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Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 09/29/08
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss was published a year before I was born. I probably had it read to me but beyond the funny dog eared Marvin and the pointing fingers on the cover, that's all I remember from those early years. I'm now reading it to my children.
Like Cat in the Hat, Marvin K. Mooney... uses a limited vocabulary and a rhyming scheme to be easy but fun to read. The book is full of intense emotion and lots of shouting which lends itself to overly theatrical performances when read out loud. The escalating demands put on Marvin to leave reminds me of The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems (or almost any of his his pigeon books).
Marvin K. Mooney... was written in the same year that the Watergate scandal broke. Although the book wasn't written about Nixon, it did lend itself perfectly to the situation. Heck, now it could be re-titled George W. Bush Will Please Go Now! just as easily. The Washington Post has the rewritten version on line and it's worth a read.
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