Popular (with apologies to Stephen Schwartz)

Your book's gonna be popular!
We cool ones will teach you the proper points,
to relate at joints,
Little ways to show and tell,
We'll show you what to do to win!
How to show your best!
Everything that really counts to be... 

We'll help you be popular!
You'll hang with the right people,
You'll be good on facebook,
Know just what you've got to know.
So let's start,
'Cause you've got an awfully long way to go
('specially since your book isn't even out yet)!

Don't be worried by those Newbery folk,
They'll pay attention, we promise.
Now that we've chosen to become
supporters, fans and cheerleaders for your book,
There's nobody better!
Not when it comes to... 

We know all about popular,
and with an assist from all of us,
you'll be the winner come January,
no more dreary backlist...
there's nothing that can stop you,
from becoming popular... 

we're gonna make you pop-u-lar! 

When we recollect boring winners,
those of the last four years that no one likes,
we remind you just to stay focused on those good ones
from the 90s.
Who is popular now?
Who of the really old ones have elan or appeal?
Andes or Andy?
Don't make me laugh! 

Forget those South American mountains,
That spider was POPULAR!
It's all about popular.
It's not about other stuff,
It's the way you're read,
So it's very shrewd to be,
Very very popular
like your book is sure to be!


Filed under Children's Literature, Newbery

4 responses to “Popular (with apologies to Stephen Schwartz)

  1. Maia Cheli-Colando

    I love it – thanks, Monica!! :)


  2. Terri

    “We know all about popular,” indeed. This resonates on many levels beyond books.
    From one who tried to spend junior high hiding under the bleachers,


  3. Yes, but I don’t know that WE are any more, Monica!

    Ah well, once more into the breach and all that…


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