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Muppet Monday: A Boy & His Toys

It’s not everyday you find an awesome Muppet book.

In the past year, since I’ve started Muppet Mondays, I’ve gotten into the habit of buying any book I see on the subject. Because a) I want to learn b) they have pretty pictures c) Why not start a Muppet book collection?

Sometimes, though, this means children’s books.

At a Muppet event last summer, I bought this beauty:

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It’s Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets by Kathleen Krull. The highlight of this book is definitely the illustrations, which are paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. As a kid, I always loved the illustrations in my books and as an adult, it’s no different. Any of the paintings incorporated in this book could easily be framed and hung on a wall.

Author Kathleen Krull makes Jim’s story very approachable and simple but entertaining and relatable as well.

Here are a few of my favorite illustrations:

Aren’t they amazing? I love how Frank Oz got into the last one!

Not only did the artists get Jim’s likeness down but I love the use of bright colors — because that is what the Muppets are about.

Best of all, the book begins with this quote:

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world.

I think that’s a great way to start a Monday morning, don’t you?

About Estelle Hallick


Estelle is a Disney enthusiast with a soft spot for Muppets, theatre, and small details. She thinks Animal Kingdom is a full day park, the BoardWalk feels like home, and nothing is better than watching Illuminations. When she's not writing about Disney, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and her husband, having adventures in Queens, New York. She can also be found geeking out over books at Rather Be Reading Blog.

melissa sueJuly 30, 2012 - 9:28 pm

LOVE IT! I wish they sold prints. They’re so beautiful.

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