A few weeks back, I saw a post in my Facebook feed about a book getting set to come out: Movies R Fun! A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile.
Yep. Has “trouble” written all over it.
Written and illustrated by Josh Cooley, an illustrator and story supervisor at Pixar Studios, Movies R Fun! is a good-natured sendup of the “Little Golden Books” we all know and love from our childhood (and/or parenthood, for those of us who have younglings wandering about our abodes). What’s up with this little tome? Well, we’ll just let the marketing copy tell the tale:
“Let’s face it, reading sucks . . . but movies are fun! In this children’s picture book parody for grown-ups, Pixar writer and artist Josh Cooley presents the most hilariously inappropriate—that is, the best—scenes from contemporary classic films in an illustrated, for-early-readers style. Terrifying, sexy, and awesome scenes from such favorite films as Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, Fargo, Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, and many more are playfully illustrated and captioned to make reading fun and exciting for kids who never grew up. A sly celebration of the things fans love most about these legendary films (and movies in general), this is one book that probably should not be read at bedtime.”
What are we talking about? Here’s a few of my favorite examples:
I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally want an entire book based just on Alien. And Pulp Fiction. And Full Metal Jacket. And Robocop. And Die Hard. And…….
Somebody stop me.
Kudos to Mr. Cooley for this little slice of genius. It will reside with pride on my shelf alongside my copy of Go the F**k to Sleep, and other books my kids won’t be allowed to read until they’re ready to head to college or boot camp.