Reviews for Beatles : British Pop Sensation
Booklist Reviews 2011 December #2
The books in the Innovators series provide biographies that are notable for their thoroughness despite their relative brevity. In term of pure innovation, you won't find a subject more worthy than the focus of The Beatles: British Pop Sensation. Kallen peppers a chronological account of the rock band's stratospheric rise with insightful analyses of their groundbreaking music, from the sing-along hooks of "She Loves You" to the studio-wizard craft of "Strawberry Fields Forever." The books' design is nothing special--the dull, unsaturated color scheme, in particular, could use a fresh coat of paint--though the photographs that break up the text are well chosen. In any case, the narratives are strong enough to recommend these books for a wide range of uses, from biography assignments to personal-interest reading. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Beatles breaks no new ground while focusing on the band's formation, the Beatlemania years, and the group's ever-evolving musical style, briefly touching on its lasting influence. Branson explores the British entrepreneur's "brash and bold" personality. The texts are accessible but bland. Some photographs of the subjects add interest. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Innovators titles: The Beatles and Richard Branson.]