"I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)" (Grand Central: $15.99),
While discussing the current state of children's books, Colbert asked Sendak what makes a successful celebrity children's book. "You've started already by being an idiot," replied Sendak. The author of
The story follows the tall, resolute, steely protagonist on a quest of self-discovery to find his purpose in life. Just what type of pole is he destined to be? Along the way he experiments with the usual (telephone pole, ski pole), the unusual (Gallup pole, poleax) and risqué (stripper pole). But like Goldilocks, initially nothing seemed to fit just right.
It seems that there's no place for me.
Forget I ever spoke.
I guess I'm just a punch line,
to some awful pole-ish joke.
Although it fits into the category of not-for-kids picture books such as "Go the F— to Sleep," one 8-year-old boy accidentally got his hands on a copy. He thought it was really good. When asked if he liked it because there's a talking pole that wants to be a flagpole, he replied, "No, mom. It's because he becomes an American flagpole!"
Turns out, "I am a Pole" is a patriotic story. Just in time for the Fourth of July.