The artist formerly known as "Weird Al" is not one to "write down" to kids: he adapted his talent for writing clever, funny song lyrics, and has written a clever, funny picture book that's reminiscent of Dr. Seuss' style, but with many words and concepts that are aimed at older, more sophisticated readers. Wes Hargis' super-detailed illustrations enhance the text with additional sight gags. Like Al's music and videos, his picture book is for smart kids with a sense of humor.
When I Grow Up is a book that can be grown into, and it's also a perfect gift for grown ups who are "growing into" one of life's next levels (graduation, new baby, retirement). Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go is still a great gift-of-passage, but When I Grow Up is for the generations who have loved and laughed at "Weird Al" Yankovic.
DISCLAIMER: As a huge "Weird Al" fan, I must admit that this was not exactly an unbiased review.
Jane Austen wrote only six novels, but her wit and wisdom left readers pining for more. Impro Theatre's Jane Austen UnScripted gives audiences a chance to imagine the other books she might have written. The company deftly creates a world of love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads, and although hearts are sure to be broken, true love will win out in the end. Members of the cast will perform in costume, improvising a brief 'playlet' in the style of Austen, then answering questions from the audience.
“One of the funniest evenings in town…An amazing comedy troupe spins an entire play into comedy gold right before your eyes.”
-Los Angeles Times Magazine
“SENSATIONAL…smash hit…ingenuity, imagination, and hilarity… improv artists at the top of their field… MUST SEE.”
“Impro Theatre's gift lies in far more than improv's expected one-liners and zingers -rather, their gift is the more subtle and complex art of storytelling…Austen would be pleased, indeed.”