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The Beatles Hardcover – 2 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847804519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847804518
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'words and illustrations … have been cleverly combined to bring the story of the Fab Four to life in a way that is both accessible and appealing to children.'

(English 4-11)

The book’s strength lies in its delightful graphics. The illustrations are lovely and beautifully matched in style to fit the story...the pages burst out into psychedelic colours.’

(Martin Axford The School Librarian)

‘Charming… an unusual, yet fun, way of teaching a major part of Britain’s cultural history.’

(Best of British)

Outlined consistently well and with anecdotal incidents that have been thoroughly researched and carefully selected.  The illustrations are, as ever, brilliant in a combination of visual quality and information enrichment.’


About the Author

MICK MANNING grew up in West Yorkshire and studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, many of them for Frances Lincoln, mostly with his wife BRITA GRANSTRÖM. Their distinctive books have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Prize, the English Association 4-11 Award and The Royal Society Young People’s Book Award. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders with their four sons..

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Do you remember the thrill and anticipation of each new Beatles single? If your kids are just beginning to enjoy a Beatles track,
maybe wondering what all the fuss was about...and how did it start? What was it like back then when British pop was only just kicking off? This book is for you – the whole tale of the young Beatles lads, their talent, personalities and exciting rise to fame. I'm amazed how well the illustrations capture the young Beatles 'to a T' and the lively story is warmly told. A great addition to any bookshelf.
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HASH(0x924fa93c) out of 5 stars Hits the High Points 25 April 2015
By Tamela Mccann - Published on
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This picture book on The Beatles is definitely written for kids, and that's not a bad thing at all. It hits all the high points, following the Fab Four individually (but superficially) from just before they meet and form the World's Greatest Band until the break up. There are no big revelations that most adults wouldn't already know, and no references to drug antics or general nastiness. While the drawings are more on the cartoonish side, I could actually see some influence of Lennon's art work in them, and felt they did a good job illustrating the action. It's all very clean and general, and a good guide for anyone wanting to introduce the next generation to the Beatles.

Two things did jump out at me, however. One is the mention, in a small frame about Strawberry Fields Forever, of how Lennon "escaped" to a remembered happy place. But it's the addition of the information that modern therapy techniques urge us all to visit a safe place in our heads when are worrying about something that pulled me totally out of my enjoyment of the reading. It was unnecessary and not a good extension for the story. Secondly--and this is something at which I just have to smile--there is an explanation of what a "single", an LP, and an EP are, including descriptions of the A side and B side. I am officially old.

This is a good picture book that will gently give the outline of the rise of the Beatles, and most adults will enjoy it as much as any child.
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HASH(0x926dcc0c) out of 5 stars For my grandsons 4 May 2014
By D. A. Terry - Published on
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They love the Beatles, and they love this book! Two little boys, nine and seven, coached by their parents towards the classics, my grandsons were thrilled with this book.
HASH(0x92139c90) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Jan. 2015
By Karen - Published on
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A book for my son. He loves it.
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HASH(0x9213fbb8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Jun. 2014
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HASH(0x92139bf4) out of 5 stars This book arrived with binding torn up. I just ... 3 Jan. 2015
By sharon samuelson - Published on
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This book arrived with binding torn up. I just haven't sent it back yet.
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