Over the past few weeks, advance copies of Jim Henson have made their way out into the world and into the hands of reviewers and other readers. It’s been gratifying to hear the (so far) overwhelmingly positive feedback, but there was one set of readers I was particularly interested in hearing from: Jim Henson’s friends and colleagues. I made a point, then, of personally sending advance copies to a number of Jim’s collaborators, both as a token of thanks for their help in writing Jim’s story, but also to see if they — like Frank Oz — thought I had captured the Jim Henson they had known in the pages of the book.
You can imagine my delight, then, when I received a note from Muppet performer Dave Goelz (who I talked about earlier right here), who had this to say about Jim Henson:
“I loved it. Brian Jay Jones vividly portrays Jim’s journey, and also the intersecting journeys of his colleagues and friends. In spite of the fact that Jim and I worked together closely for many years, there were compartments of his life that I hadn’t known before. I was completely involved and couldn’t put the book down. A tremendous job.” — Dave Goelz
As I can’t seem to say enough: Thank you, Dave Goelz.
Are you looking for more reviewers? I simply have an amazon account and do book reviews there and on reddit, but would love to help.
Some idiot posted a very negative review on Amazon. This person has totally missed the point of what biographies are supposed to be. People of such limited intellect should stick with “The Guy Who Played with Puppets”. I, however, am looking forward to “Jim Henson,” because I want to know the real truth, not the simplified child version!
Thanks for the comments, libraryjobber. Horses for courses, as the saying goes. (For those who need pictures to enjoy their books, I should point out that advance copies of books typically do NOT contain the photo inserts. You’ll see more than 40 photos in the final version.)