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About four days ago, a plane landed in America with a man who claimed to be 2000 years old. Today, that man is visiting a school just like yours to tell the children of the world what it's like to be 2000 years old.

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What did the 2000 Year Old Man use for transportation? FEAR. You see, an animal would growl at you, and you would go ...

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New York 2005 Hardcover First Edition. Unpaginated. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. HUMOR. A 2000-year-old-man visits an elementary school and answers questions from ... a teacher and students, such as "Did you have to work as a kid? , " "What language did you speak? ." and "What has kept you alive for all those years? " For children ages 4 to 8. Includes a CD. (Key Words: Children's Books, Mel Brooks, CDs, Carl Reiner, James Bennett, Humor, Old Age, Prehistoric Peoples, Schools, CDs). Read more Show Less

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Overview

About four days ago, a plane landed in America with a man who claimed to be 2000 years old. Today, that man is visiting a school just like yours to tell the children of the world what it's like to be 2000 years old.

Here are some of the things you will learn:

What did the 2000 Year Old Man use for transportation? FEAR. You see, an animal would growl at you, and you would go two miles a minute!

What language did the 2000 Year Old Man speak? Rock. Basic rock. Like, "Hey, don't throw that rock at me! Put that rock away!"

What food did the 2000 Year Old Man eat Only what was natural and organic. Clouds, stars, rocks. Big things and small things. But we had to be careful of the red ants because a few live ones on your tongue will eat your tongue before you eat them.

Comic geniuses Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner have teamed up once again to bring their beloved 2000 Year Old Man to school. This is one show-and-tell exhibit you're never going to forget!

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When a 2,000-year-old man arrives at a modern-day school, kids pepper him with questions such as "What did you use for transportation back when you were a boy?" He replies, "Fear...You see, an animal would growl at you, and you would go two miles in a minute." Parents will savor introducing a new generation to the beloved Brooks-Reiner comedy routine, brimming with one-liners and anachronistic encounters between the old man and Robin Hood, Shakespeare, and Albert Einstein. A CD of the comic duo reading excerpts is included. (ages 6 to 8)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
Publishers Weekly
Didn't dinosaurs and cave dwellers exist separately, a bit longer than 2,000 years ago? Never mind. In this loose interpretation of history, based on the authors' skit, Reiner (Tell Me a Scary Story) visits an elementary classroom with the 2000 Year Old Man, a skinny fellow in a snow-white caftan that matches his blowdried mane and beard. "Kids, this is your chance to ask the oldest man in the world anything you want," Reiner announces, prompting earnest, misinformed grade-schoolers to inquire, "How did you know how old you were? There were no calendars!" The Man says he attended "primitive" (not primary) school, where he is pictured with a pterodactyl and woolly mammoth. His wrinkly teacher Mrs. Weinstein, sporting a furry wrap, "was so old that her father was a Neanderthal. In the winter, she wore him to class." The hero went on to Vesuvius University and "got great marks" (from the volcanic eruption). He later met Robin Hood and Shakespeare ("Don't tell me he was a good writer! He had the worst penmanship I ever saw"). Caricaturist Bennett, who illustrated Reiner's and Jerry Seinfeld's picture books, paints naturalistic settings and exaggerates characters' features. His slapstick portraits emphasize the punch lines, while the gags take evident liberties with facts. Die-hard fans will be tempted by this celebrity package, which includes an eight-minute CD of the duo's shtick, but discerning comedians must admit that the preposterous gags lose a bit of their oomph in print. Ages 4-8. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
There is no question that Brooks and Reiner are comic geniuses and their 2000 Year Old Man sketch has left audiences laughing since it was first introduced in the 1960s. Now they have introduced him to children and the humor and satire falls as flat as the pages it is written on. The premise is that that the old gentleman, who greatly resembles Mel Brooks, is visiting a school to tell the children what it is like to be 2000 years old. Through a series of questions from the kids the 2000 Year Old Man answers queries like "What language did you speak?" Answer: "We spoke rock, basic rock" as in "Hey don't throw that rock at me. Put that rock away! Call the police." School consisted of primitive school in an underground cave, secondary school in an open cave, and high school was on a cliff. Most kids did not like lunch because they had to hunt, kill, and cook a wooly mammoth and by then lunch period was over. Fear was the motivation for singing, handshaking, transportation, and dancing. Robin Hood is described as a "lovely man" who stole from everybody and kept everything for himself and knights fought for ladies' handkerchiefs because tissues had not been invented yet. All right—that one may have been mildly amusing. Kids are advised that to cure diarrhea you have to eat peaches . . . Cling peaches. Yes, the kids will like that one too. The accompanying CD is far funnier. With Mel Brooks' wonderful inflection and comic timing the sketch, taken from a live performance, is witty and clever. This is a case where translation to print and aiming it at children just does not make the grade. The dust jacket suggests this for pre-school through 3rd grade. They have got to be kidding. 2005,HarperCollins, and Ages 10 to 14.
—Beverley Fahey
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Gr 4-8-With this book, the zany antics of the character created by Brooks and Reiner in the '60s are introduced to children. Newly arrived in America, the man answers questions during a school visit about what his life has been like: "Back in the old days-Nobody kept time. We just sat around, pointing to the sky, saying, `Oooh! Hot! Whoa!' We didn't even know it was the sun!'" He skims across the centuries, giving hilarious explanations and insights into history. For example, the handshake and dancing both started because of fear: "A handshake was a way to see if a fellow had a rock or a dagger....a STONE or a MARBLE that the other person could STICK IN YOUR EYE.-Dancing is the COMPLETE use of BOTH hands, plus you keep the feet busy so the person can't kick you!" He knew Robin Hood ("Lovely man"), King Arthur ("There was no ROUND table-it was really...OVAL..."), and Einstein ("He was good"). Children will laugh over his explanations of how Murray invented fire, and how cling peaches are good for diarrhea. The colorful cartoon illustrations are wild, with main characters who look exactly like Reiner and Brooks, and supportive figures with superbly rendered, expressive faces. Using close-up and panoramic perspectives, Bennett captures the story's tenor perfectly. Silly plays on words, slapstick humor, energized artwork, and the accompanying CD will make this a popular choice.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060766764
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

What Mel Brooks did to the history of Western civilization on records, he did to film genres in movies like Blazing Saddles, History of the World: Part I, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, Silent Movie, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He received Academy Awards for The Producers and the animated short The Critic.

Carl Reiner

created the classic TV comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show, which won 12 Emmy Awards, and also appeared as the intimidating, toupee-topped TV star Alan Brady. Reiner went on to direct such acclaimed comedies as The Thrill of It All, The Jerk, Oh God!, All of Me, Where's Poppa?, Enter Laughing, The Man with Two Brains and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.

Carl Reiner created and costarred as Alan Brady in the classic, multiple EmmyAward-winning The Dick Van Dyke Show and later began directing major feature film comedies, including The Jerk, Oh, God?, AII of Me, Where's Poppa, and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. He recently was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame and, with Mel Brooks, won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the Year for The 2000 Year OId Man in the Year 2000. He lives in Los Angeles.

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    Very Cute for Older Children

    I had purchased this book to read to my 4 & 6 year old. My initial thought was something along the lines of education/ biblical and historical. The actuality was that it's a lighthearted book poking fun of cavemen. My kids loved it, but because they're so young, they didn't understand the fictional writing. So, our first read-along was more of a lecture of how it's not real.
    The story is very creative, funny, and cute. The illustrations are definitely worth looking at as well. I strongly recommend this for children at least 7 or 8.

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