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6 Great Bookish Parodies from Sesame Street

Kim Ukura

Staff Writer

Kim Ukura is a book lover, recovering journalist, library advocate, cat mom, and lover of a good gin cocktail. In addition to co-hosting Book Riot’s nonfiction podcast, For Real, and co-editing Book Riot’s nonfiction newsletter, True Story, Kim spends her days working in communications at a county library system in the Twin Cities area. Kim has a BA in English and journalism from a small liberal arts college in Minnesota, and a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When not getting to bed before 10 p.m., Kim loves to read nonfiction, do needlework projects, drink tea, and watch the Great British Baking Show. Instagram: @kimthedork Twitter: @kimthedork

While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our couches), we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Wednesday, July 8th.

This post originally ran April 15, 2015.
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Since I’m not the parent of small children and therefore don’t spend a lot of time keeping up with kids television programming, I had no idea how good Sesame Street actually could be. We all got a reminder last week when the show helped celebrate the return of Game of Thrones with a spot-on parody called “Game of Chairs” where Robb, Cersei, Joffrey, and Daeneyrus compete to see who will sit on the Iron Throne of Jesteros.

Watching that video led me to a whole world of bookish parody videos from the folks at Sesame Street. Here are a few of my favorites:

Lord of the Crumbs

Cookie Monster must remember the recipe for “one dessert to rule them all” in order to save all of the cookies on Monster Earth.

Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies

In order to win the Goblet of Cookies, Furry Potter needs to listen to directions to complete his quest. I sense that cookies are a strong theme in these parodies. Yum.

The Hungry Games: Catching Fur

Cookiness Evereat must work with her friends Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady and Pita to win the second Hungry Games. The muppet for Effie Trinket is my favorite thing.

Les Mousserables

“Jean Bon-Bon is a very sad French guy in pursuit of cookies dans les rues de Paris (in the streets of Paris).” I can’t beat that description.

True Mud

The opening of this one is so reminiscent of the real opening for the True Blood series that I had to include it, even if the bookish connection is twice removed. Plus, Muppet vampires (err, Grouches)!