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“Davis tracks down every Sesame anecdote and every Sesame personality in his book...Finally, we get to touch Big Bird’s feathers.”
James Panero, New York Times Book Review

"Davis culls insights from the show's creators and cast to serve up this painstakingly detailed history of television's most famous address."

“The author’s swift narrative—the product of hundreds of interviews—is essentially a Dumpster dive into Oscar’s trash can of cast stories... a sensitive, honest account that could jog fond memories even from the amnesiac Street denizen Forgetful Jones.”
— Drew Toal, Time Out New York

"Well-researched details and an unflinching eye make Davis's book continuously fascinating."

Publishers Weekly

"As joyfully compelling as Sesame Street itself."


"Anyone who has ever seen Sesame Street as parent or child -- or both -- will love the detail and exuberance of this book."


"Davis spins an evocative, insidery tale out of the wildly creative personalities and political ups and downs of the cozily delivered show."

Washington Post

"Street Gang" is informative, heartbreaking, hilarious, and often eye-opening, even for the most Sesame Street-wise."

Philadelphia Inquirer

"It was a pleasure to spend some time back where everything's A-OK."

Los Angeles Times

"A fascinating page-turner chock full of juicy revelations."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Davis writes with such vivid details that one can almost see the brownstone houses and the furry, feathery, fresh-faced Muppets."

Baltimore Sun


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  Michael Davis is the author of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street.

The 56-year-old journalist has worked at an array of newspapers and magazines as both editor and writer. He was a senior editor and Family Page columnist for TV Guide from 2000-2007.

During the 1986-87 academic year he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Earlier he was an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he earned a master’s degree in 1976. His undergraduate work was completed in 1974 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 1975, Davis dedicated a year of service to Head Start, teaching disadvantaged pre-school children in rural New York State. In 1970, he received a Congressional Medal of Merit for Leadership for service completed at Rogers High School in his hometown on Newport, Rhode Island.

Davis regularly contributes freelance writing and photography to regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. Two of his enterprise features were published in “Best Sports Stories,” the hardbound anthology collections of the best in American sports writing and photography. He lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

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