Friday, September 30, 2011

Nonfiction Review: My Life as a Furry Red Monster

My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud by Kevin Clash My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Very sweet. Almost too sweet. But then, what would you expect from Elmo!?

 Kevin Clash tells about his life growing up in Turner's Station, Maryland and his childhood from sharing a room with his siblings, putting on puppet shows for the neighborhood kids and turning down his first two job offers in hopes of landing a Sesame Street gig that didn't come through. He relates many of his own life experiences to story-lines that Elmo has experienced on the show and they reveal just how similar the 6ft. tall black man is to the red, furry 3 year-old monster. The book was short in stature as well as pages but would be an inspiring piece of nonfiction for other Muppet Lovers, but also anyone who wants to achieve a dream that just doesn't "look" like them.


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