Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

by Kathleen Krull, Paul Brewer, Stacy Innerst

Who knew the Beatles were funny? The acclaimed authors and illustrator of Lincoln Tells a Joke team up in this rollicking account of how the Fab Four's sense of humor and musical talent sparked Beatlemania.

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547509914
ISBN-10: 054750991X
Pages: 40
Publication Date: 03/19/2013
Carton Quantity: 30
Grade Level: 1,2,3,4
Age Range: 6,7,8,9

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 of the Atlantic. Lively, informative text and expressive, quirky paintings chronicle the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania, showing how the Fab Four’s sense of humor helped the lads weather everything that was thrown their way—including jelly beans.

Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull has written much innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the Lives of . . . series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com. Read More

Paul Brewer

Paul Brewer is known for bringing humorous, and well-researched nonfiction to young readers. With his wife, Kathleen Krull, he has co-written The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny),Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), and others. He lives in San Diego, California. Read More

Stacy Innerst

STACY INNERST is an award-winning editorial artist and the illustrator of several picture books, including Lincoln Tells a Joke, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea, and The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny). He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can visit his website at www.stacyinnerst.com. Read More

"Kids new to the Beatles might wonder what's the ado, but put on an LP, and they'll probably start bouncing to the beat."

"Youngsters wondering why the band is still beloved by their parents and grandparents will understand after reading the many humorous anecdotes."
Horn Book

"The trio behind Lincoln Tells a Joke crafts a witty chronicle of the Beatles's rise to fame, with special attention to their humor and nonchalance. . . . Readers will certainly want to hear the songs that 'changed music forever'—maybe even on vinyl."
Publishers Weekly

"A fun and nostalgic look at the 1960s."
School Library Journal

"Grandparents and near-retirement educators will join kids in giggling over Krull's playful jibes at the starstruck fans and may have a few stories of their own about the Fab Four."