Updated: Oct 28
Before Inside had even premiered, I was obsessing over Bo's fantastic poetry book (and audiobook!)—Egghead or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone.
If you haven't read or listened to Bo's book yet, it's full of his clever wordplay and witty turns of phrase. However, it is also full of profanity and sexually explicit language (which is totally fine for adults, obviously).
My issue arose when I was trying to show my then-7-year-old daughter a few funny and age-appropriate poems, but I had some difficulty finding them easily.
As such, one of my ideas that will never happen is a kid-friendly version of Egghead. I know people hate censorship and bowdlerization, but I'm suggesting a poetry book you could easily share with kids in the classroom.
I think I just really want Bo to be like Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky were in my childhood!
The poetry book even has Lin-Manuel Miranda's seal of approval!
One of his poems in Egghead made my kid laugh harder than I've ever seen a kid laugh (they're not all suitable for kids but this one was.)
Anyway, here's my list of child-appropriate pieces in Egghead. Enjoy, and please share these 100+ poems with any kids you know who like sardonic humor (I know I was one!).
Egghead, a Kid-Friendly Version
A Dog's Poem
I Eat Words
On Poets and Farts
My Rabbit's Foot
Can I Have a Word?
Cup of Joe
Nine to Five
Count of Six
Another Day on the Ant Farm
Three Little Words
Hold the Cheese
Touch Me Back
Above and Below
The Biker Gang
From the Puppy's Perspective
Hello, My Old Friend
Let's See What the Robots Think
A Wonderful Day to Be Dead
Walk with Me
Youth vs. Man
Knots in the Grass
You There (you can hear the "Who's on First?" influence)
Forever and an Instant