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I am a Pole (And So Can You!)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,911 Ratings  ·  417 Reviews
"The sad thing is, I like it" - Maurice Sendak

"The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation.
Also Father's Day.
Also, other times."

- Stephen Colbert
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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May 25, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
I read this book in a bookstore yesterday, never intending to read it, but my son's girlfriend picked it up and started reading it out loud. Before I knew it, we were both reading it out loud and laughing. In fact, we laughed at every page, at the witty wording, at the concept of the pole searching for its purpose, at the just plain fun silliness, and at the well done illustrations. It was in short, and it is a very short book, a delightful surprise shared with one of my favorite people in one o ...more
May 25, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous-fiction
Take a look at the cover.
There is a silver "Caldecott Eligible Book" medallion featuring soaring eagles and Colbert riding a flying pig, a quote by Maurice Sendak, and a drawing of what appears to be a happy tapeworm. If any of this makes you smile, you should probably enjoy the rest of the book.

Open the cover and you'll find a sweet story about a pole's journey of self discovery. This pole is no lazy layabout; he is looking for a job, and most of the book is taken up with his attempts at variou
Jubilation Lee
I am so disappointed, friends.


I'd been looking forward to I am a Pole since Colbert's Epic Beyond All Epic interview with the (deceased as of today noooo my childhood) Maurice Sendak.

Which was absolutely amazing.

But, um. I didn't... I didn't laugh at all.

I mean, I laughed at the idea of it. But that was before the physical copy was in my hand. Then there was no laughing. There was some eye rolling. And a little bit of desperate page flipping. And a stripper, which was fun. But no laughin
May 09, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Stephen Colbert fans, humorists
Recommended to John by: Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert's gem is a tribute to Maurice Sendak...

Simply put, Stephen Colbert's I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) is the funniest under 10-minute read that I've thumbed through and then read this year... and maybe last year as well!

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'
May 19, 2012 Everitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comedy
Kitsch at its best.

Ok, this book is really really short. Not even twenty pages. There are maybe eighty words total. "I am a Pole (And So Can You!)" is a mock children's book. It has the familiar two or three rhymed sentences per page juxtaposed with a colorful image drawn sans two and three point perspective.

This is the story of a pole looking for his place in the world. He tries out all kinds of different positions, from working as a lamp post, to a stripper pole but nothing is for him. Then
May 07, 2012 Karin rated it it was amazing
Not for children, but darn hilarious! You really have to see it to really understand.

Here is a link to an interview between Colbert and Maurice Sendak.
Part 1

Part 2

Go!!! Watch these and then go find the book.

Melissa E
Jul 04, 2012 Melissa E rated it did not like it
My boys and I noticed this book in the new arrivals section at the library. I figured it was not kid friendly because Colbert wrote it, but after flipping through the book it looked like a funny book about a pole who doesn't know who he is and later discovers he is a flag pole-- the best kind of pole.

What I WASN'T prepared for was a picture of a nearly naked g-string clad STRIPPER on a stripper pole halfway through the book. Seriously. 1 star might seem harsh, but any book that makes me have a
May 14, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
I think a lot of the one star reviews for this book are missing the point. If you're not a hardcore fan of the show, you will not "get it." Also, it's not supposed to be a children's book. So get over that quickly.

I thought it was a very well done spoof, but I'm only giving it four out of five stars because I didn't actually laugh out loud. I have higher hopes for Colbert's book coming out in October, America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't.
Jun 04, 2012 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Ok, the illustrations were terrible, but it was still hilarious. Please note that this book should be shelved along with "Go the F*** to Sleep" as a picture book for adults. I'm sure a bunch of bookstores are tossing this one in the kiddie section without thought--so be sure to listen closely for little voices asking, "Mommy, what's a stripper pole?"
Paul  Hankins
Funny. Poignant with the Sendak inserts to include a blurb on the front cover and an illustration in the back of the book. Stephen Colbert does what good satirists do--poke fun without being necessarily cruel. The overall message seems to be to present a celebrity book that aims to take itself a little too seriously.
Lisa Vegan
Jul 05, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathy
I guess this could be a good book for 4th of July, for adults, or maybe teens too. And I read it the day after 4th of July/the holiday weekend.

Somehow, this one just didn’t charm me as much as I’d expected. The most fun part of this book, for me, was the very, very, very short author’s bio on the inside back cover. That is funny, as are the other bios on the same spot. I also enjoyed the fun he poked at himself. Parts of the rhyme were funny. I didn’t particularly enjoy the illustrative style, b
Nick James
Jul 12, 2012 Nick James rated it it was amazing
Another funny book by the always hilarious Stephen Colbert, this time with a parody of childrens book.
Inspired by his interview with author Maurice Sendak, Colbert writes about a pole who is still looking for his true destiny of being an important pole. From an Olympic pole to a to a strippers pole, it seems hopeless until he finally, in the end, becomes a flag pole.
Haha, it's a very funny book, but I questioned if it was really a childrens book or just a parody of one. It has to be a parody bec
Philip Cherny
This faux-childrens' book is packed with hilarity that extends to even the front and back covers. My only contention is the illustration seems sub-par by most illustrated book standards. I find that the most effective satire accurately mocks every little aspect of the subject it attempts to subvert (Onion News Network are the undisputed masters, in my humble opinion.) As a big fan of both the Colbert Report and of well-illustrated childrens' books, I was hoping the Colbert-brand satire I enjoy w ...more
Isabelle Omelczuk
Mar 26, 2015 Isabelle Omelczuk rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: older folk
Recommended to Isabelle by: sister
Hilarious, and sort of moving. It is silly and has an easy plot line. I would not recommend this for children though due to some age inappropriate ideas.
Jun 22, 2015 Kerrikoala rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer15
Great break reading. I'm glad the pole found his calling. I wish I could.
Jun 24, 2015 Bibliofiendlm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, sr2015
May 09, 2012 Melissa rated it did not like it

How is this written by Stephen Colbert?!

It's not for children. So, it has to be funny, right?

But... it's not!

Yes it takes three minutes to read, so it's not like I invested a lot in it, but it's disappointing and I'm surprised that Stephen Colbert actually published it. It seems like the type of thing you might joke about but not actually go through with.

Sadly, the funniest part is the list of "other books about Pole." The idea of this book is funnier than the actual follow-through.
Jan 27, 2016 Bess rated it liked it
Humorous and enjoyable. I found it at the library today while browsing issues of the Best American Nonrequired Reading. It was nearby and larger than its neighbors, so I pulled it out and read it while sitting on the floor. The pole as narrator seeks his place, and finally finds it as a flagpole (tadpole, Gallup poll, and stripper pole didn't cut it). Near the end he says something along the lines of now you should pledge allegiance to me. He, remember, is not the flag, but the pole. I wonder if ...more
C.R. Richards
May 08, 2012 C.R. Richards rated it it was amazing
This took me about 5 minutes to read and is totally worth the $9 bucks I spent. Hysterical! I'm still laughing. If you aren't familiar with Stephen his show "The Colbert Report". In this spoof of a children's picture book, he gives a funny account of the Pole's search for the perfect job. Make sure to read the book cover to cover. If you don't, you may miss a joke.
harlequin {Stephanie}
Aug 15, 2013 harlequin {Stephanie} rated it did not like it
sorry, buddy, this is so very far from funny.

I thought maybe it was meant to be a children's story... that was before the bit about the stripper pole. it's just some company attempting to make money off a popular name & doing a terrible job at. what a waste.
Oct 15, 2014 Mira rated it it was ok
It really is a children's book. Complete with rhymed verses and everything. Yeah I don't really like that sort of books. I thought it was going to be different since it's Colbert's but guess not.
Sep 15, 2015 Rudi rated it liked it
This a short, but fun (parody of) picture book. It's about a pole finding his place in the world. Make no mistake: this is written by the character Stephen Colbert (of the Colbert Report), not the talkshow host Colbert (of the Late Show). Except for one sequence in it that might take some awkward explaining (it involves strippers), this book would probably be enjoyed by children. But it's primarly aimed at those who are forced to read these kinds of books to their kids, as it made obvious by all ...more
Jordan Lahn
Apr 19, 2013 Jordan Lahn rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible_library
Always hilarious from Stephen Colbert. it isn't a classic, but it's good for a quick read.

EDIT: Also enjoyed the audiobook. Maybe even more than the regular!
Nov 19, 2014 Wellington rated it really liked it

One of my wife's ex-students laughingly demanded that she read to our daughter more often. I read one small Winnie the Pooh book to my girl and now this.

Wife is a big Stephen Colbert fan. I'm a fan of him in small doses. I mean really small doses. Like twenty page is just about perfect.

My wife and I laughed a lot because it's incredibly stupid. Yes, there is a picture of a stripper. But don't worry about my daughter's innocence and call child protection services. My daughter not even born yet. S
ღ Carol jinx~☆~
Aug 16, 2012 ღ Carol jinx~☆~ rated it it was ok
It isn't a perfect gift for a kid because he threw in a pole-dancing stripper...What was he thinking?
Jun 29, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing
Not really a children's book since at one point the pole is a strip pole. But it was funny, clever and cute.
the golden witch.
I think the stripper pole was my favorite part. Along with Maurice Sendak's blurb, bless.
Sarah Johnson
May 22, 2012 Sarah Johnson rated it it was amazing
If it wern't for the stripper, I would totally read this at storytime.
Jill Kaplan
Sep 20, 2016 Jill Kaplan rated it liked it
God, this is freaking hilarious. Read this at LeakyCon.
Sarah Rosenberger
Sep 29, 2012 Sarah Rosenberger rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, picture-books
A silly but fun 5-minute diversion.
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