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I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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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?Read more ›
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!
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.
It's not quite for children, due to the main character's stint as a stripper pole. :) In comments is a gratuitous picture of the book on my Fire.
Leave comments, if you'd like. Try to be Pole-it. :)
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Laugh out loud funny, creative and unique. Even the signature page in the front of the book is funny.
Enjoyed very much!
Funny book, but it is not kid friendly. Order it as a gag, not as a gift for a child.Published 22 days ago by Matthew Hedlund
not worth the time or money , How did this loser even write a book, oh that's right ,, someone else did!!!!!Published 1 month ago by steve kd
WARNING: Not really a children's book.
Perhaps I should have done more research first or was a tad naive, but I thought - though farcical, this was actually a children's... Read more
Love the book! First heard it read by Colbert himself on his show, then had a daughter and said yes she will hear this book.Published 3 months ago by Jesse Nordman
Bought for my brother who is a Stephen Colbert fan and he enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by danieka92