Thursday, December 10, 2009

Where the Mild Things Are: A Very Meek Parody

Where the Mild Things Are: A Very Meek Parody
by Maurice Send-up
ill. by Bonnie Leick
picture book
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009

Mog is a young monster who gets mad at his parents. He jumps in his car, a 1974 AMC Gremlin, and drives cross-country to visit the most boring places he can find. He decides to settle in Dullsville with "some very mild creatures". These creatures are Martha Stewart, Jay Leno, Bill Gates and Al Gore, though they are never actually named. They do such exciting things as prepare taxes, discuss binary numbers, fold socks, and change lightbulbs. Eventually Mog decides he would rather be a monster among monsters and he returns to his parents and they all live happily ever after (except the kitten).

There, I have told you the whole story so you have no need to waste your time picking up this book. I understand it is meant as a parody. Parodies should be somewhat humorous, this one is not. It is a picture book so should appeal to children, at least a little bit, it doesn't. Most kids will not get the humor and won't even know who they "mild creatures" really are. The illustrations were kind of cute, but overall a very pointless book. It seems obvious that it was published at this time to reap some fringe benefits from the movie coming out.

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