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Written by  Kevin Clash (with Gary Brozek)
Published  September 2006
Publisher  Broadway Books
ISBN  0767923758

My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud is an inspirational autobiography written by Muppeteer Kevin Clash.


Official summary

This inspiring memoir invites readers on the remarkable journey that Kevin has been on since Elmo’s rise to fame. As an ambassador bringing joy to children all over the world, Kevin has met heads of state and worked with stars like Robert De Niro, Jim Carrey, and Mel Gibson. With full-color photographs of the pair at work and play, this book is a treat for the eye as well as the heart. No one who reads of Kevin’s regard for his mentor, the late Jim Henson, or of Elmo’s bedside visits to the children of the Make a Wish Foundation will be able to deny the poignant impact of My Life as a Furry Red Monster.


  • Welcome to "Elmo's World" - and My World Too (pg 1)
  • Chapter 1: Love (pg 7)
  • Chapter 2: Joy (pg 37)
  • Chapter 3: Creativity (pg 61)
  • Chapter 4: Tolerance (pg 89)
  • Chapter 5: Courage (pg 109)
  • Chapter 6: Friendship (pg 129)
  • Chapter 7: Cooperation (pg 149)
  • Chapter 8: Learning (pg 171)
  • Chapter 9: Optimism (pg 191)
  • Acknowledgments (pg 209)

Audio book

Random House Audio released an abridged audio version of the book narrated by Kevin Clash on September 5, 2006. The reading was released as a CD set and as a digital download.

Events & publicity

  • Clash appeared as several in-store events and signings to promote the book -- these included September 9, 2006 at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Triangle (New York, NY); September 10, 2006 at Books of Wonder (New York, NY); September 16, 2006 at Olsson's Bookstore (Washington, DC); September 20 at Barbara's Bookstore (Chicago, IL); September 21, 2006 at Vroman's Bookstore (Pasadena, CA); and Octover 22, 2006 at 92nd Street Y (New York, NY).
  • Clash also appeared at several book festivals to promote the book. Clash appeared on September 30, 2006 at National Book Festival (Washington, DC); on October 1, 2006 at Baltimore Book Festival (Baltimore, MD); and on October 27, 2006 at the Texas Book Festival (Austin, TX).
  • When the book was released in Japan in 2008, Clash appeared at an event at a Books Kinokuniya in Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. He appeared to meet the public, signing pictures for the first 50 people. A costumed character of Elmo appeared to meet the public.


This delightful book illuminates a man’s journey from child to parent, student to teacher, puppeteer to Muppeteer, and reveals to us who our favorite red furry monster really is—a gifted, humane, empathetic entertainer named Kevin Clash. His book is a meditation on the things that really matter—to Elmo and to all of us.
- Julianne Moore

It should come as no surprise that the man behind America's most beloved red furball is as wise, warm, witty, and wonderful as Elmo himself. My Life as a Furry Red Monster is an entertaining sneak peek at the life and times of one of the most endearing and enduring characters ever created
- Katie Couric

In lively and wonderfully written prose, Kevin tells the story of how he came to be the most popular educator and entertainer of children in the country. His riveting tale weaves together the adventures, idealism, love, and optimism that Kevin has experienced both as himself and as a furry red monster.
- Joan Ganz Cooney

Kevin has given life and breath to one of the most beloved characters in contemporary pop culture. His heart and soul radiate not only through Elmo, but up and down Sesame Street, through this book, and around the world. Not only is Kevin a brilliant artist, but he’s a fabulous human being as well.
- Vanessa Williams

An inspiring success story of an amazing puppeteer who created the beloved character of Elmo. Even though I've worked on Sesame Street for 37 years, I learned things from Kevin's book that even I didn't know before. I loved it.
- Caroll Spinney

Kevin Clash has been an inspiration to me as a mentor and a human being. I'm glad this book allows him to share his kindness, humor and fascinating life journey with the rest of the world!
- John Tartaglia

The first time I met Elmo, I knew there was something special that lived inside of him! His name is Kevin. And there is no one more kind, thoughtful or intelligent. Congratulations on a wonderful book and a wonderful life!
- Alicia Keys

Who would have thought that a Furry Red Monster and an African American man would find happiness and great success as the high-pitched voice for a younger generation. Well, as Kevin Clash so cleverly shares in this new telling of The American Dream, miracles do happen, and for the right reasons. With great candor and humor, he shares his story and what he's learned about life, love, and laughing out loud. Lucky us.
- Arthur Novell

When things get tense or testy on the studio floor—and they always do in TV—Elmo's ad-libs are what generally brings everything around. It's weird—you just have to crack up at this little creature who is rising up out of Kevin's shoulder.
- Bill Irwin

External links

  • Official site
  • "Father of raising children, Mom, give books to spend a day with a smile, "I Love Elmo" Release!",

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