Yup. I’m one of those people. An adult who still adores Jim Henson’s Muppets. Really, it shouldn’t be a surprise, you’ve been reading my ramblings for months, you must have seen it coming.
The Muppets have been around for decades. Besides the cast of The Muppet Show, Jim Henson created Sesame Street to help bring education to inner city kids. He changed the world when he did that. I’ve already told you about my love for the Sesame Street books Grover’s Book of Cute Baby Animals and The Sesame Street Pet Show.
Another great show he created was Fraggle Rock. I loved the Fraggles and I own DVDs of the seasons. I also snagged some picture books for my kids from a thrift store.
You can even buy interactive Fraggle Rock books from Amazon.com. Fraggle Rock Game Day and Fraggle Friends Forever are available for Android devices. The Doozers come from Fraggle Rock and they have been recently given their own preschool show, so naturally, books followed.
He also created The Muppet Babies. I watched them every Saturday morning. I loved all of their adventures and quite a few books were made about the babies.
And even a comic book series (we own this issue!)
There was a series of books that taught morals. The Muppets were school aged in those books.
I can’t even begin to list all of the books the Muppets were featured in back when I was a kid. I do wish I owned this one though:
And I’m tempted to buy a copy of Chickens Are People Too (but what are Gonzos?)
I know I got this comic strip collection from the Weekly Reader orders when I was a kid.
The Muppets have kind of dropped out of the spotlight in the last few years. Disney bought the Jim Henson studio, and Jason Siegel badgered Disney until they agreed to make a new movie. The new movie sparked a short resurgence in their popularity. I bought a few books for school that came out because of the movies (which are hilarious and star studded, must like the originals).
There is a long-running comic book series too. I don’t have a local comic book store so I don’t have any, but the cast retells great stories like Robin Hood and The Phantom of the Opera in them.
Finally, I want to tell you about a great middle grade series that features the Muppets. Kirk Scroggs is the amazing author/illustrator behind Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet.
Danvers is an average kid who idolizes the stunts of Gonzo the Great, unfortunately those stunts don’t work any better for him than they did for Gonzo.
Life for Danvers is turned upside down when he wakes up as a Muppet one morning! No one knows what has caused this anomaly, but there are a couple scientists down at the Muppet Labs who might be able to help.
In the meantime, Danvers takes an internship at the Muppet Theater and learns from Gonzo the Great himself!
The cast is all here and Scroggs draws them perfectly. There are four books in the set and they are pretty darn fun. Kids love this style of illustrated books — like Diary of a Wimpy Kid — so these are great for reluctant readers.
There are other Muppets groupies like me out there. The Muppets may not be mainstream, but they will never fully fade away, the Internet has seen to that. I, for one, am so glad these books were made and I know there will be more.