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I am Jim Henson: Ordinary People Change the World    by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos order for
I am Jim Henson
by Brad Meltzer
Order:  USA  Can
Dial, 2017 (2017)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Remember The Muppets and Sesame Street? Here's a picture book about their creator, one of a biography series about ordinary heroes, that inspires kids to dream big. I am Jim Henson is written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated (in striking comic/graphic novel format) by Christopher Eliopoulos.

In it, we watch Henson grow up. He loved kooky words; laughing; Saturday movies; imaginative play with friends; art projects with his grandmother; and performing. When television was invented and his family bought one, he knew he wanted to work in the new medium. He became a puppeteer and persisted through rejections till the Muppets were born. And he practiced and practiced and practiced.

Of course, we all know his dream was realized and the debut of Sesame Street is shown here too. 'It taught kids how to share, how to take turns, and how to get along.' We all laughed a lot, but it also made us think a lot. This is a lovely little book, filled with wonderful messages and life lessons. Share it with someone you love.

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