Goodnight Goon

by Michael Rex, c2008.

WHY

I recently re-watched Goon written by Jay Baruchel and starring Liev Schreiber.

(Tis on Netflix now.)

The latest in a semi long line of hockey films that have tried to recreate what Slap Shot did so perfectly.

Goon came close…but as far as cultural impact we’ll have to wait and see.

I’ve been known to sleep in Charlestown Chiefs home whites to this day.  Only in the winter though because those sweaters are toasty.

WHAT

Parody is the greatest form of flattery no?

Goodnight Goon is a spooky re-write of Goodnight Moon.

Goodnight Moon is so well loved that it is constantly being over or underrated every time a top 100 comes out.

The thing that Goodnight Goon really captured was the cadence of the original.  This book is crazy fun to read aloud.  It’s got mad flow.

WHO

Kevin Smith will get the Goon ref and since he has been going through a horror phase…boom perfect!

Also I really love the idea of Jay Mewes reading this book out loud to Silent Bob.

Snoochie boochies.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?

by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, c2012.

WHY

Jane Yolen you mah girl!

Also I’ve had a years long flirtation with Judaism that my friend/coworker Michelle correctly diagnosed as a “phase”.  According to Michelle all girls go through a Judaism phase in their late teens or early twenties.

Wise Michelle is.  Like Yoda Michelle is.

Either that, or Michelle understood the social impact of Charlotte York way before even Emily Nussbaum.

WHAT

A series of questions about how a dinosaur behaves during his family’s Chanukah celebrations.  Well actually it’s several dinosaurs and several families and I’m not sure if they’re actually questions.

The questions rhyme.

Not a great book really…

Unless…

you read it while doing an Adam Sandler impression!

WHO

Harry Goldenblatt

Because everyone could use a refresher on how to act during the High Holidays.

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Don’t Tease the Guppies!

by Pat Lowery Collins, illustrated by Marylin Hafner, c1994.

WHY

I picked this title off the shelf because it reminded me of my swim coach yelling over and over again “don’t splash the minnows!”  The local pool where we took our swimming lessons was quite cramped in those days so the older kids or “sharks” would have the lane right next to the beginner “minnows”.  Some splashing of the minnows was unavoidable, excessive splashing of the minnows would get you yanked from the lesson.

Excessive splashing of the minnows only happened when covert racing was going on.  Even though they kept the rather aggressive naming scheme that allowed for “sharks”, by the 90’s these swim lessons were meant only to teach kids how to swim safely and for survival purposes.  If you got yanked and had to sit on the cold ledge of the pool with no towel at 6am it wasn’t because you were splashing beginner swimmers it was because you were racing.

Sharks are incredibly smart creatures, they adapt.  And so after spending too many mornings shivering on the side of the pool we sharks started holding our races after the pool opened for general admission.

I still live my life one pool length at a time.

WHAT

Two brothers are visiting the aquarium.

Tim = younger brother so I automatically like him better.

Jon= older brother who tells the aquarium attendant “he can’t read” pointing to Tim.  Lock it up Jon. 

Throughout their trip Tim points to each sign making up what the words say.  Every time Jon corrects him we find out that Tim got the gist of the sign right…he just used better more creative phrasing.

My favorite is the sign that says “Giant Sea Turtle 400 lbs”.

Which Tim reads as “Don’t Feed That Fat Turtle.  His Shell Will Bust”.

Tim becomes the latest in a long storied history of more imaginative younger siblings who end up lost after wandering away from those bossy first borns.  This tends to happen  while said older child is reciting useless facts they know (that you don’t know) simply because they’ve reached 4th grade already, as if that’s hard to do!

Hershey Park used to have a great place to hang out and wait when this happened.

In the end the boys are reunited and Tim surprises both Jon and the reader with the last sign he “reads”.

WHO

I feel like Pete and Pete would really get the brother dynamic in this book.  Also, Pete and Pete often seemed to be under a startling lack of adult supervision just like Jon and Tim.  Twas a different time.

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Bark, George

by Jules Feiffer, c1999.

WHY

To celebrate the royal baby George Alexander Louis of course!

WHAT

A humorous take on the already humorous “there was an old lady who swallowed a fly” concept.

There are two major differences between George’s tale and the old lady’s:

No one even thinks about why George has random animals roaming about his intestinal tract.

I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.”

No one speculates about George’s mortality.

Perhaps she’ll die.”

These are two valid concerns when one mammal begins regurgitating other species.

Maybe someone should be more worried about George huh?

WHO

Pippa Middleton.

Reading to babies is the best part of being an Auntie!

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written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

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