Book Review - Too Much Kissing and other Silly Dilly Songs About Parents by Alan Katz

Too Much Kissing and other Silly Dilly Songs About Parents by Alan Katz. Illustrated by David Catrow.

As a kid I was completely enamored with goofy songs that were a twist on original ones. Like 'This Land is My Land, it Sure Ain't Your Land' and 'Batmobile Lost its Wheel'. So what kid wouldn't love a book full of goofy songs that make fun of their parents? The sequel to I'm Still Here in the Bathtub, Too Much Kissing is full of good humor and great pictures. Most of the tunes I knew, although there were one or two that I was unsure about. For the most part the songs fit in nicely with their appropriate songs, all the beats falling where they were supposed to. There was a song or two that didn't exactly fit. The most obvious one being 'Disgusting Things' to the tune of "My Favorite Things". Perhaps I am just not singing it right though. To give a preview, but not the full songs:

My Mother Just Rushes Through Bedtime
(to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean")

My mother just rushes through bedtime.
With stories, she sure cuts them short.
If she keeps this up, you can bet I'm
Taking her to fairy tale court.

Mother, Mother,
I know that down deep you do care, do care.
But, oh brother,
Goldilocks met more than one bear!

Dressed Up Is Messed Up
(To the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic)

My mom says there's a party, and I know just what that means:
I'm gonna have to change out of these soiled, hole-filled jeans.
No question it will lead to one of those annoying scenes.
I hate to wear nice clothes.

They're Full of Beans
(To the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game")

Mom and Dad just drink coffee.
They both live on caffeine.
Each has a pot before starting work,
while at their jobs they are on auto-perk,
and it's brew, brew, brew after dinner.
It's like a java monsoon!
It's no wonder they haven't slept
a wink since June!