Mr. Davis was not exaggerating when he subtitled his book "The COMPLETE History of Sesame Street"!!
This book is a thorough, in-depth look at the groun...moreMr. Davis was not exaggerating when he subtitled his book "The COMPLETE History of Sesame Street"!!
This book is a thorough, in-depth look at the groundbreaking children's television show: its forebears, its roots, its creators, its effects. It could be considered "Everything you ever wanted to know about Sesame Street but never thought to ask". As someone who is interested in both education and in television history, I very much enjoyed reading this book and learning about the factors that went into creating one of the most beloved television shows of my childhood. The only complaint I have about this book is that it is at times rather disorganized; the ideas do not always flow very smoothly. Overall, though, I enjoyed reading the story of how we got to Sesame Street! (less)
This book looked like an interesting read when I found it at the library a couple months ago. It did turn out to be an interesting read. However, I ha...moreThis book looked like an interesting read when I found it at the library a couple months ago. It did turn out to be an interesting read. However, I had one major qualm with this book. Mostly, I guess the whole premise, though intriguing, is a bit maddening. It would be interesting to think about what Martin Luther King, Jr. *might* say about some of the issues we face in our world today. However, at the same time, part of me thinks that maybe it's best not to put words in another person's mouth, especially someone who is unable to respond to what is being said. I am aware that the author worked *very* closely with King, and that he knew what King's beliefs and attitudes were. At the same time, though, it just doesn't seem right for him to say, "This is what Martin would have said." I think this book might have been a bit more to my liking if he had said, "I worked closely with Martin, and he influenced me greatly. Because of the things he taught me, this is what I believe about the following issues." Many of the points he raised were thought-provoking, and I can certainly appreciate his perspective as someone who was so deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. At the same time, though, I do believe this book could have been greatly improved by not putting words in Martin Luther King's mouth.(less)
Alright, but a bit disappointing. I was looking forward to reading about one of the things I like best (sweets!), but the book was not as focused as i...moreAlright, but a bit disappointing. I was looking forward to reading about one of the things I like best (sweets!), but the book was not as focused as it could have been. There are some good bits of information, but the book really doesn't gel.(less)
I have been a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever since middle school, when the show jumped ship from Comedy Ce...moreSo, this book has a story with it.
I have been a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever since middle school, when the show jumped ship from Comedy Central to the Sci-Fi Channel. I had seen the book in stores, but I didn't think to ask my folks for it at the time, especially because I wasn't familiar with the episodes it covered. The show got re-canceled, my fandom died down considerably, and the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide didn't cross my mind for a long time thereafter.
Fast forward 10 years, when my interest in MST3K was renewed in a *big* way. I discovered episodes that I hadn't seen before and had an excellent time with them. I sought to get my hands on the Episode Guide, but it was long out of print. Then one day, I was at a used book sale to find books for my classroom library. What should be sitting there among the *children's* books but the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide! I paid my $2 for it and took it home, preparing to sit down and have a lot of fun reading it. Upon opening the cover, I discovered that it wasn't just *any* copy of the book...it had been *autographed* by Mike Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, and Jim Mallon!! (Sure, the autograph is made out to someone who is not me, but I don't care...and no, it's not for sale.) What a find...
And the book itself? Hilarious and insightful. The same sort of humor that those of us who are familiar with the show are accustomed to is right here, accompanying many facts about the show and the process that went into making it. So if you are a fan of MST3K and want to learn more about it(s first six seasons), seek this one out! (less)