Jim Henson and the Muppets

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.” ─ Jim Henson

In our house, we love the Muppets! They’re the top of the line, the pièce de résistance, the bee’s knees. Whether it’s Sesame Street, a Muppet Movie, or a DVD of The Muppet Show, you’ll find someone in the house gawking and guffawing at the antics of the Muppets. The man behind all these creations was Jim Henson. He made magic!

When I found a copy of Jim Henson:  The Guy Who Played with Puppets, I was thrilled. This picture book biography is written by Kathleen Krull with illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Simply and clearly, this book tells the story of Jim Henson’s life. It’s perfect for all ages. From early on, Henson was very observant. He loved to draw and make up stories. When he saw the puppet show, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, he was smitten with puppets and puppet-making. His career path led him to create the Muppets that appeared in commercials and made guest appearances on television programs. Jim Henson’s Muppets eventually landed on Sesame Street and later starred in movies. His imagination worked overtime – always creating something unique and exciting.

This book is a lovely tribute to Jim Henson, who died unexpectedly at age of fifty-three. He was a true visionary. He had the ability to make people laugh and feel good about themselves. His inspiration, his passion, and his imagination provided generations of children and adults with pure and simple pleasure.

Another great Jim Henson Book:  Jim Henson:  The Works – The Art, the Magic, the Imagination by Christopher Finch (Random House, 1993)

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2 Comments on “Jim Henson and the Muppets”

  1. Ruth Says:

    The new Muppet movie comes out on my birthday. That is the second best present I could have, with the first being the birth of my first born 26 years ago. We love the Muppets in every color, shape and form.


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