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I am Jim Henson
     

I am Jim Henson

by Brad Meltzer
 

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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. This volume focuses on Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street.
 
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our

Overview

We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. This volume focuses on Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street.
 
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Jim Henson, for example, was always dreaming up something new, and always expressing his belief in the goodness of people. Henson was a born performer with a terrific sense of humor, and he used those talents to help create two of the most beloved programs in television history: The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. Through his Muppets, Jim showed the world that there’s nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it’s accompanied by laughter and kindness.
 
Each book in this series tells the story of one inspiring individual through lively text and art that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2017
Gr 1–3—A brief but entertaining introduction to Muppets creator Jim Henson. The text, narrated by Henson, presents his life story as if he were still alive but as a child version of himself (complete with a beard!). The factual information provided is solid, as is the back matter, which includes a time line of Henson's life and a few photographs. Some readers may be a bit perplexed when the time line reveals that Henson passed away in 1990. However, the effect of a miniature Henson narrating his own story is charming. The graphic novel—style illustrations are friendly, with speech bubbles and factoids peppered throughout. There are a few instances where the pages are a bit busy, but ultimately these incidents don't detract from the overall appeal of the work. VERDICT This bite-size biography of Henson is an endearing, attractive selection. Consider where the series is popular.—Taylor Worley, Springfield Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
2016-11-02
Meltzer holds up the great Muppeteer as a role model.As in previous profiles in his Ordinary People Change the World series, the author crafts a first-person narrative that is light on biographical details and heavy on message. After pointing to significant early influences, from Edgar Bergen to Kukla, Fran and Ollie, the fictive Henson carries his career through Sesame Street, leads a chorus of Muppets singing "Rainbow Connection," and concludes with a homiletic lecture: "Believe in the good of the world. Create something new. Share what you love….And never stop being kind. There's nothing wrong with being a do-gooder." Per series formula, Eliopoulos depicts his subject in cartoon illustrations as a bobblehead doll who remains child-sized throughout despite sporting a heavy beard from early youth. Recognizably drawn Muppets and co-workers are introduced by name, and a late scene extends the Henson story to its sadly premature end with a multiethnic group of children viewing a museum exhibit of selected monsters and movie posters. Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525428503
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/10/2017
Series:
Ordinary People Change the World Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
21,862
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My SonHeroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels for adults. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a GeniusPet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He is also the illustrator of The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Florida
Date of Birth:
1970
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
Website:
http://www.bradmeltzer.com

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