How to Be a Grouch– Book and Record
Oscar the Grouch (Caroll E. Spinney) ~ Sesame Street Records, 1981
Not to mention the books piling up in my to-post pile.
Not to mention the fact that it’s bloody hysterical. Case in point…
Ah yes, in 24 fun-filled pages, Mr. Spinney gives us the skinny on all the crummy things you can do to get down with the garbage can gang. In addition, you discover all sorts of insights into the life of one, Oscar the Grouch; meet his family (I always liked Smiling George in the smiley face trash can), find out what makes him grouchy (birds that sing), where he likes to go on vacation (Mudville Flats), and what he likes to eat (cold turkey gravy on corn flakes). Every second of this book is awesome.
Originally published in 1976 as a Whitman Tell-a-Tale book, it was also adapted into an onscreen short that will be released as part of the upcoming Old School: Vol 3 DVD set. Every page is full of crummy advice and situations: «Going to a Grouch Movie – First, you wait in a very slow ticket line, then a grouchy usher yells at you to get your feet off the seat. The best part comes when the movie machine breaks down!» It’s so great to hear Oscar’s voice spitting out all his rotten routines. Possible the most awesome sauce part comes with Oscar’s last piece of advice.
Gotta love the Spinney…