Fuse #8

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Defending the Monster At the End of This Book

We all have our different Sesame Street obsessions. Mine involves Bert's purple hand. Yours might be that random episode involving Bert and Luis building a subway tunnel. And in the case of Adrienne it's that classic piece of literature The Monster At the End of This Book. Her take is persuasive. Then proceed to Progressive Boink for further Sesame Street memory-joggers.

9 Comments:

At 6:46 PM , Anonymous Jill said...

Monster...Book = postmodernism for preschoolers. How can you beat that? ;)

(I had trouble following Adrienne's link, though)

 
At 7:13 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

It's at the bottom under "Follow This Here Link". I recently checked out "Go, Dog, Go", since both Jon Scieszka and (more recently) Lynn Rae Perkins have sited it as po-mo preschooler fare.

 
At 8:45 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

OMG, OMG--I remember the purple hand. Do you remember this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWMAYFNIAco&search=sesame%20street%20

 
At 9:39 PM , Anonymous Jill said...

Right - thanks - I think this weather is getting to me. :P

 
At 10:14 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Woah.
Seriously, woah.

That Daddy, Dear You Tube video is seriously mucking with my brain. I remember it very clearly, now that I've seen it again. They just don't HAVE that sort of thing on television anymore, do they?

 
At 11:29 AM , Blogger Gregory K. said...

What's that new picture book out right now that's basically Monster at the End of this Book redux? Don't Open this Book? Hmmm. I am unable to access amazon or google on the wireless network I'm on. Why? Cluesless. Anyway, the new book is THE SAME. Drives me bonkers.

As for Go, Dog, Go... perhaps it's time for my Oddaptation of same.

 
At 11:34 AM , Blogger MotherReader said...

I saw that "Don't Open This Book," and it pissed me off. How DARE they walk on Grover's territory! And, it is not as well done. So there.

 
At 2:47 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

I *loved* that Daddy Dear bit when I was a kid. I remember really puzzling about why the flowers had big feet. I also remember wondering why Bert was so freaked out about his purple hand, although my little brain wasn't using the term "freaked out" at the time, I'm sure.

My *real* favorite is the exit song ("It's the way, way out, way out"):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A4Lg0vIBGM&search=sesame%20street%20exit

In response to my article about The Monster at the End of this Book, a friend introduced me to the fun that is Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum. It's hard not to wonder what kind of substance use was involved in the creation of these things. It was, after all, the 70's.

 
At 11:49 PM , Blogger web said...

It needed defense?

 

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