Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)
Written by Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Harcourt Children's Books, 2013. Unpaged. Non-fiction picture book.

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) is, all at once, a humorous, biographical, historical picture book. With Paul (the cute one), John (the smart one), George (the quiet one), and Ringo (the funny one), the Fab Four formed to become a monumental part of music history. At every point in their meteoric rise, they found things to laugh at - even their band name, which was adopted because they found it funny, and so it stuck. When their hysterical fans were screaming too loud to even hear the music, they encouraged them to scream louder, which they thought was hilarious. The boys even found ways to make tedious news interviews entertaining. When one reporter asked Paul, "Is your hair real?," he answered snarkily, "Is yours?" This is a spectacular tribute to the world's most popular band. The artwork is wonderfully cheeky- including a fun rendition of the infamous Abbey Road cover.

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