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I Am Brad Meltzer: An Interview With the Author

Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets and "Sesame Street", is the 11th hero in The New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Henson was always dreaming up something new, and always expressing his belief in the goodness of people. He was a born performer with a terrific sense of humor, and he used those talents to help create two of the most beloved programs in television history: "The Muppet Show" and "Sesame Street". Through The Muppets, Henson showed the world that there is nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it is accompanied by laughter and kindness.
Brad Meltzer is the author of The New York Times bestselling series for children, "Ordinary People Change the World", as well as six The New York Times bestselling thrillers for adults: "The Tenth Justice", "Dead Even", "The First Counsel", "The Millionaires", "The Zero Game", and "The Book of Fate". He is also the #1 bestselling author of the critically acclaimed comic books "Identity Crisis" and "Justice League of America", and is the Co-Creator of the television series "Jack & Bobby".

As part of the series "Ordinary People Change the World" published by Penguin Random House, Meltzer authored the children's book "I Am Jim Henson", with illustration by cartoonist Christopher Eliopoulos.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids television show "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" (2019). One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

  • A timeline of key events in the hero's history.
  • Photos that bring the story more fully to life.
  • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable.
  • Childhood moments that influenced the hero.
  • Facts that make great conversation starters.
  • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to.

During an in-person appearance on January 10, 2017, at a Barnes & Noble location in New York City, Neal Bennington of interviewed Meltzer, with Shefik serving as Camera Operator.


  • Camera Operator: Shefik

Last Updated: May 1, 2023

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Celebrating over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Shefik has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, and MTV World. He currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBCUniversal. His work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation", which is broadcast on over 20 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally distributed video series of the same name via Prime Video and other notable outlets.

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