Earworms for bookworms

Perhaps because singing improves children’s literacy skills, children’s music can be awfully catchy.

For instance, ever since Strega Nona’s puppet show, every time somebody leaves by saying “Ready Freddy?” I hear this: “I’m ready to eat spaghetti with Freddy!” In other words, Laurie Berkner’s “Victor Vito” gets stuck in my head. It’s hummy and tappy and almost too much so. I feel like the Phantom of the Opera in Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, who can’t get “It’s a Small World” out of his head. Other times, for no apparent reason, Hap Palmer’s “What Is Your Name” sneaks up on me.

And every once in a while, an adult song I like will remind me of a children’s book. I was listening to “Last Stop: This Town”, a rock song where the singer gets to fly around town with his sister’s ghost one evening before she goes wherever ghosts go. It’s melodic and happy and reminded me of Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech.

Pleasing the Ghost is the story of Dennis, who sees every ghost but the one he wants: his father. However, one night, Dennis is awakened by the ghost of his Uncle Arvie, who had a stroke and retained the resulting aphasia after his death. Arvie has come to ask Dinosaur three pleases. 1, fraggle pin Heartfoot a wig pasta. 2, flannelate a needle. 3, dunder boodled trampolink. But in order to do that, Dinosaur must use context clues to figure out his uncle’s speech and deal with some beany bud boogers. It’s a sweet story. It reminds me of the song because Arvie can flap his arms and mailer on the wind, except when he lands with a foomf…

So what’s your favorite (or least favorite) earworm?

About Amy

Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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One Response to Earworms for bookworms

  1. Rebecca says:

    “Baby Shark” is a song regularly featured at the Squirrel Hill Branch Library baby storytime on Thursday mornings. It has remarkable staying power!

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