Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review: Not Your Mother's Goose

Not Your Mother's Goose proves that fairy tales and nursery rhymes aren't just for kids anymore. Envision it as the Cliffs Notes of children's stories — if Cliffs Notes was overtaken by Dave Barry or the folks at The Onion. Not Your Mother's Goose is a series of totally irreverent, mega-sarcastic fairy tale recaps, along with a host of hilarious fake news stories and headlines ranging from Rapunzel getting a bikini wax to Old MacDonald bombing on Wheel of Fortune after only buying vowels. Mix in illustrations reminiscent of Gary Larson's classic Far Side cartoons, and you're left with a madcap read that will leave you laughing all the way from Rumpelstiltskin's Twitter feed to Humpty Dumpty's Facebook page (where Jack is still trying to grow a beanstalk—in FarmVille).
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Topher Goggin's Not Your Mother's Goose (CRD Press, 2015) takes the fairy tales we all grew up with and gives them an "adult" spin.  While Goggin does some pretty funny retellings and fake headlines, my favorite bits are when he points out the absurd.  Why didn't someone tell Sleeping Beauty to stay away from spinning wheels on her sixteenth birthday?  What's up with these charming princes roaming about and kissing unconscious women?  Goggin asks the questions and gets big laughs in the process.  If you like satire with a bit of juvenile humor thrown in, Not Your Mother's Goose is a pretty good read.

I received a complimentary copy of Not Your Mother's Goose to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.