Not Your Mother’s Goose by Topher Goggin Review


Not Your Mother’s Goose proves that fairy tales and nursery rhymes aren’t just for kids anymore. Envision it as the Cliffs Notes of children’s stories — if Cliffs Notes was overtaken by Dave Barry or the folks at The Onion. Not Your Mother’s Goose is a series of totally irreverent, mega-sarcastic fairy tale recaps, along with a host of hilarious fake news stories and headlines ranging from Rapunzel getting a bikini wax to Old MacDonald bombing on Wheel of Fortune after only buying vowels. Mix in illustrations reminiscent of Gary Larson’s classic Far Side cartoons, and you’re left with a madcap read that will leave you laughing all the way from Rumpelstiltskin’s Twitter feed to Humpty Dumpty’s Facebook page (where Jack is still trying to grow a beanstalk—in FarmVille).


*I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.*

One thing you must know about me is that I love fairy tales. They are what got me into reading, and have just held a special place in my heart for as long as I could remember. The next thing you must know about me is that I love raunchy adult humor. Not Your Mother’s Goose brings both of those loves together. Topher Goggin did an amazing job with this short book of adult retelling of the fairy tales we all know and love. I found myself throughout the book literally laughing out loud as I was reading. I was quite glad that I read it at home instead of at work during some downtime like I had plan, because everyone would of been asking why I was laughing so much. Not Your Mother’s Goose tackles the classics like Cinderella, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, The Three Little Pigs, and many more.

Goggins did a great job of telling the stories, but also including other small segments throughout the book for extra laughs. These extra segments include: fake newspaper articles, opinion polls, and newspaper headlines.

Besides Goggins great writing and humor, illustrator Rick Cunningham did an amazing job bring the stories and humor alive even more with him great cartoon-ish illustrations throughout the book.

I am giving Not Your Mother’s Goose 5/5 stars!

About the Author:

Having passed second grade (on the very first try), Topher Goggin is highly qualified to write a fairy tale book like Not Your Mother’s Goose. After continuing past second grade to Williams College and Notre Dame Law School, he now works as a small town lawyer in Central Michigan, and additionally does other lawyerly things like teaching college precalculus and showing eight-year-olds the finer points of how to PLEASE stop hitting the kid next to you with a nine-iron in the local junior golf program. He also is an accomplished radio play-by-play announcer, having captured two Broadcast Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. At age 11, he appeared as a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, discussing the one-man sports newspaper he had started three years earlier. Unfortunately, he then picked the Buffalo Bills to win the upcoming Super Bowl, sending his journalistic credibility straight into the dumpster. Other random talents and skills include: Escaping from being tied to a toilet in a family magic show (at age 9), officiating a wedding in California (not at age 9), hosting a satirical college radio show that might have gotten 30 listeners on a good week primarily by shelling out over $4000 in prizes, cashing three times in the World Series of Poker, giving a graduation speech devoted entirely to NASCAR, and the always important ability to recite approximately twenty Dr. Seuss tongue twisters from memory. That last one is especially lucrative.


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