24 March 2009
The Story of the Little Mole Who Went In Search of Whodunnit
Authors: Werner Holzarth and Wolf Ehrlbruch
The children's book industry has always niche for books dealing with bodily functions, but if you want some mystery and intrigue mixed in with your scatalogical humor, Holzarth and Ehrlbruch have the book for you.
The story is simple: a mole emerges from his slumber and gets shat on (talk about a case of the mondays). The indignant mole goes on an (understandably) indignant rampage interrogating every being he comes across in an attempt to find the culprit. The entire time, he still has the poop on his head, which makes him look kind of like a character from Grease.
During each interrogation, he asks if the poops belongs to them and each character proves their innocence by (enthusiastically) providing proof by showing their own (much different looking) poop as evidence. And believe you me, the evidence is overwhelming. Not even the crew from CSI could find fault with these steaming samples of innocence.
(Note: The book was rereleased as The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business: The Plop Up Edition! that allows the children to join in on the fun... one can only hope that the book stirs your child's respect for scientific inquiry and does not result in a general fondness for playing with poop.)
This story teaches a lesson that is particularly valuable during these harsh times. It seems like every morning we wake up to some new piece of crappy news. The mole provides us with new model of heroism by teaching us not to take this shit sitting down. When the world gives you crap, you find out whodunnit and demand retribution.
Spolier Alert: In an unexpected plot twist, it turns out that the culprit was... Bob Dylan. The Malibu Police Department has joined the Mole in his quest for justice.
Musical Note: I think I might have just found the perfect soundtrack for The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business: The Movie. (In High Definition 3D of course.)
So take a second to imagine... the mole wakes up, gets shat on and takes off to the tune of Mississippi John Hurt singing "Nobody's Dirty Business". Can you say Instant Classic?
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Every time I see this book, I think "Seriously!?" People were all bent out of shape about it -- it's so disgusting -- yet so hilarious -- meanwhile, to little kids it's probably just a book...
dumfoundedment? that's not a word, but yes.
disgust? that's a bit much.
unless they got the special edition that came with a custom packet of chocolate pudding, in which case i might understand...
As I looked at the cover and read through the plot, I thought, "Surely this is a part of the Children's Books That Never Were series and Minh has been holding out on me. Surely!"
Then again, I'm still reeling from My Beautiful Mommy.
I've been tempted to write a post about My Beautiful Mommy, but it seems like there is nothing left to say... when the jokes are so obvious, people like us become obsolete! (Maybe that was part of their brilliant plan...)
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