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Sipping Spiders Through A Straw by Kelly DiPucchio
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Oct 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, picture-books, poetry
Read in June, 2008

I must admit that when I picked up this clever book, all I could hear in my mind was the 1980 Squeeze song "Pulling Mussels From the Shell." That would be one messed-up book: 80's pop songs reworded for Halloween. But sort of appropriate. Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs always looked kind of undead to begin with.

But the book. It's cute! Kids who love monsters will love it! Kids who love messing with song lyrics (and what kid doesn't, I ask you? Can anyone think of "Kawasaki lets the good times roll" without also hearing the filthy version too?) will love it. Fans of grody illustration will love it, and that includes all those grown boys who read the really gross graphic novels.

Dads who cannot keep themselves from singing in the car (that's you, baby, and also that's John The Boss, who laughed out loud when he read this book) will be pre-empted by their children whenever they start in with "Skinnamarink" (which we already have our own filthy version of) or "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". Ha ha ha ha! We're driving 2600 miles in the next 3 weeks! I'm a little hysterical already!

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