Jim Henson

The Guy Who Played with Puppets

By Kathleen Krull; Steve Johnson (Illustrator); Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375857218, 40pp.)

Publication Date: August 23, 2011

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"Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show" introduced Jim Henson's Muppets to the world, making Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, and Big Bird household names. But even as a child in rural Mississippi, listening to the radio and putting on comedy shows for his family, Jim recognized the power of laughter to bring people together. On "Sesame Street," Jim's Muppets transformed children's television by making learning fun for kids everywhere. A visionary, Jim always believed that puppets could reach a wider audience. In 1976, he proved it, drawing millions of family viewers to "The Muppet Show." With his feature film "The Dark Crystal" and his Star Wars characters--including Yoda--Jim continued to push the boundaries of what was possible in puppetry until his death in 1990 at the age of 53.
Kathleen Krull, recipient of the Children's Book Guild 2011 Non-fiction Award and many other accolades, once again does what she does so well--illuminating the life of an important figure in history, art, and culture with her informative but approachable writing style.




About the Author
Kathleen Krull is a prominent biographer for young people. Her Wilma Unlimited was named an ALA Notable Book; her Lives of the Musicians was a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award winner; and her other nonfiction has won countless other awards. Kathleen also wrote A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull for Walker & Company. She and her husband, illustrator Paul Brewer, live in San Diego, California.

Steve Johnson has authored or co-authored more than 90 titles on a variety of computer software. Steve has written on Windows, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Expression Web, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, and Mac OS X. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training in print and Web editions.

Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York's Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar's Toy Story and A Bug's Life. They live in California with their son.
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