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Not Your Mother's Goose Paperback – June 12, 2015
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About the Author
Having passed second grade (on the very first try), Topher Goggin is highly qualified to write a fairy tale book like Not Your Mother's Goose. After continuing past second grade to Williams College and Notre Dame Law School, he now works as a small town lawyer in Central Michigan, and additionally does other lawyerly things like teaching college precalculus and showing eight-year-olds the finer points of how to PLEASE stop hitting the kid next to you with a nine-iron in the local junior golf program. He also is an accomplished radio play-by-play announcer, having captured two Broadcast Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. At age 11, he appeared as a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, discussing the one-man sports newspaper he had started three years earlier. Unfortunately, he then picked the Buffalo Bills to win the upcoming Super Bowl, sending his journalistic credibility straight into the dumpster. Other random talents and skills include: Escaping from being tied to a toilet in a family magic show (at age 9), officiating a wedding in California (not at age 9), hosting a satirical college radio show that might have gotten 30 listeners on a good week primarily by shelling out over $4000 in prizes, cashing three times in the World Series of Poker, giving a graduation speech devoted entirely to NASCAR, and the always important ability to recite approximately twenty Dr. Seuss tongue twisters from memory. That last one is especially lucrative.
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Oh my Lord, was that ever a great decision. Whenever I am pissed off outside my house running from appointment to appointment I pull out my Kindle and read a few of the stories. I have literally started crying at some of the jokes.
One great quality of solid comedians is their ability to find the ridiculousness in the obvious and shine a light on it for all it's worth. The way Topher Goggin can turn a phrase with a hilariously astute observation of these ancient tales is howl-worthy. My wife has begun chiding me for my intense spasms of laughter while she's trying to watch TV.
The book is not without it's flaws. Topher's batting average is not perfect, but then again no comedy writer is. There are a few duds in the mix, but as someone who has tried to write comedy, I've noticed some jokes do better with certain audiences. Sometimes a sentence that sounds incredible in a theoretical sense just doesn't pan out, and you can't know that till you put out the work. So, perhaps some of these jokes just weren't for me, and alternatively, no comedian can connect 100% of the time.
For a debut though this is incredible. I can't wait to read more of Mr. Goggin's work. I just hope that he starts doing stand up as well, or he opens a dedicated Youtube channel!
I would call this a must read for any soon to be parent!
Be aware that the intended audience is definitely adult and older teens. This is NOT for young children. If you don't mind sexual innuendos and non-politically correct comments and you have a somewhat twisted sense of humor (like me), you will probably enjoy this.
Please note: I was provided this audiobook by the author, publisher and/or narrator at no cost in an exchange for a unbiased review courtesy of [...].
The stories ranged from mildly amusing to "Whatcha laughin' about, mummy?" from the Snuglet as I cackled on the couch. My favorite has to be the short little article on Rapunzel's first bikini wax, but Mr. Goggin has a couple winners in his re-tellings of Snow White and Bambi, as well as the short little "taken from the headlines" type brief bits scattered throughout the book. My favorite of those is the one about The Headless Horseman seeking a..uhm, well, I can't reprint that.
There are potshots that are mostly hilarious at everyone from Gyneth Paltrow to the Oakland Raiders.
I won't lie and say that every re-telling in the book was hilarious, or even funny (there were a couple stinkers), but I found myself at least smiling in amusement once or twice per page at a particular line if not at the overall story.
Side note: This book came at the perfect time for me today. Really needed a giggle, and Not Your Mother's Goose definitely delivered.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I am a sarcastic person so this was right up my alley (pun intended). There was just enough inappropriateness sprinkled here and there to keep it funny without being too crass.
The re-telling of each story is unique and creative. Even the "reviews" on the back of the book are hilarious.
This whole book is just what you need on a crap day to lighten the mood and laugh a little.
I love how this book pulls no punches. It hits on all kinds of characters from the real world to the world of pretend. You have O. J. Simpson, a dig on the Jehovah's Witness', Rachel Ray and even Abraham Lincoln is mentioned.
It's a lot like walking into the best comedy club ever.
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It made me laugh out loud and that is pretty hard to do.