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1990-1994 1995-1999 2000-2005

The Phantom of the Muppet Theater (1991)

Published 1991 by Smithmark Publishers Inc., with the Muppet Press. Written by Ellen Weiss. Illustrated by Manhar Chauhan. Storybook. Hardcover, 44 pages.

In this storybook, the Muppet Theater is visited by the ghost of the man who built the theater. Ironicly, the ghost's name is "John Stone" possibly a referenc to the long-time Sesame Street writer and producer.

The Story of Jim Henson, Creator of the Muppets (1991)The Story of Jim Henson: Creator of the Muppets (1991)

Published 1991 by Dell Publishing. Written by Stephanie St. Pierre. Photos. Paperback, 106 pages.

This is a kids' biography of Jim Henson, including an eight-page section of photos.

The Value of Imagination: The Story of Jim Henson (1991)

Published 1991 by Value Communications, Inc. Written by Ann Donegan Johnson. Illustrated by Pilpggi. Illustrations. Hardcover, 64 pages.

This is a very strange book. It includes information about Jim Henson throughout but it uses abstract puppets and no Muppet characters at all. The final page pictures a deceased Henson stepping onto a rainbow accompanied by a dragon and a unicorn.

Behind the Creation of the Muppets (1991)

Published by Abdo & Daughters. Written by Bob Italia.

A children's biography of Jim Henson.

Miss Piggy in Foo-Foo, Where Are You? (1991)

Published by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Ellen Weiss. Illustrated by Manhar Chauhan. Hardcover, 23 pages.

A Golden Sight 'N' Sound Book in which Miss Piggy tries to find her beloved dog, Foo-Foo. A very simple story that has the reader press buttons that add sound effects to the story.

Jim Henson: Muppet Master (1992)Jim Henson: Muppet Master (1992)

Published by Lerner Publications Company. Written by Nathan Aaseng. Hardback, 40 pages.

This is a reissue of the 1988 book, Muppet Master after Jim Henson's death in 1990. The book is labeled as a "Memorial Edition" at the bottom right hand corner of the cover of the book.

Jack Prelutsky's Sweet & Silly Muppet Poems (1992)

Published 1992 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Jack Prelutsky. Illustrated by Joe Ewers. Illustrations. Hardcover, 24 pages.

This book features poems about the Muppet Show, including poems about Fozzie, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and Kermit's garden. Very clever illustrations.

This book is a children's reissue of some of the poems featured in the original, more classy Kermit's Garden of Verses written ten years earlier.

bookswamp.jpg (18713 bytes)Kermit, Save the Swamp! (1992)

Published 1992 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Richard Chevat. Illustrated by Tom Leigh. Storybook. Hardcover, 24 pages.

Kermit and Fozzie visit Kermit's home swamp, to find that the swamp creatures have sold the place to developers to build a shopping mall and an amusement park.

bookseverychild.jpg (21208 bytes)For Every Child, a Better World (1993)

Published 1993 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Kermit the Frog, in cooperation with the United Nations. As told to Louise Gikow and Ellen Weiss. Illustrated by Bruce McNally. Storybook. Hardcover, 44 pages.

This book illustrates the philosophy of the United Nations' programs for agricultural development, health, labor, free speech.

Fozzie's Funnies: A Book of Silly Jokes and Riddles (1993)

booksfozfunnies.jpg (18219 bytes)Published 1993 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Fozzie Bear. Illustrated by Tom Brannon. Storybook. Hardcover, 24 pages.

A joke book from Fozzie, with all the standards: "How do you make time fly?" "Waiter, what's this fly doing in my soup?" "How do you know when an elephant has been in your refrigerator?" Nicely illustrated with drawings of Fozzie and the Muppet gang.

Fozzie Goes to the Doctor (1993)

Published by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press.

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I Am Kermit (1993)

Published 1993 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Louise Gikow. Illustrated by Joe Ewers. Storybook. Hardcover, 20 pages.

This is a simple storybook introducing Kermit and his friends. Kermit and Robin go to the park and the zoo, then have a picnic.

Jim Henson's World of Television (1993)Jim Henson's World of Television (1993)

Published by the Museum of Television & Radio. Only Available at the Museum of TV & Radio. Softcover, 54 pages.

This book is kind-of a large episode guide for fans. It features information about every single Muppet special: a description, credits, original air date and network. This book is an incredible resource and was only sold at the Museum of Television & Radio.

Jim Henson: The Works - The Art, the Magic, the Imagination (1993)

Jim Henson: The WorksPublished 1993 by Random House. Text by Christopher Finch. Design by Justine Strasberg. Photos. Hardcover, 252 pages.

This is the 1990's version of Of Muppets and Men, an even bigger celebration of Jim Henson's incredible career. It's full of information on every Henson show, special and movie, as well as the company, the puppeteers, and the puppets. This book is indispensable for Muppet fans.

booksmccstory.jpg (15502 bytes)The Muppet Christmas Carol (1993)

Published 1993 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Storybook adaptation by Louise Gikow. Based on the film by Jerry Juhl. Photos. Paperback, 24 pages.

Here's a brief storybook adaptation of "The Muppet Christmas Carol". It's slim on text, but it's well-illustrated with color photos.

Meet Jim Henson (1993)Meet Jim Henson (1993)

Published 1993 by Random House. Written by Louise Gikow. Photos. Paperback, 80 pages.

A nice kids' biography of Jim Henson with black and white photos. It begins with some good chapters on Henson as a young boy, with photos of Jim and his family, and then describes the creation of Sam and Friends, Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and beyond.

A Merry Muppet Christmas: Through the Window (1993)

Published 1993 by Western Publishing Company with the Muppet Press. Designed and produced by Joshua Morris Publishing, Inc. Illustrations. Hardcover, 10 pages.

In this picture book, there are big holes in the pages so that Gonzo and Rizzo can look "through the window" on the front cover clear through to the last page.

One Frog Can Make a Difference (1993)

One Frog Can Make a Difference (1993)Published 1993 by Pocket Books with the Muppet Press. Written by Kermit the Frog, as told to Robert P. Riger. Illustrated by Tom Payne. Jacket and book design by Michael Pic๓n. Illustrations. Hardcover, 96 pages.

Each short chapter is Kermit's take on a recent book trend, including "Frogs of Madison County," "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Frogs," and "Frogs Who Hop with Women Who Run with Wolves but Can't Keep Up." The book is nicely illustrated with drawings of Kermit and Piggy.

An audio version of this book was also released.

Off to the Woods! (1993)

Published 1993 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Ellen Weiss. Illustrated by Joe Ewers. Storybook. Paperback, 24 pages.

This is one of three environmentally themed storybooks. Kermit, Robin and the Frog Scouts go camping, and Kermit teaches the Scouts how to camp in the forest without causing any damage to nature.

booksprettypark.jpg (16523 bytes)Pretty Park (1993)

Published 1993 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Bonnie Worth. Illustrated by Joe Ewers. Storybook. Paperback, 24 pages.

Another environmental-themed storybook. Miss Piggy plans a picnic in the park with Kermit, but the park is a mess. So she enlists her friends' help in cleaning it up.

Ready, Set, Recycle! (1993)

booksrecycle.jpg (16267 bytes)Published 1993 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Richard Chevat. Illustrated by Joe Ewers. Storybook. Paperback, 24 pages.

The third "green" storybook. Kermit teaches Miss Piggy about recycling, so she "recycles" all her old clothes with a big yard sale.

The Story of Jim Henson, Creator of the Muppets (1994)

A reissue of the 1991 book again in paperback.

If You Were Kermit (1994)

Published 1994 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Bonnie Worth. Illustrated by Tom Brannon. Storybook. Paperback, 24 pages.

Kermit describes his life - tap-dancing in the rain, jumping in mud puddles, breaking up fights between Miss Piggy and Animal. Very cute.

If You Were Miss Piggy (1994)

Published 1994 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Written by Richard Chevat. Illustrated by Tom Leigh. Storybook. Paperback, 24 pages.

Miss Piggy describes what it's like to be "a beautiful, glamorous movie star."

Jim Henson's Big Book of Muppet Stories (1994)Jim Henson's Big Book of Muppet Stories (1994)

Published 1994 by Derrydale Books. Illustrations. Hardcover, 256 pages.

This release is a big reprint collection of stories from a series of storybooks called "Jim Henson's Muppet Stories," sold through supermarkets. The first two-thirds are Muppet stories and the last third is Muppet Babies.

Muppet Christmas Eve: A Mini Pop-Up Book (1994)

Published 1994 by Western Publishing/Golden Press with the Muppet Press. Designed by Chuck Murphy. Illustrated by Jim Henson Productions, Inc. Paper engineering by Bruce Reifel. Storybook. Hardcover, 10 pages.

A tiny pop-up storybook showing Kermit, Fozzie, Piggy and Fozzie's mother preparing for Christmas.

The Muppets Make Puppets! (1994)

The Muppets Make Puppets! (1994)Published 1994 by Workman Publishing. Written by Cheryl Henson and the Muppet Workshop. Illustrations by David Cain. Photographs by John E. Barrett. Photos. Paperback, 112 pages.

This how-to book by the Muppet Workshop teaches how kids can make puppets out of household objects. It uses photos of actual Muppets to illustrate various puppet-making principles, including eyes, noses, teeth, hair and character-building. It makes puppet-making look easy and fun.

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