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Jim Henson: The Works - The Art, the Magic, the Imagination [Hardcover]

Christopher Finch
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Aug 1994
In 'Jim Henson: The Works', the scope of his genius is presented for the first time, from his adolescent forays into cartooning to his early puppeteering for commercials.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854102966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854102966
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 25.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,550,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The works is just that! 5 Sep 1999
By A Customer
The works was first commisioned by Jim Henson as a history of his work with the muppets after his untimely death in 1990 the book was produced as a tribute to him. As a document of all past muppet works it is unsurpassed. The archive photos are excellent and the text is warm to its subject without the element of smaltz and sentiment. BUY THIS BOOK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK ABOUT A GREAT MAN! 29 Dec 2003
By Michael J. Chrush - Published on Amazon.com
A must have gem for any die hard Jim Henson fan. This book is rich and loaded with information and pictures on the evolution of Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson's life. From SAM AND FRIENDS to COMMERCIAL SHORTS (Wilkins Coffee and La Choy Chow Mein) to SESAME STREET. That's not all there's great stuff on THE MUPPET SHOW, including an entire page of small pictures of all 120 Guest Stars with songs and pictures and skits from the shows. From THE MUPPET MOVIE to LABYRINTH to FRAGGLE ROCK to so much more, you will want to read it over and over again. Something to share with your young one's over the years as well.

BUY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT! Rest in peace, Jim Henson! You were THE genius!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Ever Written! 17 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Christopher Finch does a great job of detailing Jim Henson's life. He includes colorful pictures and stories about Henson from his colleagues and friends. "Jim Henson The Works" always keeps your interest by containing interesting and fun sidebars. Every Muppet fan should read this book.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an incredible book for muppet lovers everywhere 31 Mar 2000
By "gabecca" - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely incredible! Every page is bursting with the zany creativity that Jim Henson inspires in us all. This book is well-worth the price for the photos alone -- everything from early obsure works to Sesame Street to my hero, Kermit the Frog. The text is engaging, informative and full of interesting stories behind the movies and tv shows that have made so many of us laugh. If you are part of the Muppet generation like me you will especially appreciate the fond memories this book brings back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Inspiration 3 Mar 2006
By Dennis M. West - Published on Amazon.com
Everyone who knows me as an adult thinks that I must have been a huge Disney fan as a child. While I've always enjoyed Disney films and shorts, my childhood was focused mainly on three things: Peanuts, Star Wars, and The Muppets.

This week's book spotlight is Jim Henson, The Works - yet another of my most prized books in my library. In it, we not only read biographies and histories of the characters that we've grown to love, but we also learn about some of the projects that he would have like to have produced and how much of an artist and visonary Jim Henson really was.

The book contains some of the most creative and unique page layout designs that I have ever seen. I especially enjoy the small "Jim Henson: The Early Years" book which is about a quarter of the page dimensions of the rest of the book which is tipped-in to the binding. The entire volume appears to have been assembled as thoughtfully and lovingly as you can imagine Jim doing all of the projects during his life.

In a nutshell, I would highly recommend this book-not just to people who are fans of the Muppets, like myself, but to anyone who likes to have a peek into what makes creative people tick, and maybe glean some inspiration in the process.

What made me decide to comment on this book-besides seeing it on my bookshelf every day at work-is my recent purchase of The Muppet Show: First Season on DVD. I was a little nervous when I first got it that I wouldn't enjoy the humor as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid, but I couldn't have been more mistaken. It is so nice to see the sophisticated wit in the writing of this show that still makes me laugh out loud. I was also happy to see that my 5 & 7 year old daughters also laughed quite a bit at the show and often ask to watch them over again. The shows still have value today as great entertainment and I would highly recommend them.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an absolutely WONDERFUL book! 4 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a must-have for any fan of Henson's work, be it with the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street) or in his various Muppet television shows and movies. Beautifully photographed and lovingly written, this book would make the perfect gift for anyone with a love of pure imagination and magic. Life is a journey filled with the wonder of discovery, and Jim Henson was a visionary who helped us all to find the "Kermit" in ourselves
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