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The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is okay. However, the fact that The Beatles' sound was inspired by African American music should ALWAYS be stated--no matter if it's a book for adults or children. Books that constantly leave this all-important FACT out, are definitely NOT funny.

Sorry, but I tell it like it is. Whitewashing can take place at any level.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This was an excellent picture book biography.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Marissa Morrison
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Great read-aloud with a second grader, with lots of funny quotes from the Beatles and opportunities to burst into song.
Maddie Russell
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Beatles Were Fab" tells the story of the iconic British band's journey from humble countryside beginnings to international stardom. Including quirky characteristics of each of the band members, Krull paints an interestingly in-depth, yet quite comical "behind the scenes" picture of the Beatles.

Illustrations: acrylic and ink, by Kathleen Krull

While I thoroughly enjoyed the entirety of the book "The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)" I particularly appreciated the section in which Krull
Miss Ryoko
This book reminded me why I love the Beatles so much - they're music is fantastic, and it is an understatement (in my opinion) to say they were musically creative - but what I love most about them is how hilarious and witty they are. All four of them have such great wit and humor. They're movies are wonderful for this, but the quotes in this book were so great and so them. Love me the Fab Four that's for sure!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The Beatles Were Fab is a funny nonfiction biography of famous band The Beatles for children. Although this is an unusual topic for a children's book, it works well and may just spark the interest of a future music enthusiast. The art in this book is also impressive, with painted cartoon figures complementing the timeline and humorous illustrations of the members of the band.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this non fiction book about the formation and run of the greatest band of all time. I would like to use this in my influential people lesson. I also think that I will implement music and its cultural impact in my class and this would be a great book to add to that text set.
Funny picture book with great illustrations that discussed the early years of the Beatles' careers. I love a lot of the Beatles' music, so my daughter recognized some of the songs which made her enjoy this book that much more.
Laura Cushing
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated children's introduction to the Beatles. Picked up at a library book sale to donate to my friends children's book collection project.
Miss Sarah
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute elementary level biogrpahy of the music group the beatles. The book covers their story along with humor they used to cope with growing fame.
Stephanie Molnar
Nice beginning but then it just abruptly ends.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very fun book for ME to read as a mega Beatles fan, however I can't really see how a child might enjoy it unless they were subjected constantly to a parent's fandom.
Klaudia Janek
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: libres
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 Ackerman
Twin Text: Bats in the Band by Brian Lies, 2014

Rational: Bats in the Band is a good pair for The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) because both books are about bands. By starting with a fun book with cute characters, I will be able to grab the attention of the students. This is important because many young students have never heard of the Beatles. They will learn about the Beatles, but also how the music makes people feel. “It’s as though our souls are singing.” (p.12) (Lies, 2014) This is
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
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.

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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
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
Alyssa Adams
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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
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Abby Johnson
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographical
Interesting, but I'm not sure why the author chose to focus so much on the Beatles' jokes. At first I didn't like the illustrations, but they grew on me by the end, although I still didn't like the slightly creepy depiction their faces. Also, while their interview jokes were funny, that wasn't everything that the Beatles were about. There was so much more going on both in the world and in their band then silly jokes and raining jelly beans. A fun picture book, but not the best, and definitely a ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Julie B
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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
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
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