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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Suggestions for How and Why Wonder Books



(Author's note: due to the negative reaction to my last posting, I will cease and desist all references to the Star Wars franchise for the foreseeable future, or at least until the next sequel is released. At that time, I may be compelled to write a review for a medium I love. In the meantime, I will attempt to entertain my blog readership with less controversial topics like politics and religion.)

In the 60s and 70s, American publisher Grosset & Dunlap published a series of paperback books for young readers which focused on science subjects.  The books were formatted as if a young reader asked a question (i.e., "Why do we see different colors when light refracts?” or “How do radio waves move through the air? or “Why is Donald Trump such a schmuck?”). Each question was followed by a paragraph or two answering the question between painted or drawn illustrations of the subject matter.  There were a few volumes related to history (Civil War, World War II), but by and large the subjects were science related.

Long out of the print, the How and Why Wonder books are now collector’s items on Ebay. On the off chance that the series is revived in the future, I humbly submit my suggestions for subject matter:

The How and Why Wonder Book of Star Wars (Author's Note: Okay, obviously I lied in the previous Author's Note.)

The How and Why Wonder Book of Abba (I know: cheap shot.)

The How and Why Wonder Book of Controlled Substances and Illicit Narcotics

The How and Why Wonder Book of Lobbyists, Super PACs, and Political Influence

The How and Why Wonder Book of Organized Religion and Ethnocentricity

The How and Why Wonder Book of The Duggars (On second thought, who cares?)

The How and Why Wonder Book of Stonewall

The How and Why Wonder Book of Belly Button Lint

The How and Why Wonder Book of Getting It On and Is There Enough of It

I may continue this in the future and am open to other suggestions.  Please keep in mind the suggestion that I not write about a certain film franchise has already been made.

(Thank you for reading. Oh the hell with it: Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars!)

6 Comments:

Anonymous Janey said...

Better, RTG, a little bit bitter and snarky (forgivable), but better. Now that you know that your audience is unreceptive to Star Wars entries, it is our hope -- indeed our expectation -- that such references be kept to an absolute minimum. Truly.

Thank you for mentioning the third volume on your list, for which I am the author. Look for your name in the index.

February 16, 2016 at 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The How and Why Book of Warrior Queen Doesn't Like Mondays and wants to Shoo-oooo-oooot The Whole Day Down". (forward written by Boomtown Rats)

~ Freckles

February 17, 2016 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

You have my permission to discourse at length on ABBA no matter what ANYONE (hint, hint) says. In fact (as the actress said), the longer the better!

February 17, 2016 at 2:43 AM  
Blogger anne marie in philly said...

@freckles - bwhahahahaha! ;-)

warrior queen suggests the following titles:

"The How and Why Book of Why Certain Men Are Total Douchebags"

"The How and Why Book of Female Anatomy (with illustrations)"

"The How and Why Book of Disco Music"

"The How and Why Book of Dysfunctional Families"

"The How and Why Book of Rugrats and Why They Should Not Exist"

February 17, 2016 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

The How and Why Wonder Book of Getting It On and Is There Enough of It. I can see why this is a collector's item.

February 17, 2016 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Hi Janey, I thought you would like that one. I might have known that you would grab authorship credit.

Wow, Freckles, you do know Warrior Queen! This is scary.

Thank you Raybeard. I shall mention ABBA every chance I get.

Nice suggestions, Warrior Queen.

Thank you, Spo. Yes, this is a very rare volume indeed.

February 19, 2016 at 7:07 PM  

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