Who Was Jim Henson? [NOOK Book]

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Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. He created puppets like none ever seen before, with expressive fabric faces and rod-controlled arms. His Muppets became world-renowned celebrities and formed the backbone of a media empire. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this easy-to-read biography will be published twenty years after Henson's untimely death.
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Overview

Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. He created puppets like none ever seen before, with expressive fabric faces and rod-controlled arms. His Muppets became world-renowned celebrities and formed the backbone of a media empire. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this easy-to-read biography will be published twenty years after Henson's untimely death.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
The man who created the Muppets and sparked an empire is immortalized in this great introductory biography. Beginning with his birth in the 1930s and his childhood growing up in Mississippi the book launches into his first exploits and interests in television, stumbling into the puppet scene and his eventual rise to fame as an entertainment pioneer. After his unexpected death in 1990 his family has carried on his legacy and there is ample coverage of this as well. In addition to his life story there are short inserts giving background information on topics such as women's rights, puppets and radio shows that help the reader understand the impact Henson had on society (and vice versa.) There is also a timeline of Henson's life, a world timeline, a bibliography and information on making your own puppets. Most pages are at least half illustration and half text making it accessible to reluctant readers, though the illustrations are black-and-white sketches rather than being color or including any photographs which may be a bit of a turnoff for many. Part of the "Who Was?" series, this would make a fine addition to a biography unit or collection. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101437155
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Series: Who Was...? Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 73,569
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Joan Holub
The reason I'm a children's book author/illustrator today is that I have a lot of determination. I practiced drawing and revised my stories over and over because I wanted nothing more than to do what I'm doing now--writing and illustrating children's books.



I always knew I'd become an artist and studied art in college in Texas. After graduating from college, I became an Art Director at a graphic design firm. I moved from Texas to New York to work in children's publishing. I got a job as Associate Art Director in children's books at Scholastic, where I designed books and enjoyed working with editors and illustrators. This was excellent experience.



I illustrated my first children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I had always written stories, but I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990's. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap) -- both published in 1997.



Now I write and illustrate full time. It is a great job. When I think of a idea, I write it down so that whenever I finish one story I'll have a bunch of ideas waiting that I can begin working on next. I especially love reading and writing funny stories, weird stories, and animal stories.



Books I've written and illustrated include:


Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat Albert Whitman, 2001 (ages 4-8, picture book)

Abby Cadabra, Super Speller, Grosset & Dunlap, 2000 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

How to Find Lost Treasure in All Fifty States and Canada, Too Aladdin, 2000 (ages 8-12, NF)

The Haunted States of America Aladdin, 2001 (ages 8-12, NF)

Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, 2001 Grosset & Dunlap (ages 6-9, NF)

Happy Monster Day! Scholastic,1999

Pen Pals Grosset & Dunlap, 1997 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

Ivy Green, Cootie Queen Troll, 1998 (ages 7-9)

Red, Yellow, Green What Do Signs Mean? Scholastic, 1998 (ages 4-8)

Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 1997 (ages 1-6)

Eek-A-Boo! A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 2000 (ages 1-6)



Books I've written include:


I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly, Albert Whitman, 1999 (picture book)

Light the Candles, A Hanukkah Lift the Flap Book, Puffin, 2000

The Garden That We Grew Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

The Pizza That We Made Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

Scat Cats! Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

Backwards Day, Scholastic, 2000

Why Do Dogs Bark? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

Why Do Cats Meow? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

The Spooky Sleepover, Grosset & Dunlap, 1999 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

Pajama Party Grosset & Dunlap, 1998 (ages 4-7, easy reader)

Space Dogs on Planet K-9 Troll, 1998 (ages 7-10)



Books I've illustrated include:


Breakout at the Bug Lab Dial, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

Hector's Hiccups Random House, 1999

Shadows Everywhere Scholastic, 1999

Hot Cha-Cha! Winslow Press

No Fair! Scholastic, Hello Math

The 100th Day of School Scholastic

Ten Little Ballerinas Grosset & Dunlap

I Love You Mom Troll

I Love You Dad Troll

My First Book of Sign Language Troll



Answers to questions people sometimes ask me:



1. Where do you get your ideas?


I get ideas many different ways. Sometimes, ideas just pop into my head. I also listen to and watch the people around me for ideas. I read to get ideas. I daydream to get ideas. When I get an idea, I write it down in an idea notebook, so I won't forget it. I think ideas are the easy part of writing. I get lots of ideas for books all the time. Developing them into a book with a beginning, middle and end is the difficult, time-consuming part. The idea is important, but an idea isn't a book until it has been developed into a story that works as a whole from start to finish.



2. When and why did you decide to become an author and artist?


I've been writing and reading stories all of my life. I didn't concentrate on writing children's books until around 1990. In 1991, I began regularly submitting manuscripts to publishers.I began writing because I had story ideas that I thought would make good books. I've always known I would become an artist--ever since kindergarten.



3. Why don't you illustrate all of the books you write?


I haven't had time to illustrate all of the books I write, but I've usually been very happy with the work of the illustrators who have illustrated my books. I wasn't happy with the art in a couple of books, but I don't think it's fair to try and control the artist, so I keep out of the artist's way as much as possible. I continue to illustrate books by other authors as well. I have just as much fun illustrating a book written by someone else as I do illustrating books I write. As long as the story is good, illustrating it is fun.



4. Did you like school when you were a kid?


Most of the time. I got bored during the summer, so I was glad when school started. I loved getting a new lunchbox and choosing what I would wear the first day. But then after about 2 weeks of school, I wished for summer again. I like to read and I made good grades, so school was mostly fun for me.



5. How do you develop your characters and plot?


I've usually already decided on a main charater and 1/4 to 3/4 of a plot before I start writing a story. I just write and work out the rest of the characters and plot as I go along. I have a college art degree, but have no formal training as a writer. I learn the rhythm and structure of stories by reading books and thinking about how they are structured. I also read instructional books about how to write.



6. What is your favorite part about writing? Why?


Getting an idea; finishing a book manuscript; getting an offer from a publisher; and seeing my book in a store are all big thrills. The process of writing is not always fun. But I'm driven to write, and time flies when I'm writing.



7. How hard has it been to get your works published?


It was hard to sell the first manuscript. Then in 1996, I suddenly sold three manuscripts in three months to Grosset & Dunlap and Scholastic.



8. What are your favorite books besides the one(s) you have written?


Spaceship Under the Apple Tree; Martha Speaks; The Giving Tree; A Friend for Dragon; Chrysanthemum; Ruby the Copycat; Marvin Redpost--Is He A Girl?



9. What do you look for in a good book?


Something I think is funny or a feeling I can strongly identify with. A good idea and a memorable plot and characters.



10. Do you have kids or pets? Hobbies?


No kids, but we do have a great cat, who thinks he's our child. For hobbies, I like to hike, bikeride, and read.





























































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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    Great book!!!!

    Awsome, very nice book. Appropriate for 6+. The series are fassinating, lots of facts.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Who knew it would be just as interesting for the parent as the child!

    A wonderful biography on Jim Henson. While reading to my son I was thrilled to find out how (and shown via pictures) he moved the puppets, overcame problems with the shows and enjoyed his successes. We loved the book and would highly recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Awesome!

    I really liked the part where he made the Muppets, especially Kermit. And I did not like it when he pneumonia!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Very Hensonish

    It's a ver good book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Pretty good for a kids book.

    It's very cute, with imteresting facts. Maybe not enough for a book report, but venough for a grest quick read.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    ???

    Should i read this forba book report

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Dog scarecrow by david young june 27 2014

    The dog scarecrow looks like a prop out of jim hensons the storyteller,labyrinth and dog city.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Question

    How did he die???????????????????????????
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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Creativity everywhere!!!

    This book really helped me find more info on Jim Henson.
    I got so fascinated that Jim Henson is my role model. He put all of his effort in everything! This book gives you his life to explore and learn amazing, awesome things about Jim Henson. He never gave up on his dream and imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Question

    Has anybody else seen the movie Labyrinth, a movie Jim Henson directed and made puppets for? If you have seen it tell me what you thought of it. Write your reply to doglover123. If you have not seen it, keep it that way. It is kind of creepy. Definitley not a movie to watch before bed. To many freaky puppets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!

    This book is great. Shows a great backround ow Jim's life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Jim Henson Book

    The best biography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    WOCKA WOCKA WOCKA!!!!!!!

    THE RAINBOW CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

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    I watch the muppets every day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    It's Time.

    "It's time to meet the muppets?" -Mary, The Muppets 2011

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 25, 2012

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    Posted February 2, 2011

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