased this book to teach about the founding fathers in a very fun and memorable way. The author of the book obviously took liberties with creating his own descriptions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joaquin J Elcano
A comedic, mildly historically accurate look at John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin. This book is aimed at children, but fun for adults. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Matt Anderson
My 8 yr old daughter LOVES this book! It is her favorite. Yes, some fiction was thrown in for fun but it has sparked an interest in history and historical figures.Published 16 months ago by Olivia
Did not receive the DVD that was ordered. I got a hard back book instead. I was very disappointed. Of course I did not take the time to call or return as I needed it for lessons. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karen L Bodden