A book for your dog…?!

January 31, 2008 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Many years ago, I was at a cousin’s house and I went to use the bathroom. I sat on the toilet, then began to peruse through the various magazines they had in a magazine rack. There were what looked like children’s books sitting among the magazines, which I thought was weird; most people don’t normally have books in the bathroom, just magazines. The two books were, “The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts” by Shinta Cho and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum, and “Everybody Poops” by Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. Each book is only 30 or so pages long, with cartoon illustrations that appeal to kids, and they’re about exactly what you think they are about. The pooping book is about pooping, the farting book is about farting. Simple.

That got me thinking, “You can write a book about anything and potentially get it published.” Maybe there’s a children’s book somewhere about sneezing, or boogers, or foot fungus. If the book is marketed right and priced accordingly, there’s an audience for it. And then I came upon a manuscript for a book called “A Book For Your Dog”, and it’s pretty much exactly what you think it’s about. With a slight twist. You can read the book to your dog, but your dog will probably be the only who can understand it. Here’s an excerpt from one of the chapters:

Woof, woof, woof, arf, arf, woof, bark, bark, bark, grrr, bark, arf, woof, woof, arf, arf, grrr, grrr, woof, woof, bark. Woof, bark, bark, woof, arf, arf, arf, bark, bark, woof, woof, arf, arf, arf, bark, woof, woof, woof, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, woof. Bark, woof, woof, bark, arf, arf, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, arf, arf, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, arf, arf, grrr, grrr. Grrr, arf, bark, bark, arf, arf, arf, grrr, grrr, woof, woof, bark, bark, arf, woof, bark, bark, woof, woof, arf, arf, bark, bark, woof, woof, arf, arf, arf, bark, woof, woof, woof, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, woof. Bark, woof, woof, bark, arf, arf, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, arf, arf, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, arf, arf, grrr, grrr. Grrr, arf, bark, bark, arf, arf, arf, grrr, grrr, woof, woof, bark, bark, arf, woof, bark, bark, woof, woof. bark, bark, woof, arf, arf, arf, bark, bark, woof, woof, arf, arf, arf, bark, woof, woof, woof, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, woof. Bark, woof, woof, bark, arf, arf, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, arf, arf, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, bark, bark, grrr, grrr, arf, arf, grrr, grrr. Grrr, arf, bark, bark, arf, arf, arf, grrr, grrr, woof, woof, bark, bark, arf.

I can totally see this sitting in an eclectic collection of books in someone’s bathroom. If this were to actually be published, how much would someone pay for it? If it were priced at $1, would you buy it?

(images from Amazon.com)

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