The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life.
"The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2012 Stephen Colbert (P)2012 Hachette
"The sad thing is, I like it." (Maurice Sendak)
This is the least professional audiobook i've ever listened to. It's also the funniest. I might have been inspired if I wasn't choking on my laughter.
For a fraction of the price of the hardcover or e-book version, I got the audiobook, some comic banter between Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert, and a PDF file with all the illustrations (slightly out of sequence, but not a big deal). It's a lovely story, with rhymes and puns to boot, and the illustrations are just as charming (is that Maurice Sendak saluting the flag at the end?) Since all the proceeds go to charity, I am tempted to buy the e-book version; $1.83 seems too modest a contribution to such a great cause. Well done, Colberty!
Science writer in America's heartland
The story is funny and cute, and I knew that the money I paid was going to a good cause (America's veterans).
This book was a life changer. I need to sit down now and really think about the kind of pole I want to be.
Don't forget to download the PDF with the illustration
Tom Hanks is wonderful. The PDF is a nice inclusion for an audiobook. The story is VERY short...really just six minutes. But it's sweet and the profits are for charity.
Sure. It is only 8 minutes, chock full of puns, and entertaining banter between Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks at the start.
Don't forget to download the PDF for the illustrations.
THis is not a kids book, even though it is listed as such. I played it for my 4th grade classroom and the guy who is a pole tried being " a strippers pole, but couldn't stand the grind"
I saw Stephen Colbert talking about this on his show, and even saw the interview with Maurice Sendak. The book was so short, I thought why not get it. It is very funny, and amazingly, a pretty well written book. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT acutally a children's book, and unless you want to explain some of the inuenndo, I wouldn't let kids listen to it. The introduction and interruptions by Stephen Colbert let you know from the start what sort of book you're listening to.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
So sad that Maurice Sendak is no longer with us. This book, however, coming out almost literally on the day he died, stands as something of a tribute to his wit and style - and that of Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks.
I don't want to make a review longer than the book (!), but, shucks, who wouldn't like this??
If you want to teach kids something worthwhile, you leave the stripper out of it. Was hoping to share it with my kids, but now I won't.
leave out the stripper, and it's good clean fun.
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