"The sad thing is, I like it" - Maurice Sendak
"The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation.
Also Father's Day.
Also, other times."
- Stephen Colbert
Starring a dopily earnest, bug-eyed pole seeking a purpose in life, Colbert s tongue-in-cheek debut picture book was born out of a segment with Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report, in which the late author/illustrator decried the talentless individuals (particularly celebrities) creating children s books. The result: a patriotic parody of saccharine, over-earnest picture books. Colbert s deadpan humor traipses into the tactless as he riffs on singsong verse ( I maypoled for a month,/ Learning pagans aren t my type.../ I didn t cut it as a totem / Me no smoke-um the peace pipe ), and the digital illustrations, unskilled by design, mock amateurish art. Pole s pursuits underscore that Colbert s adult fans will be the book s primary audience like Go the F**k to Sleep, this is a not-for-children children s book (Pole considers becoming a Gallup poll and interns as a stripper pole before becoming an American flagpole). Still, Colbert affirms his place as a master of the kind of satire that, if you aren t paying attention, you might just miss is a joke.
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While I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for a child (unless the parents have a really super sense of humour) it's still a brilliant book and completely worth the money.
For those of you who aren't big on words, there are a lot of pictures too. Hurray!
I Will Use This Book as a Children's Counseling Tooll
I am an elementary school counselor and after reading this wonderful book, have decided to share it with the students who attend my school. It can be used for so many different issues like being unique, career counseling, accepting others who are not the same as you, bullying..... The list could go on. I think this book is fine to use with children and want to thank Stephen Colbert who I have always thought is brilliant.
Thank you Stephen.
Sue Latini,EdS, LMHC
I am a pole (and so can you)
First I'd like to say R.I.P Maurice Sendak, you will never be forgotten and thank you for promoting this book i loved every single page! But anyways for Mr. Colbert you have made a very good patriotic story about a lost pole who finds himself as an American flag! Anyways to people whom are wanting a good quick read buy this book, you won't regret a penny! I am even going to buy a hard copy!