This post is for my brother. Growing up, Adam loved Weird Al Yankovic and all his silly parodies of popular songs. I did not love them as much at the time, but mostly because my brother did love them and so I had to have something to complain about. Surprisingly, I have since gained an appreciation for the crazy musical numbers.
That’s all just background, though, for this current news, which is that “Weird Al” has written a children’s book. And not just any children’s book – one that landed at the number 4 spot on the New York Times’ bestseller list last week and is still holding steady at number 9 this week. Evidence of this success is in the picture above. But what really stood out to me was that he is listed as simply Al Yankovic. It looks so weird without the Weird.
Anyway, his book, When I Grow Up, actually looks really cute. It’s about an 8-year-old who is considering what career he should pursue, from snail trainer to artist who sculpts out of chocolate mousse, and a lot of things in between. You can enjoy an excerpt from the book below read by Weird Al himself:
Cute, right? But for my brother’s sake (and, okay, maybe a little mine too), I have to end with a classic Weird Al song. Amish Paradise, take it away.