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The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)by Kathleen Krull
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Q: How do you find all this business of having screaming girls following you all over the place?
George: Well, we feel flattered . . .
John: . . . and flattened.
When the Beatles burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s, they were just four unknown lads from Liverpool. But soon their off-the-charts talent and offbeat humor made them the most famous band on both sides of the Atlantic. Lively, informative text and expressive, quirky paintings chronicle the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania, showing how the Fab Fours sense of humor helped the lads weather everything that was thrown their way—including jelly beans.
"The trio behind Lincoln Tells a Joke crafts a witty chronicle of the Beatles's rise to fame, with special attention to their humor and nonchalance. Innerst contributes playful caricatures using thick, blotchy acrylics, while Krull and Brewer speckle the story with anecdotes, including the band's particular fondness for jelly babies (jelly beans were the closest American approximation) and their famously cheeky responses to press questions ('Q: What do you do when you're cooped up in a hotel room? George: We ice-skate'). The authors make it clear that, even as Beatlemania waned, the Beatles were just beginning to define themselves; an illustration riffing on the cover of Abbey Road pictures a more mature John, Paul, Ringo, and George, hinting at their future experimentation and introspection. Readers will certainly want to hear the songs that 'changed music forever' — maybe even on vinyl. Ages 6 — 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Who knew the Beatles were funny? The acclaimed authors and illustrator of Lincoln Tells a Joke team up in this rollicking account of how the Fab Four's sense of humor and musical talent sparked Beatlemania.
About the Author
KATHLEEN KRULL and PAUL BREWER are a husband-and-wife writing team. Kathleen is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers; Paul is also an illustrator. They live in San Diego, California. #LINK
STACY INNERST is an acclaimed, award-winning editorial artist and the illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer's Lincoln Tells a Joke and Tony Johnston's Levi Straus Gets a Bright Idea. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. #LINK
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