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January 5, 2016

Walker started it, with his sidesplittingly funny first sentences for the children’s books category in Lie-brary. This past vacation he decided that first sentences weren’t enough, and so he began a form of parody we decided to call “textbombing” for entire children’s books. The first one was a Scooby Doo level two reader in which he turned the chase scenes into exercise pictures for Scooby and the gang, with the “monster” their physical trainer.

Eleanor and her friend Danielle continued the fun, taking one of Walker’s beloved Bug’s Life books, Cake Mountain, and turning it into a story about Satanic ritual.

Then Walker and I collaborated on a level one reader about Ant Man, turning it into a story about a man who has anger issues and hates robots.

The last textbombed book of the holiday season was a Thomas the Tank Engine level one reader that I turned into a story about how scary Thomas is. Since the parody is mine, I can share it with you.





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Isn’t this a great new art form? For the next few birthdays and special occasions, I think my family members will be creating thoughtful, home-made gifts for each other.

Did you have time to try out new hobbies during the holiday season?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2016 11:02 am

    A thoughtful and creative new hobby, oh yes!

    • January 5, 2016 11:10 am

      The first time Walker did this, I think he was only 12-13 years old, and he wrote an opening sentence for a Magic Tree House book that had Jack and Annie smoking cigarettes and cursing, and we were all laughing so hard we were gasping for breath by the time he finished reading it.

  2. January 5, 2016 12:30 pm

    I laughed out loud at your Thomas creation! We still read a Thomas book every now and then at my house with my four year old. Funnily enough, he was afraid of the Thomas cartoon show when he first started watching TV! He never became obsessed with it like many other boys do.

    • January 6, 2016 11:29 am

      Both my kids loved the Brio and Thomas trains, and we have a big set, including an engine with a battery that we sometimes set up to go around our Christmas tree (not this year, with a new cat in the house). It makes it funnier, to have read lots of Thomas books and then to make him so unlike himself. Also, the early readers have such stilted text you really don’t feel a bit bad covering it up.

  3. January 5, 2016 1:09 pm

    Brilliant 😀

    • January 6, 2016 11:31 am

      yes, Walker’s brilliant idea, and fun to carry out.

  4. January 5, 2016 10:00 pm

    Ahahaha, this is wonderful. My mum will love it — as a child, she and her brother were prone to drawing in bits in their picture books to make them ridiculous. Y’all have produced a marvelous finished product. Actually rather chilling, I must say? In bits?

    Also are you familiar with this?

    • January 6, 2016 11:32 am

      I’m so glad you thought it was chilling, in bits…I was thinking of that trailer that makes Jack Nicholson in The Shining seem like a concerned father. Only, you know, in reverse.
      I had not seen the silly mccalls tumblr; thanks!

      • January 7, 2016 3:13 pm

        My brother and l did indeed provide new text (and adjunct drawings) for our Little Golden Books, and l regret to say that scatological humor predominated. The two of us were in a used book store when we were in our mid-forties, and Jim found a copy of one of the books he had doctored. He remembered the text and began to read it aloud to me and the two of us ended up on our knees with our eyes streaming, we were laughing so hard. I support this hobby so hard!

        • January 7, 2016 3:56 pm

          Hmm. Perhaps I know what to bring you as a hospitality gift next time I invite myself over…but a finished product, or the raw materials to create one?

  5. January 6, 2016 7:52 am

    Hahahahaha. Well done 😀

  6. January 6, 2016 11:58 am

    Best Thomas story ever!

  7. January 10, 2016 5:34 pm


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