If someday someone writes a parody of your book, then you know that your book has power, staying power. It’s so well-known and so popular, that another author has decided to “borrow” and capitalize on your recognizable style, story, or theme to generate interest in his or her own book.
There are many, many parodies of beloved and classic children’s books. Most are NOT for children. Often they poke fun at popular culture, mainstream America, or some social issue that’s dominating the media. Sometimes they’re just for fun. Sometimes they’re a bit risqué. Sometimes they’re a tad offensive. And usually, they are not authorized.
Pop Quiz: Which of the following are for children?
Answer: With the exception of Goodnight Goon, which is a “monstrously” clever picture book crawling with creepy creatures, none of the above are for children.
The 1947 classic, Goodnight Moon, is probably one of the most parodied picture books. Here are a few more “Goodnight” books: Goodnight Putter, Goodnight Keith Moon, and Goodnight Husband Goodnight Wife.
Other popular children’s picture books that have been parodied include Curious George, The Runaway Bunny, The Giving Tree, Pat the Bunny, and Where the Wild Things Are. Here’s just a sampling:
Whether you love them or hate them, parodies are proof-Picture Books Have Power!
4 thoughts on “Parodies: The Power of Picture Books”
Lauri, Fun post! I love Goodnight Goon, as did my son when he was younger. We read it so many times I think some of the pages are missing.
Thanks, Robin! I’m glad that at least a few parodies are written for children, such as Goodnight Goon. It’s interesting just how many are meant for adults alone.
Hahaha, I could ONLY hope. Goodnight Goon is brilliant, btw. 🙂 Power to the picture books! YEAH!
Hi, Robyn, thanks for commenting! What’s that saying? “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” So I suppose those who get parodied should be flattered, right, even if the parody is a tad “strange”. Oh, and never say ‘never’! It could happen to you someday. 🙂