Monday, June 10, 2013

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) - a review

Krull, Kathleen and Paul Brewer. 2013. The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny). New York: Harcourt Children's. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Recounting the formation and meteoric rise of The Beatles, Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer have chosen to focus on the band members' fun-loving personalities in addition to their groundbreaking musical style.  As the band became more famous,

     The Beatles were no longer playing in small seedy clubs.  They were even invited to perform for a formal audience that included the British royal family.  How should they act? Could the Fab Four still be silly in front of royalty?
     Before "Twist and Shout," their final song, John invited the main-floor audience to clap along.  Then he peered up at the dignified royal family in the box seats.  "And the rest of you, if you just rattle your jewelry."
     Everyone giggled - even the Queen Mother. 
 Kids who are familiar only with The Beatles' music, will enjoy this humanizing look at the individual members of the band.   Full-bleed acrylic and ink illustrations humorously depict the band members in caricature style, showing their transformation from Liverpool lads to worldwide icons.  A final, double-spread illustration shows many iconic Beatlemania artifacts, e.g., John Lennon's glasses, jellybeans, the Apple Records label.  Kathleen Krull always has a unique perspective on history. Fun!

Back matter includes "Important Dates in Beatles History," and "Sources" (both Internet and book).

View artwork for the book at Stacy Innerst's site.

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I learn something new all the time.  I never knew that authors Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer were wife and husband. What fun it must be to write a children's book with your spouse!

Today's Nonfiction Monday roundup is at Practically Paradise
 Next week, it will be right here at Shelf-employed.

A final note:
At noon today, you will find me waxing poetic on the ALSC Blog.  And here at Shelf-employed,  I'm trying out Blogger's "dynamic view" today.  I'd love to hear what you think of it!  If you'd like to view the blog as usual, choose "Classic," in the upper left-hand corner.  Thanks for your patience as I try it out!


  1. Love the cover art! DD is yet to be introduced, but this book would be good as an introduction I think. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, it's fun all right! Thanks so much for this fab review. Do you have a favorite Beatle song?

  3. It's Blackbird, Kathy. Thanks for stopping by! I'm flattered.

  4. Favorite Beatles song? That's a tough one. I'll go with Hey Jude. One of my favorite childhood memories was going to the movie theater to see Yellow Submarine. Thanks for sharing this book!

  5. Kathleen Krull strikes again! I will have to hunt for this book.

  6. Kathleen Krull is a class act and find her books are solidly researched. I recommend her books to student teachers quite frequently. Thanks for the recommendation.
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  7. Reshama, what do you mean by DD? Tara & Tammy, thank you so much. As for fave song, it's like being asked for fave author or book-- just too many to pick. But I agree with a poll in England that once voted "In My Life" as the perfect song.

  8. the story is very interesting good luck.


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