We are smack dab in the middle of National Children’s Book Week…
What is your favorite?
My fav is The Poky Little Puppy, a children’s classic from Little Golden Books. And I’m not the only one who liked it. In 2001, it was the all-time best-selling hardcover children’s book in the United States, having sold nearly 15 million copies.
Of course, I didn’t know that back then.
I liked Poky because of his funny name and cute — if rather ginormous — head. I also liked his independence. In the story, he lags behind his brothers and sisters and ‘does his own thang.’ Sometimes it works to his advantage; other times it gets him into trouble.
Wow. Just call me Poky.
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I had an early appointment downtown this morning. As I made my way from the subway station to the studio, the wind was blowing so hard, I was almost lifted off my feet. I thought…
“What a blustery day.”
I can thank Winnie the Pooh for that.
We all write for different reasons. Some to make a living. Some just hoping to entertain. And then there are the truly gifted who entertain and teach us something about ourselves. And their words live for generations.
A.A. Milne defines that category.
So, all you mothers out there who are reading Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day to your kids — imagine a day like today, decades later (no need to say how many, I hope) when your son or daughter will stand on a windy street corner and effortlessly recall these words.
Gopher: If I was you, I’d think about skedaddlin’ out of here.
Winnie the Pooh: Why?
Gopher: ‘Cause it’s “Winds-day.”
– Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
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If the insect world has a ‘hot list,’ bed bugs are at the top. They are the most talked about, Googled, and feared of the creepie crawlies.
(They’re like Lindsay Lohan…but with better spin control.)
So I was surprised to discover how under-utilized bed bugs have been in movies, television and books. Did we just realize how gross and scary these mattress mites are?
I can only find one movie featuring the critters on imdb.com — aptly titled “Bed Bugs” — and it’s a 17-minute short produced in 2006, years before the recent hysteria, seemingly fueled by a combination of increased international travel and — shall we say — inconsistent hygiene.
But now that people are totally spooked — ripping back the sheets at the finest hotels and even checking theater seats for ‘lint that moves’ — I think it’s time to step up the infiltration of bed bugs in pop culture as well.
We need bed bugs as…
- spokes critters on Hallmark greeting cards
- cartoon villains on Saturday morning TV
- main characters in children’s books
- monsters in horror films — perhaps the next “Saw” movie?
- or even as sidekicks for Ryan Seacrest. (Hey — “American Idol” can’t get much worse, right?)
The possibilities are endless! Everyone in the creative community can do their part.
(If only Lindsay’s career had as many avenues for success…)
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