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Look! "Before You Leap" is an amazing book

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Beauregard, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    "Channeling the Frog". Very nice. Very cool.

    It was a wonderful book. You did very well with it. Some of the pig jokes I found quite entertaining... still too many of them, but I did enjoy quite a few. ;)

    (we all miss his "wicked whimsy")

    And it's nice to see you post here on Muppet Central! Welcome-welcome!
  2. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Indeed, ;)

    I liked this part of the book, "I turned to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, who suggests the Muppet Labs Send-In-the-Clones 3000. It's fun, efficient, and easy to operate. Just ask Beaker. And Beaker. And Beaker (etc.)" :eek:

    And also, "Life is great. But without the bad times, we wouldn't know the difference."

    We could all use some self help!
  3. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    That said...can there be too many Pig jokes? *giggles*

    But seriously, even if there were one or two more, I think you captured the essence of their relationship perfectly.

    I know most of the fanfic writers on this board really well - and we are all ushy-gushy re Pig and Frog - but we loved the relationship portrayed in the book. You can tell he cares for her...unless we were reading too much into it in our Ushy-Gushy way...*ahem*

    Anyway, it's fab to see you on MC, and your user-name makes me smile.

    Bea:zany:{"...won't happen again..." Does this mean that a book will happen again?}regard
  4. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Oh my gosh! It's an honor Mr. Lewis! I thought the book was amazing, and such a wonderful piece of Muppet history, you channeled it so well, I really thought I was reading Kermit. A very very profound and moving piece of work. Thank you for writing it and I hope to see more from you in the near future.

  5. BearWithMe

    BearWithMe Member

    Aw shucks. I've been coming here for years, just never had the nerve to write. And remember, I'm just a fan who found himself sitting next to Jerry Juhl one day saying "I got plenty of set-ups, you got any punchlines?"...As for more books, it's not for me to say, but I hope so.
  6. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    I'm already on page 129, and YES! lolsee i did get the book for christmas! :crazy: btw nice to have u here Mr. Lewis, a VERY nice read! :)
  7. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Mr. Lewis, I love and envy you in some strange combination at the same time. Man, if I could have your shoes I'd be in heaven. It's my dream to write for the Muppets some day and this book inspired me more and more! And I do hope that you get the go ahead to write more books, I'd buy every single one! Happy New Year to you Mr. Lewis!

  8. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    Mr. Lewis... i have ONE more question for ya :D ... why wasn't "kermits Swamp Years" or "Muppets from Space" movies menchoned in the book? is it somthin Disney didnt want, as from the looks of it, they (Disney/MHC) made Gonzo back into a "WhatEver" again (wich i'm glad anyways, NEVER really liked the idea of him as an alien :sympathy: but i did like the movie) But i did see that Croker's name did show up in the NEW book tho! :smirk:
  9. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    I second Prawnie 100 percent. And I have to say that there are so many little things I love about the book... I'm fond of Fridays with Fozzie, for example. The thank you's at the beginning are also wonderful. I adore every mention of Robin... Okay, so I'm biased there, but still...

    I must say though, my two favorite parts of the book are at the very beginning and the very end. Goodness knows the stuff in the middle is awesome too, but my two favorite parts...

    "For Jim Henson, who first held me up for the world to see. And for the lovers, the dreamers, and you." I knew right then that I would not be able to stop squeeing when I read it, and that whoever wrote it (That would be you, Mr. Lewis) did a fantastic job and deserved a whole lot of praise.

    "Hi there! This is the end of the book. You can put it down now. Thanks. Kermit the Frog." There's something about it that's just so... So perfect and Kermity and happy and simple and GREAT!

    I honestly smile every time I open the book, no matter what page I open it to. So, thank you, Mr. Lewis, for writing the book and for doing such an amazing job.

  10. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    This is my absolute favorite part in the entire book. I cried when I read it, and I almost cry just thinking of it.

    "I truly believe that because of Jim and his dreams, the world really is a better place- not just for me but for all of us.
    No matter what happens in my life, Jim will always be the biggest part of what I do and who I am. And I know that in my heart he'll live forever. Thanks, Jim. I miss you and I love you."​

    Amen, Kermit.
  11. Leyla

    Leyla Well-Known Member

    Oh, Lisa, you are so right. I've been meaning to do a nice in-depth review of this book... I really must get on that.

    Wow, how very cool to have a real author amongst us, and a muppet author at that. I've actually got two copies of "Before you Leap" in my possession, one of which I'm sending to my non-muppet fan friend. It's too good a book for her not to read. I've also shared it around work. It's really such a charming read... even for non, or casual fans. There's just something about dreams that imakes them universal in their appeal.

    Perhaps not everyone agrees with me, but I find there's so much heart in this book... that sweet, silly, ferociously determined optimism that's always been so much a part of the Muppets' spirit. It's there, from beginning to end and reading this book is almost like getting a literary hug from Kermit himself.

    I'm definately one of those silly ushy gushy types who roots for the pig and the frog, but boy, have I ever missed seeing Fozzie as Fozzie... and you know what? He's there, in "Before You Leap." He's there, in all that sweet, childlike loyalty and love...and oh, I can't tell you how happy that makes me. What a wonderful, muppety book... muppety like I thought couldn't possibly exist anymore.

    Gee... I'd say more... but all of a sudden, I need to read it again.

    Thanks for the book...much respected fellow fan.

  12. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Well, it's nice to see that you arn't laying it on too think there Prawnie...but, don't you think his shoes would smell?

    But seriously, it is great to see you here, Mr Lewis, I'm sure you have a lot to contribute to MC - and most of that is probably tied up behind contractual agreements, confidentiality agreements, and restraining orders from the pig - but we'd love to hear any thoughts you have on life with the Muppets, the universe, and everything.

    One of the passages I most love from the book is when Kermit's talking about taking {drum roll, please} 'The Muppet Show' to producers, and their subsequent brillient excuses.

    "YOU should have come in LAST week. We've ALREADY GOT a frog hosted weekly variety show in development." - Yeah, right..., says I (after comments added by me).

    "We ABSOLUTELY LOVE the concept, EXCEPT the part about it being...etc" - Yeah, suuuuure you do.

    "Why a FROG?" - Why NOT a frog???

    "I LOVE the Muffets! You guys, I never cared for. But I adore the Muffets!" - Yes, who exactly are the Muffets again?

    "SECURITY!" - What are you, Miss Stacey?
  13. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    Mr. Lewis, we seriously need a Miss Piggy autobiography, I think that would be very interesting. I just finished reading the book (I hardly ever read books) but it was very good, and very muppety. Im fine with the pig jokes but as long as they arent too too harsh. I loved the little meeting with Bunsen, Pepe', Floyd, Kermit, and Piggy that was great, and I can picture that right in my head.

    Welcome to the board Mr. Lewis!!

  14. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    I'm the same way. I NEVER read books. I had been looking for this book though and couldn't find it. A week or two before Christmas two of my friends and I were in Barnes and Noble. We were walking out and one of my friends (who is a Muppet fan via me) opened up a book laying on the table by the door goes, "This is neat!" I looked and was like "I've been looking for that! Good thing I don't have any money!" (Sarcasm's my thing.) He ended up getting it for me without me knowing and gave it to me at Christmas. He mentioned that the cover was a little smudged up, which it was, but that's alright cuz it gives the book character....more so than what's already written on the pages!
    I've been reading like a chapter a day. I find myself smiling like a goon as I read it. I can picture Kermit sitting at a computer, typing it out.
    I'm with Barry Lee, I also think we need a Miss Piggy memoir. Maybe also a Gonzo one.
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I've been vying for Fozzie's to be the next on the list....it would be totally adoreable...either that or Scooter's, though Scooter is a lot less popular, and his history is far more controversial (To Muppet Baby, or not to Muppet Baby, this is the question).
  16. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    What do you mean, "'a lot less popular"?!!! lol

    Though I agree, his history is a bit muddled at this point, hehe.
  17. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! The band's road manager."

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! I'm your new go-fer, and my uncle owns the theater."

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! I've been with the gang since me and my sis were just toddlers in a nursery."

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! I've been working as a cage dancer for Club Dot to work my way through college."

    ... now, which backstory would you choose?

  18. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Definitely not the cage dancer one!

    Hmm, the gopher story would be my choice...but I'm not entirely against the Muppet Babies one...
  19. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    Not to be a stick in the mud, but...

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! The band's road manager." - Remember at the beginning of The Muppet Movie, Kermit said it was sort of approximately how they met.

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! I'm your new go-fer, and my uncle owns the theater." - I'd take this one since it was on the Muppet Show.

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! I've been with the gang since me and my sis were just toddlers in a nursery." - I look at the entire series Muppet Babies as being part of Piggy's fantasy from The Muppets Take Manhattan. In the movie she mad the comment on how she wishes they would met much sooner and how it would've been wonderful if they'd had known each other when they were little.

    "Hi, I'm Scooter! I've been working as a cage dancer for Club Dot to work my way through college." - That was only if Kermit had never been born and Miss Bitterman had built the mall.
  20. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    So, the official story would be the go-fer. However, if you wanted to do a book on Piggy's life, you could bring in the Muppet Babies fantasy. Problem solved, right? (Probably not)

    Aw, VH1's I luv the '80s just mentioned Kermit and Piggy's 'On Screen Hook up' from 1981!

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