Come With Me Again (Yes, Again) Down the Picture Book Parody Rabbit Hole
I enjoy a good parody. I also enjoy a bad parody. I especially enjoy picture book parodies. As you can see here:
I recently did a picture book parody deep dive on Amazon, and here’s what I found.
*NOTE* You might find some of these books inappropriate. Don’t blame me, I’m just showing them.
Let’s have a look . . .
Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best
It’s like Frog and Toad, but with more doomscrolling.
The Very Tired and Hungry Pandemic Mommy
I’m definitely seeing an uptick in pandemic related picture book parody, including this one. Eric Carle’s classic is one of the most parodied books.
A popular picture book parody formula is taking a well known book and shoehorning in something else in the pop culture zeitgeist. The current renaissance of The Office is the fodder for this one.
The Day the Mommies Quit
The parenting struggle is real, as this parody of The Day the Crayons Quit attempts to show.
Search for Spock: A Star Trek Book of Exploration
Ahh – I see what you did there.
Fun with Kirk and Spock
A scifi spin on Fun with Dick and Jane. Thus concludes the Star Trek section of this post.
If You Give a Millenial (sic) a Mimosa
I learned a few weeks back that I qualify as a “geriatric millennial“. So I don’t know if I should be offended or delighted by this spoof of the “If You Give a . . .” books. Also, should I be worried that “millennial” is misspelled on the cover, or is that part of the charm?
The Wedding Registry Alphabet Book: A Book with No Pictures That Will Inevitably Disappoint You
Yeah! It’s about time someone made fun of . . . people who buy you gifts that . . . you picked out.
Oh, Sh*t Just Got Real!
A *AHEM* different take on the perennial grad gift. Time will tell if this book with suffer the same litigious fate as another Places You’ll Go spoof.
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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