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The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

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Q: How do you find all this business of having screaming girls following you all over the place?
George: Well, we feel flattered . . .
John: . . . and flattened. When the Beatles burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s, they were just four unknown lads from Liverpool. But soon their off-the-charts talent and offbeat humor made them the most famous band on both sides of
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Tasha
This is a picture book biography of The Beatles that captures their humor and the way that they used it in their music and lifestyle. The book begins with the formation of the band and the fun they had naming themselves. The book talks about their use of silliness and jokes to keep their spirits up as they struggled to make it, looking for a record deal. When success came, it came quickly and with success came fame and fans. Then there was the Beatlesmania craze that swept the United States, not ...more
Jennifer
I love everything Kathleen Krull writes and this one is no exception. She brings a very modern topic down to a kid's level and does a great job. The art is just awesome and any Beatle's fan young or old will want this book.
Mark
A fun and informative book, focusing on the early years of the band's formation and world domination. The illustrations are masterful, and this might be a book that starts to draw my preteen daughter toward the band's music.
Viv
For non-Americans like myself, who didn't grow up knowing much about history and culture of American rock and pop music, this book is very entertaining and fun to read and got me wanted to listen to Beatles music. Of course, then I would soon find out, I hear their songs, ALL THE TIMES!! For anyone who already love the Beatles for years (or all their lives), this book would bring back the old memeories of chasing your favorite celebrity around the town, clipping every news about them, or crying ...more
Barbara
Do we still love them? Yeah, yeah, yeah! Those of us who grew up alongside the Beatles can recall when it was practically impossible to avoid hearing their music on the airwaves. Although I remember all the attention paid to their arrival in the United States and their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, I can also remember how their music evolved over time. Unlike some of my classmates during Beatlemania, I didn't have a crush on one of the band members, though, preferring the music as a whole. ...more
Klaudia Janek
Recommended [return][return]An illustrated historical picture book about The Beatles. The book starts out with a quote before the title page by Kurt Vonnegut who said, “A plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. [When] asked if I know of any artists who puled that off, I reply, ‘The Beatles did.” Not sure if younger children would appreciate the quote, but I thought it was really powerful. The book starts out in the 1950’s in Liverpool during h ...more
Amy
I've loved the Beatles ever since I was a "wee child" and listened to my dad's double record "Red" album on our record player. Careful not to scratch them, I held them carefully at the edges as I slid them onto the record player. My favorite...Eight Days a week, followed by a reflective "Yesterday." Decades later (too many to mention), I haven't tired of the Fab Four at all. I still listen to them often and have introduced my own Beatle-loving daughter to them as well.

It is difficult for a child
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Bethany Boutin
A unique combination of fact, fun, comedy, and whimsical illustration captures the bubbly essence of Beatlemania. This book shows a new generation what the hysteria of their parents and grandparents was all about and how the Fab Four dealt with stardom by maintaining a sense of humor. A great non-fiction picture book to be shared by people of all ages.
Kellee
Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=2792

My Review and Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: I love The Beatles. There has never been anyone like them and that is what this book is about. It is about their popularity, their brilliance, and their humor. I liked how although the book is nonfiction and a biography of the Fab Four, it was about more than that. It was about how they changed over time and how they changed us over time. It was also quite funny to read some of their interviews
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Chelsea Cotton
This biography is full of fascinating facts while also being very humorous. The book gives a glimpse into the life of The Beatles; before they were a band, their journey to stardom, and the time as we know as Beatlemania. I strongly recommend this book for any Beatle fanatic. The quotes included will make you laugh out loud.
Elizabeth
This book is a great introduction to the phenomenal Beatles! It explains how their sense of humor carried them through. It explains what Beatlemania was! Great non-fiction read for middle school readers.
Kristen
This would be a great way for a parent to introduce kids to the Beatles, and I really enjoyed the focus on how silly they could be. I found some of the choices a bit odd--for instance, in showing excerpts from their interviews, the author talks about how Ringo wasn't thrown by anything, including rude questions about his large nose. Then, in the section showing actual interview questions and answers, she didn't actually include a question about his nose. It felt like a missed opportunity--I real ...more
Liz
THis books is as funny as The Beatles themselves! My second grades had a ton of fun watching them on You Tube and reading all about the original boy band!
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
The Beatles were Fab
by Kathleen Krull
Harcourt 2013
Ages 7 and up.

This review and more like it can be found on Get Kids to Read. http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

This was an excellent biography book on the Beatles. I liked that it told the back stories of the Fab four in a way children could understand. The illustrations were excellently done. In an era of music like Justin Bieber, it is good to introduce children to what good music is. This book complemented with the best singles of the Beatles wo
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Nancy
A fun book for old and new fans to read! John, Paul, George, and Ringo grew up in Liverpool where “life wasn’t easy . . . but music made things better” [unpaged]. From their musician days as the Fab Four to their reign as the Beatles, everyone loved their music, and they even played for the Queen Mother. Their music traveled across the ocean to America where there was Beatlemania, too. Read the book to see why there are jellybeans on the inside covers. The subtle humor of the clever, detailed ac ...more
Terri
This book is an authentic and enjoyable look at the Beatles! The illustrations are marvelous and certainly add to the text.
Tinika
A picture book that will most likely appeal to parents (and grand-parents) more than it will to children, though the six and seven-year-olds will enjoy the silly answers to interview questions. The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) gives a brief overview of their rise to fame and of Beatlemania, told with a strong emphasis on humour. There is just enough information here to bring back memories for those of us old enough to remember the sixties, probably provide a tidbit of new trivia for al ...more
Rahmadiyanti
Beneran funny! Ini kutipan wawancara mereka saat konser di Amerika Serikat. Kocak!

Question: How do you find all this business of having screaming girls following you all over the plce?

George: Well, we feel flattered.

John: ... and flattened.

Question: What's your favorite sport?

Paul: Sleeping.

Question: Is your hair real?

Paul: Is yours?

Question: How many of you bald that you have to wear those wigs?

Ringo: All of us.

Question: What do you do with all the money that you make?

George: I'm going to chang
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Shelli
All you need is Beatles! Beatles are all you need! This was a fun read to share with my daughter, who thankfully has also found a big place in her heart for the fab four. This picture book biography is more for pleasure reading than for any school paper kids may choose to write, but it could be used with other books to accomplish if that is your goal. The illustrations are quirky goodness. Children and adults will love sharing this together before putting Beatles on the record player, tape-deck, ...more
Cindy
A great book to introduce young readers to the Beatles.
Katelyn
Oct 13, 2014 Katelyn marked it as to-read
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Lynn
Loved the illustrations - the boys are all heads and hair ;-) Evidence of careful research and real regard for the group but I don't think the approach really works. The jokes seem shoe-horned in and fall a little flat as a result. With the focus on their humor, I'm not sure that kids will understand the group's importance or achievements. Biographies of cultural icons for really young readers are always difficult and I think this one goes a bit sideways. Grown-ups, however, will adore the illus ...more
The Styling Librarian
The Beatles were Fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer, illustrated by Stacy Innerst - fantastic biography about The Beatles. Great quotes, information and humor mixed in. I’m never disappointed with a Kathleen Krull book! Quotes: “We like screams, so scream louder and louder.” “The lads found it hilarious that the less their music could be heard, the more popular they became and the more money they were paid.” I also loved the insight into the Beatles hilarious answers t ...more
Abby Johnson
Oh, what a fun book! This is a great child-friendly introduction to the Beatles. It doesn't contain a lot of biographical information, but it explains Beatlemania and presents the Fab Four as funny friends. Back matter includes a basic Beatles timeline and a list of sources. This won't be a book kids turn to for research, but it makes a FAB gift for young Beatles fans or the elementary school children of Beatles fans.

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PWRL
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Holly
This book covers the amazing rise of Beatlemania while giving us the human, funny side of the Fab Four. Each year I have middle graders who are interested in reading about The Beatles, so I think there will be fans of this picture book - I'm glad I'm adding it to my classroom library. I really liked the zany, warm-colored illustrations, too.
Julie B
This is a fun introduction to The Beatles, with an emphasis on their senses of humor and friendship in the face of whirlwind fame. It doesn’t cover how they split or what happened to each of them thereafter. The focus and takeaways are that they made great music that endured, no British band has ever been as popular, and they didn’t seem to take themselves too seriously. I think readers will enjoy the brief, quirky anecdotes peppered throughout as well as the stylized acrylic and ink illustratio ...more
Mrs. Knott
I enjoyed reading this book with my own background of the Beatles. So many young children today are unfamiliar with this iconic band and this book will help explain some of the early phenomenon. I like that this book is short enough it will hold young children's attention. It gives enough basic information while spanning the majority of the band's career. I think this would be a really fun book for parents to read with their children. Maybe have a little Beatles music in the background!
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