I bought this book for a young relative. I had the pleasure of talking to other Beatle fans who have heard this author speak. I have attended many festivals for Beatles fans and have met some very interesting authors at the Chicago conventions. This author is extraordinary.
I've been a Beatles' fan the majority of my life and I was delighted to encounter little anecdotes and facts that I hadn't known. The book had some very funny parts and each Beatle had his own distinct form of humor.
There were two errors that I did catch. Ringo's real name is given in this book as "Richard Parkin," when in fact it is Richard Starkey. It was not Ringo who changed his surname to Starkey; it was Ringo's paternal grandfather who changed his surname from Parkin to Starkey as a nod to his stepfather.
On a related note, George is introduced as having Harold as a middle name which he did not have. George's father and oldest brother were named Harold, so it is very unlikely that a third male would have that name as well. George's own sister Louise has said many times, even when the Beatles were still touring that George did not have a middle name and George's birth certificate lists him as George Harrison.
I like the way this book presents the Beatles' works chronolgically; it is done in such a way that young readers have a clear idea of the Beatles and their heyday. It is clear and direct and no doubt many young people will love it and if not already fans will become fans.
This book will certainly delight a new generation of fans. I recommend buying this book along with the Beatles "1" CD as a gift to a young reader. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5Great idea for a book7 septembre 2005
Par K. Kraus - Publié sur Amazon.com
I bought this book at a festival for Beatles fans in Chicago. While there, I had a chance to sit in on a discussion with the author. It was easy to see he loves the Beatles and that the book was a labor of love for him. I bought the book planning to give it to my 13 year old nephew, but I wanted to read it first. Even though I'm a huge Beatles fan, there are lots of little stories and facts that I don't know about them. I found several funny anecdotes and quotes I'd never heard before.
While I am disappointed at the editing of the book, the content is great. The book is like a timeline, covering each phase of the Beatles' careers in order. It is written rather simplistically, which is fine, since it's targeted at kids and teens, and I think the length of the book is just right for kids. It covers the Beatles' careers without putting in too many details kids may find boring.
I think Mr. Lalani's idea to write a book introducing the Beatles to the younger generation is great, and he pulls it off well. Since I was only one year old when the Beatles broke up, I had to learn about them through books, too, and I remember an oversized book with more pictures than text being my favorite. This book, though, definitely tells their story better. It's nice to have a general overview of their career in a concise, easy to read book. I recommend it for anyone trying to explain the phenomenon known as The Beatles to a new generation.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5Interesting concept31 août 2005
Par A long time fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
A friend of mine who works for a publication gave me an advance reader copy of the book because she knew I was a Beatles fan and have a teenage son. I thought the book was an interesting concept. Although I have several books on the Beatles, there are just a couple that I could share with him at this age. He has some interest in their music (started with "Beatles 1", but didn't seem too interested in any of their books or any book as he's not a big reader. I wanted to give him the book for his birthday which was in mid-August, so while I waited, I began to read it and even though I know just about everything there is to know about the Beatles, I did learn a few things I didn't know and was reminded about some things I had forgotten. I was too young during Beatlemania, but I felt the author did a pretty good job writing about it. I particularly enjoyed some of the newspaper stories about the reaction of young fans. The one thing I thought needed some improvement was the editing in the first half of the book.
My son took an immediate liking to the book. I suppose having the word 'Teenager' on the title makes him feel like it's just for him. To my surprise he read in in just a few days. As he was reading the book, he would comment or ask a question. Also, as he was reading, he listened to some of the songs that were discussed in the book. In some ways, this has brought us closer together.
I came here to buy a book for my niece who just turned 11. I had also given her the "Beatles 1" CD and she enjoyed listening to it. The book is very appropriate for young readers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Very Good3 septembre 2005
Par Polythene Pam - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm 16 and found the book to be very good. It's full of information. It doesn't have gigantic words or long chapters, so it's not so detailed or boring. I hope more teenagers read the book because so many have wrong impression of the Beatles especially from the Internet. Tehy say things that are not true at all and I have stopped argueing with them. If they read this, they would learn the truth.
p.s I'm going to see Paul in concert in October!! Yeah!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Better than expected3 septembre 2005
Par Jane E. - Publié sur Amazon.com
I bought the book for my grandkids (9, 12 & 15) at the Beatle festival in Chicago last week and at first glance was quite impressed with the overall presentation of the book. The layout was simple, the photographs were spread out and in general looked easy to read. However, I was a bit skeptical on how the author would present the information for this age group. Although I didn't read the entire book cover to cover, I skimmed through the book reading bits and pieces and was very impressed, but the test was what my grandkids thought about it. The younger ones didn't seem too keen on reading the book, so the 15 year old read the book first and fairly quickly and liked it a lot. She said there was a lot of humor in the book and she also enjoyed reading about how each album was recorded. Now the younger ones are reading it now and talking about it as they go along. Looks like I'm going to have to get a copy for each one. I think it's worth getting it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5Good book for the young10 septembre 2005
Par Al Yanowitz - Publié sur Amazon.com
I borrowed this book from a friend of mine who bought this book for her kids at the Beatles festival in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to check it out before buying one for my son. I am quite pleased with the book although I would have liked to see some colour photograph's in the book. Still, it's a good book for young fans and even those who aren't fans. Even I learned a few things I didn't know. It's a well balanced book.