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I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) Audible – Unabridged

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Simply put, Stephen Colbert's I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) is the funniest under 10-minute read that I've thumbed through and then read this year... and maybe last year as well!

Like the best of Colbert's work, this one offers a preposterous concept in a very straight-faced tongue-in-cheek way that artfully lampoons children's books, politics and pop culture even as it embraces it. Page after page (OK, there are only 32 pages here), Colbert's prose entertains, and Paul Hildebrand's witty illustrations just amplify the words we find as we first flip through this book, then go into it again, looking for depth and then discovering that it's just pure Colbert. And that's exactly what makes it so good.

Warning: put your coffee down as you read this book, unless you want a messed up shirt.

Right there on the cover and the dust jacket is perhaps the finest endorsement that this truly witty book could have, one written by the late Maurice Sendak:

"The sad thing is, I like it!"
~ Maurice Sendak

Coincidently, Maurice Sendak passed away today, and one can only wish and think that he's out there, chuckling to himself, as he had his own part to play in the making of this book, and is acknowledged as such with the special thanks that Colbert posted within.

This reader was first alerted to this this book in a January 2012 video clip on The Colbert Report, one where the late author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was being interviewed by Stephen Colbert on the current state of children's books ("The Cow That Jumped Over The Moon?
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Another terrific read from Dr. Rev. Stephen T. Colbert, Esq. Everybody should buy a copy of this for Christmas (and all other occasions) to keep Stephen's humor close by. He did a brilliant interview back in January with Maurice Sendak, who inspired this book, and whom we remember fondly today on the day of his death (May 8, 2012). God bless you Stephen and Maurice!
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Got it...and...done!
Fastest I've ever read a book. It's longer than what he read to Sendak in the interview back in January, plus it's got a lot of extra fun things like on the cover, inside the cover, on the back cover, etc.
If you do read it to your kids, just skip over the stripper page. It is a good kids book that they will read again when they are adults and love it all over again for other reasons.
Ironic that Sendak died the day of the release of the book. It's like a fitting tribute!
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so beautiful and deep, this book... it's just too beautiful to even review. the quote by Maurice Sendak just brought me to tears. the illustrations are colorful. i can't wait for book #2 and of course the film. keep up the good work. buy this book and support poles everywhere.
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**except children under 18

Exactly what you'd expect of a children's book written by Stephen Colbert: self-aggrandizing, patriotic, faux right-wing, not keen on evolution, thinly veiled adult humor. And of course, hilarious.

If you're thinking of picking this up, check out the 2-minute opening clip from the April 24 episode of The Colbert Report for a funny introduction to the book. (I'll put a link in the comments section.)

The book is very short, just 30 pages or so. Even admiring the art work on each page (and it's fun artwork), you'll get through it in 10 minutes.

But if you're a fan of Stephen's type of humor, you'll enjoy this a lot, and it's fun to have on the coffee table when friends drop in.
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Google "Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak" for the entire interview between Stephen Colbert and Maurice Sendak. You will learn how this book came to be and will laugh yourself silly. Not for kids, though...so parents, don't be tempted. It's an kid's book for adults!
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I pre-ordered this book and am SO happy I did. I read this book to my seven month old son last night. He loved it. Well, I think he did. He doesn't talk yet and kept smacking the pages with his little hands. I'm sure it's his baby way of showing approval. The pictures are wonderful and it's a great story. Money well spent. It is an adult book but if you leave out the stripper pole page it is ok for kids.
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Kurt Vonnegut explained the meaning of life for the entire human race in "Sirens of Titan". In "I am a pole (and so can you)" Stephen Colbert explains the meaning of the life of a pole.
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