The Beatles by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

The Beatles

Written by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
Illustrated by Brita Granstrom, Mick Manning

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The most famous band in history is brought to life in this illustrated history of their life and times. The stories of the ‘fab four’ as schoolboys from the years before they met through how they got together and set up their band to dealing with fame, fortune and millions and millions of screaming fans are told in words and pictures evoking the mood of the time – albeit making it look a very long time ago indeed! Full of facts and fun to browse this also captures the mood of the time and exceptional impact The Beatles made on teenage life.


The Beatles by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Mick and Brita tell the story of the Beatles in the vivid and exciting way which has become the hall mark of their books. The story begins...John Lennon's Liverpool childhood with Auntie Mimi, and his school band The Quarrymen; the friendships with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and their entry into the band; renaming the band The Beatles; the arrival of Brian Epstein as manager; the tour to Hamburg; record label boss George Martin becomes an important influence; Ringo Starr joins the group; fame and screaming fans; the famous tour to the USA; the making of the albums, key hit songs and films; the later years, with the influence of Indian spirituality after their visit to India, and finally the break-up of the band and the beginning of solo careers for the Fab Four.


'words and illustrations ... have been cleverly combined to bring the story of the Fab Four to life in a way that is both accessible and appealing to children.'

-11 'The book's strength lies in its delightful graphics. The illustrations are lovely and beautifully matched in style to fit the story...the pages burst out into psychedelic colours.

'Charming... an unusual, yet fun, way of teaching a major part of Britain's cultural history.'

'Outlined consistently well and with anecdotal incidents that have been thoroughly researched and carefully selected. The illustrations are, as ever, brilliant in a combination of visual quality and information enrichment.'

About the Author

Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom have been writing and illustrating children's books together for over fifteen years. Specialising in fun, lively non-fiction picture books, they have perfected their unique approach, sharing the illustrations between them and mixing up words and pictures in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways. They have won numerous awards and their books are published internationally in over 15 languages.

Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2014




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