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Publisher's Summary

There are few things that evoke such a universal feeling of warmth and humor as the work of Jim Henson. In his own words, as well as those of some of his best-known characters like Kermit the Frog and Ernie, we'll get a glimpse of the philosophy and humor that was so essential to Jim's creations. We'll also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the collaborative spirit of this gentle artistic genius from the people Jim knew, loved, and inspired.

This uplifting collection of quotes, stories, anecdotes, songs, and insights gives new life to Jim's magical world. With chapters titled Dynamite Determination; Listen to Your Heart; Together We Can Do It; It Starts When We're Kids; and A Part of Everything and Everyone, It's Not Easy Being Green is by turns entertaining, inspiring, and laugh-out-loud funny, reminding us that every day counts. Readers young and old will cherish this collection.

Culled from The Jim Henson Company archives, program transcripts, personal letters, and interviews, along with some of Jim's never-before-published writings, It's Not Easy Being Green is a testament to the legacy of a man who changed the way we see the world.

©2005 The Jim Henson Company, Inc.; (P)2005 Hyperion

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Inspirational/Spiritual

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  • Franka
  • Giesbeek, N/A, Netherlands
  • 12-31-05

Could be better

To me, there is no real story being told. Just one quote after another. A bit of a disapointment.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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One if my favorites!

I constantly battle with pessimism and this book is the best remedy! It provides you with inspiration and quotes you can utilize everyday for a better life!

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  • Lauren
  • Fullerton, CA, United States
  • 01-07-16

A Warm Blanket

Would you consider the audio edition of It's Not Easy Being Green to be better than the print version?

The actor's voices definitely add meaning to the inspiring things

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A lot of feels and inspiration

Which scene was your favorite?

Kermit singing Rainbow Connection

What insight do you think you’ll apply from It's Not Easy Being Green?

We all have the capacity to do good<br/>You can be successful in anything you do<br/>To be a creator, you must also be an appreciater

Any additional comments?

The audiobook is only an hour and more of a vignette than any sort of story. If you're in the dumps, pull out this audiobook out and listen, and listen again.

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  • Audrey
  • Berkshire, NY, USA
  • 04-27-09

Its Not Easy Being Green

Loved this fitting tribute to Jim Henson, one very talented man and what an inspiration to us all. Would have loved to hear his voice, not just through Kermit.

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Fun, Happy, Not Much To Say

Would you consider the audio edition of It's Not Easy Being Green to be better than the print version?

There are several good actors reading and excellent audio production. This is a made-for-audio performance.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

When the program was over, I felt a bit unsatisfied. I think I was looking for more biographical content and facts mixed in with the feel-good, inspirational quotes.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

There was variety and real acting ability in the narrators. I did get tired of Whoopi Goldberg sounding like she was reading a storybook to me as a child.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's pretty short and easy to listen to in one sitting. There is great variety to the audio, so it keeps you paying attention.

Any additional comments?

You have to be a bit sappy to get into this. It's got eye-rolling stuff like linking Fraggle Rock character dialogue to an inspirational view of the world. And maybe adults that love Sesame Street and the Muppets are more willing to indulge a bit of childishness. I did enjoy hearing about Jim Henson's unique working style and motivations. In fact, it's the counterpoint to a modern idea that great success requires treating people poorly and being opportunistic. (E.g. Steve Jobs style)<br/><br/>Although the mixture of quotes and anecdotes was pleasant and well-produced, the program would have been more powerful if there were more content about Jim Henson's life. For example, it's fascinating to me that Jim Henson didn't want to work on Sesame Street, because he prefered to focus on adult-oriented content, yet decided to do it out of a sense of duty. But life events like that weren't really discussed.<br/><br/>In the end, I'm really glad I listened to this program even though it was a bit fluffy. I recommend it to people that are still in love with Jim Henson's work.

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  • Caroline
  • 02-18-14

The muppets and Jim Henson will always be cool

What made the experience of listening to It's Not Easy Being Green the most enjoyable?

Loved the use of audio clips of Jim's voice and some of the muppets

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jim Henson was a great man, I would have loved to have meet him.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The variety and the way its not easy being green song was read aloud as well as sung.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The way his friends spoke of him with such affetion and warmth.

Any additional comments?

A must listen for all Muppet fans.