The hilarious new kids’ book, Get the F**k to Sleep, has been getting a lot of press lately. And why not? It’s funny, its theme is universal, and it even scans. Some people might think the book is inappropriate, but they also likely believe it’s meant for children.
While on the subject of things that are inappropriate, my husband and I play this slightly twisted game with kids’ books. We’ve based it on one of the segments from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, entitled “If you know what I mean.”
If you don’t know what I mean, watch this clip. Even if you do know, watch this clip. It’s hilarious.
So basically, “If you know what I mean” predates its younger, slightly more modern cousin, “That’s what she said.”
Back to my husband and me. One evening a couple of years ago, we were putting away picture books that our twins had frisbeed around our living room. One of us opened a book to a random page, read a line, and followed it with if you know what I mean.
To illustrate this, moments ago I opened Doreen Cronin’s hilarious book, Giggle, Giggle, Quack to a random page. Here’s what it says, with the Whose Line Is It Anyway? addition:
“Bob had all the pigs washed in no time” (if you know what I mean).
Try to imagine two exhausted parents, sitting on their living room floor surrounded by dozens of kids’ books, reading to each other on a Saturday night and killing themselves laughing.
If opening a picture books seems like too much work, just read the title and add the Whose Line Is It Anyway? twist. Try these on for size.
- There’s a Wocket in my Pocket (if you know what I mean)
- Hop on Pop (if you know what I mean)
- Pat the Bunny (if you know what I mean)
- Sharks, and Other Creatures of the Deep (if you know what I mean)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (if you know what I mean)
Now it’s your turn to play:
What titles of kids’ books are transformed with the addition of if you know what I mean?