Let’s turn “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” into “If You Give Your Spouse Some Nookie.” I think books should grow with us as we age. I don’t want to keep packing up my beloved classic children’s literature into cardboard boxes to be rummaged through by sticky hands at garage sales for a quarter. Any writer expecting to have their children’s book become a Classic AND sustain a permanent place on our bookshelves needs to offer an intriguing 2nd Half-Of-Life version. We are no longer wearing footie pajamas and reading in our bean-bag chairs. Now we’re donning housecoats (what IS that type of apparel for, anyhow?) and reclining in our Barcalounger chairs.
In that spirit, here are some new “Grown-Up” Title modifications and a few of my recommendation notes to the Author.
Goodnight Prune (Good Night Moon)
Are You My Udder? (Are You My Mother?) This one should be carefully illustrated so as not to offend certain body types.
Withering Nights (Wuthering Heights)
Les Menopausals – Hey Vic – – You were so close with the whining women, the depressing outlook, and the frumpy dresses.…just kill off that pretty little Cozette.
Are You There Bod? It’s Me, Menopause (Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret) – – Self-explanatory content but I suggest the Dust Jacket have a fun-house mirror on it.
Poky Little Progesterone (Poky Little Puppy) – – Hurry back home, sex drive!
Mopey Chick (Moby Dick) – – On Depression
The Legend of Weepy Wallow – – On Grief and Sadness
Scratch Her In The Eye! (Catcher In the Rye) – – Yup. When the Depression Fades, There’s Rage!
STILL MORE SELF-HELP SECTION! (And we need it…Oy!)
Shred Bag to Discourage (Red Badge of Courage) New Tips For old Shopaholics
Calm Lawyer (Tom Sawyer) A list of Divorce Attorneys who don’t yell.
Struck Thin (Huck Finn) The latest “Lose 10 pounds overnight” diet book.
All of Her Lists (Oliver Twist) Household Organization book
All of Her Cysts (Oliver Twist) Medical Diagnostic Manual
Kvetcher and the Rye – – An older Jewish woman visits a Deli
The Middle Spouse I’ll Remarry Series (The Little House on the Prairie Series) – – Includes Titles: The Middle Spouse on the Contrary, Middle Spouse is Scary & Middle Spouse is on Dairy – – about a Lactose Intolerant Hubby who falls off the wagon with ice-cream.
Games the Defiant Teach (James and the Giant Peach) – – Spy/Espionage novel about rebellious grown children who give aging parents wrong directions on how to play Words With Friends and Candy Crush.
Sale of Two Pretties (Tale of Two Cities) – – A couple of well-preserved, middle aged women become Call Girls
Pat The Money! (Pat The Bunny) – -Latest Wall Street Thriller…comes with a velveteen dollar bill.
Nancy Drew a Most Wanted Photo, to Help Police Find Her Deadbeat Ex-Husband – Enough said? Mystery solved!
Bi-Curious Georgia Series – – Includes Titles: Injurious Georgia, Spurious Georgia and Luxurious Georgia (after the divorce settlement)
Court or Oy! (Corduroy) Yes, Lots of lawsuit books coming out.
Ramona the Best Chest is Never A Pest!
Henry Huggins & Henrietta Kissings – A match made in Beverly Cleary heaven.
Wilma Wantsa (Dark) Chocolate (Satis)factory (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
PURELY ADULT SECTION
(For those of us who haven’t thrown in the sheets just yet.)
Where the Wild Flings Are! (Where? Where??)
Charlotte’s Web of Sexual Deceit!
Pat the (Playboy) Bunny!
Rebecca Of Little Blackbook Charm
The Sketcher and the Thigh (That J.D. Salinger, gosh he sure is prolific!) – – Here I’m envisioning a coffee table artistic book of classy nudes.
Hop On Cop – – Dr. Seuss meets strippers in uniform!
Lean Legs & Gam (Green Eggs & Ham) – – yeah, I could have gone for an exercise book here, but Fetish seems more fun.
Challenge: In a comment below, Think of your own fave child/teen book and try to “Adultersize” a new title. Or leave one for me (to try!) to do.