Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street

I'm making a super dooper effort not to buy any new books for a while but I've failed miserably already. On Friday I was at the local shopping centre and one of those 'all books are $5' pop-up shops had, well, popped up. So I went in to have a browse...moth to a flame where bookshops are concerned. And lucky I did because I found this gem. For five bucks!

It's a thick, hardcover, full-colour retrospective of Sesame Street (with a bonus CD which I haven't had the chance to look at yet). Released in 2009 for the 40th anniversary of the show it covers pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about it, from the origins of it, to the cast (human and puppets). It goes into how the scripts are written and storyboarded and the teaching and learning curriculum that's built into the show. There's a section specifically on the puppeteers, as well as the art and craft of creating a puppet show. I could go on. Basically, any element of the show you can think of is covered in this beautiful book.

I was flicking through it with Miss P around but then I thought: maybe I won't show her for another few years. I still want her to be taken in by the magic of the puppets and not see pictures of people with their hands up them...which might seem a little confusing for her at this point!

I love behind-the-scenes stuff so I'm pretty engrossed in this book at the moment. It's such a great quality show so it's really interesting to see how it's put together. Plus, Sesame Street is a very strong memory from my own childhood, so there's a bit of nostalgia involved too. Even though it's had a revamp since, it still has enough similarities to feel the same. Even now, and sometimes when Miss P is not around, I'll still watch it...Oh, oops, did I say that out loud? The only drawback to the show is that whenever they say 'zee' (as it 'z') I'll cut in with 'zed...it's zed!' I'm sure I'll wear her down eventually.

Love the Feist appearance episode!

So I failed to abstain from buying a new book but I think in this case I just had to make the exception!