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The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

by Kathleen  Krull and Paul Brewer
Illustrated by Stacey Innerst

Published by Harcourt, 2013
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧47-509914

Ages 7-10

An energetic, entertaining narrative about the Fab Four follows the group from its early days to the heights of Beatlemania, with an emphasis on their quirky humor and love of music-making, and how fame affected it all. Among the tidbits engagingly recounted: 揥hen they wrote 慡he Loves You, Paul抯 father begged them to change its 憏eah, yeah yeah line to a more proper 憏es, yes, yes, but Paul laughed the idea off with a 憂o, no no.挃 In interviews, they moved easily from self-deprecation to droll humor to dry wit. Eventually, the ever-growing legions of fans turned into screaming hordes, going from something the band found funny to something that eventually became alarming. It was one of a number of things that marked the beginning of the end of Beatlemania, but young readers can feel a bit of the excitement in this animated account accompanied by pitch-perfect illustrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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