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The Beatles

Posted: February 15, 2014 in All ages, Biography, Graphic novels
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The Beatles, by Mick Manning and Brita Granström              (Frances Lincoln, 2014)

The Beatles, by Mick Manning and Brita Granström
(Frances Lincoln, 2014)

The Beatles are receiving much attention recently as the “Fab Four” just received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the group is being highlighted in children’s literature as well. Mick Manning and Brita Grandström have created a FABulous informational picture book using elements of the graphic novel format. Chronicling the history of The Beatles from John’s birth in 1940, to 1970 when John, Paul, George, and Ringo went their own ways in the music world, each page turn is a new dated “chapter” with a short description of the band’s events in that year/years and additional fascinating anecdotes. Who knew that John received his first harmonica as a kid when a bus driver gave him a professional harmonica because John had been playing a harmonica on the bus constantly from Liverpool to Edinburgh? The book explains this was the same harmonica used in Love Me Do.

Mick Manning & Brita Grandström at the Frances Lincoln tea in Philadelphia, January 2014

Mick Manning & Brita Grandström at the Frances Lincoln tea in Philadelphia, January 2014

I caught up with Mick and Brita at a Frances Lincoln tea in Philadelphia (they live in England; Mick’s from Yorkshire, and Brita is from Sweden). They have been writing and illustrating for 20 years, and during this time they have received numerous awards for their information books, and are currently shortlisted for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award — a major international award established by the Swedish government in 2002 and bestowed by the Swedish Arts Council. Watch for the announcement of the 2014 winner on March 25, and keep rooting for Mick and Brita!

1962-1963 "Goodbye Pete, Hello Ringo" from The Beatles

1962-63 “Goodbye Pete, Hello Ringo” from The Beatles

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