I Am a Pole by Stephen Colbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stephen Colbert cracks me up!
I bought copies of this book for my husband and my brother, thinking it would be more like Colbert's previous book I Am America (and so can you!). I didn't realize it was written as a picture book. While the cadence of the language lends itself to reading the book aloud, I don't think I'll be reading it to any preschoolers any time soon, though, thanks to the (really funny) page about the pole dancer. However, my mother, my husband, my eleven-year-old stepson, and I all laughed out loud while reading it to ourselves, which I see as a great sign of widespread appeal.
The story is of a pole trying to find its calling in life. It tries out many careers before settling on the patriotic one of displaying the American flag.
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