SpReAd the Love Children’s Book Challenge: The Monster at the End of This Book

Many moons ago, I was a tow headed sprout among the ranks of the first generation of kids who grew up with the lovable, educational antics of Sesame Street. It was the best part if my morning when I was a very little girl. My mom broke the mold and went back to work when I was six months old, so I went to Mary’s house. Mary was a childhood friend of my mom’s. I remember a few things about those days. I remember being a bit afraid of Mary’s giant German Shepherd, and even more so of her grinch husband. I remember laying the foundation of a lifelong hatred of Cheerios. There are always some downsides to being placed in an “alien” environment I guess.

On the plus side though, I remember loving Mary fiercely. I loved her beautiful red hair, which my mom would style into a massive beehive updo that held for the week with the addition of a shellacking of hairspray. Most of all, daily dose of Cheerios choked down, I remember settling down in front of their “giant” TV (the actual screen was probably about the size of my computer monitor, but the console was huge) to watch Sesame Street.

Big Bird, Ernie and Bert, Kermit, Oscar the Grouch, and my personal fave…Grover. A furry little blue guy who was always well meaning, but often a bit neurotic and definitely a little spastic as he flew off the handle, skinny arms flailing over something or another. I thought Grover was hilarious, so I was delighted when my mom turned up at bedtime one night with this


My mom read the story of how Grover is frightened of monsters, and he how tries a variety of methods – tying pages together, nailing pages down, building a brick wall – to keep the reader from turning the pages and reaching the monster at the end.


All to no avail as the reader keeps turning pages despite Grover’s constructions and arm waving histrionics. I remember being a little leery the first time my mom read the book to me…why was Grover so afraid? Should we turn that last page?


As it turns out…


There was never anything to be scared of at all! I loved this story as a child, and I loved reading it to my own kids, their laughter at Grover’s antics was infectious. I was talking about donating this book with my mom and MiniMe the other day. My mom remembered it fondly…ours was a battle scarred Little Golden Books version. I asked MiniMe if she remembered it and she said, “Yes, and I read it to a little girl in the church nursery last week.”

Four generations of Grover love is a beautiful thing!

“Sunny day…sweepin’ the clouds away” : Richard Armitage and The Muppets

If you were dropping by solely for some degree of erudition or classical scholarship…move on my friend.   Today, I’m channeling the four year old me and thinking about the Muppets.  If you haven’t seen the adorable video  of Tom Hiddleston schooling Cookie Monster on the value of patience, here it is..

I watched this yesterday and it reminded me of how much I’ve always loved the Muppets.  I grew up on Sesame Street, and my family also loved The Muppet Show.   It also gave me a clear idea of the mass appeal of Tom Hiddleston and inspired me to ponder how Richard Armitage and his chaRActers might interact with the Muppet crew.  So, without further ado, I give you my Muppet Meanderings… (all Muppet images sourced from muppetwikia.com and all Richard Armitage images from richardarmitagenet.com – crops are mine)

Some chaRActer possibilites…

Porter and Piggy compare techniques for power kicking...

Porter and Piggy compare techniques for power kicking…

Thorin and Frazzle teach us that even scary looking things have a soft side.

Thorin and Frazzle teach us that even scary looking things have a soft side.

John Standring and Murray match up lambing skills

John Standring and Murray match up lambing skills

Guy and Oscar have a "scowl off"

Guy and Oscar have a “scowl off”

Spy Games - Lucas and Kermit..International ?? of Mystery

Spy Games – Lucas and Kermit..International ?? of Mystery

What might happen if Richard Armitage dropped by Sesame Street as Richard Armitage?

Richard and Big Bird chat about being tall
Richard teaches Zoe to tango..."Shall we dance?"

Richard teaches Zoe to tango…”Shall we dance?”
Photo by Robert Ascroft

This is really just the tip of the iceberg, but I have to get at least some work done today!  What muppet favorites do you have?  (feel free to share links and pix in comments)  We already know Richard is a little partial to Kermit 🙂

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