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parody and peek-a-boo

You might note that some of the entries are being posted ahead of schedule. Never fear, all will return to normal eventually). I am simply trying to make sure there is a #blogaday and a #bookaday. Some days I double up and then post out separately. It's silly, I know, but I did set both a blog and a book per day as a goal for this year. Anywhooo...

Here is a parody on a classic children's book. I doubt anyone unfamiliar with the original story will find it at all amusing. I always enjoy parodies (GOODNIGHT GOON, THE TAKING TREE, THE DUMB BUNNIES).

WHERE THE MILD THINGS ARE: A VERY MEEK PARODY is by Maurice Send-up and illustrated by Bonnie Leick (Simon & Schuster 2009). It is the winner of the Cheap Gold Sticker according to the cheap gold sticker on the cover. A mild monster travels away from home where his good manners and reading habits are not appreciated. Along the way he meets some folks including Martha Stewart, Al Gore, Jay Leno and Bill Gates. He returns home not quite as mild as before. Good for teaching older readers about parody. Young readers will definitely not "get" it. <39>

OUT OF SIGHT by Pittau and Gervais (Chronicle 2010) is a lift-the-flap book with black flaps against stark white pages. Underneath the flaps, however, are a wide variety of animals, each with an interesting fact. The animals range from small (Hamsters can store half their body weight in food in their cheeks) to large (more peopke are injured by a hippo than by a shark each year). Kids will enjoy browsing. <40>
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