My life as a furry red monster : what being Elmo has taught me about life, love, and laughing out loud

by Clash, Kevin.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN1982.C53 A3 2006
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
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Hampton Community Library Biography 92 CLASH
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Collection  Biography
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Northern Tier Regional Library Biography BIO CLASH
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Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 CLASH
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For the past seventeen years, Kevin Clash has lived a secret life of the best and most rewarding kind, taking on the identity of the beloved cherry red monster known as Elmo. The seven-time Emmy winner performs to an audience of 120 million boys and girls who tune in daily to Elmo's World, bringing Elmo to life in such a way that even adults forget that there is a man behind the muppet. After spending so many years by Elmo's side, Kevin has been able to see beyond his alter ego's obvious, cuddly charms to the real way the puppet connects with those around him. In My Life as a Furry Red Monster, Kevin shares what he has learned about love, joy, creativity, friends, and more from this most unlikely of teachers--and how all of us can benefit from acting a little more like Elmo. This inspiring memoir invites us on the remarkable journey that Kevin has been on since Elmo's rise to fame. As an ambassador bringing joy to children all over the world, Kevin has met heads of state and worked with stars like Robert De Niro, Jim Carrey, and Mel Gibson. With full-color photographs of the pair at work and play, this book is a treat for the eye as well as the heart. No one who reads of Kevin's regard for his mentor, the late Jim Henson, or of Elmo's bedside visits to the children of the Make a Wish Foundation will be able to deny the poignant impact of My Life as a Furry Red Monster.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "It's hard to believe, but it's been more than 20 years since beloved preschooler icon Elmo made his debut on Sesame Street in fact, Clash wasn't even the first puppeteer to try his hand at bringing the "baby monster" to life. It was Clash, though, who gave the character the high-pitched voice and distinctive laugh that quickly endeared him to young viewers and eventually led to his own spinoff series. When he writes about Elmo, in fact, he verges on describing the Muppet as if it possesses its own personality. Clash's working relationship with Elmo is used as a starting point to discuss basic themes like love, tolerance and courage, but it's the story of his life before meeting his furry partner that often holds the most interest. He talks with obvious affection about his childhood growing up in an African-American suburb of Baltimore, encouraged from a early age to follow his talent for designing and performing with puppets. Though generally upbeat, this is no sugar-coated tale; Clash describes his initial struggles to make a name for himself on other children's shows, and speaks frankly about the toll performing on Sesame Street took on his marriage. (Sept. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Clash, Kevin.
Puppeteers -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Broadway Books,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Brozek, Gary.
Language English
Description 209 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
ISBN 0767923758
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