Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
Illustrator: Stacy Innerst
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Who says biographies have to be serious or drab? Certainly not Kathleen Krull or Paul Brewer! Their colorful picture book biography The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) tells of the journey that four lads from Liverpool take from a simple group of musicians to an international sensation. The book takes the reader through the naming of the band, writing of the songs, and learning to deal with their newfound fame at home and abroad. Although the book is filled with funny anecdotes and tales from the band’s history, it also describes the difficult effects that fame had on the musicians which led them to stop performing.
This biography gives readers a colorful and creative look into the lives of the Beatles. The detailed illustrations enhance the reader’s understanding and bring the band and their story to life. Krull & Brewer accurately represented the factual history of the Beatles while still managing to cleverly characterize each band member, and make the reader laugh. The book is written in such a way that a lifelong Beatles fan as well as a child with no knowledge of the band would both find captivating and informational. The humorous details mixed with the historical facts on why and how the Beatles changed the world made for a great read that children and adults of all ages would enjoy. The book reads like a Beatles’ song: A little bit quirky, a little bit surreal, and a whole lot of fun.