Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
By Michael Davis
Viking Books, 2009, $27.95 U.S., $31.00 Canada
That being said Davis gives it his best shot with Street Gang, a thorough, funny, poignant and candid look at the lives of the people who brought Sesame Street to life.
Sometimes, the book gets bogged down a little bit in background on politics and culture’s effects on the show, but Davis manages to keep it all connected to the show, more or less.
The reader gets a look at the early days of children’s television, a genre that was denounced by FCC heads in the early 1960s as “massive doses of cartoons, violence and more violence.”
Around Chapter 14, the book finally gets to Sesame Street itself. From this point on, we are introduced to more cast members, like Emilio Delgado, Sonia Manzano and Northern Calloway, and puppeteers like Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Marty Robinson and Kevin Clash.
The book ends mostly on an optimistic note, looking toward the show’s future. In some spots, Davis delivers too many details or not enough details in other spots, but all in all, “Street Gang” is a must-read for die-hard Sesame fans and casual viewers alike.
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