Weird Al Yankovic Explains Why Children’s Books Are Like Songs

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If you’re behind on your New York Times bestseller list, you might not realize that America’s poet laureate of musical parody, Weird Al Yankovic, has earned himself a plum spot with a new children’s book, When I Grow Up. And in honor of April Fools’ day, GalleyCat has posted an illuminating (and not particularly joke-y) interview with Weird Al. Among his great responses are some thoughts on how his years of songwriting experience helped him write his first kids’ story: “Both songs and picture books (rhyming ones, anyway) should have a distinct rhythm – the works need to flow easily off the tongue. One difference between the two formats would be that song lyrics should be self-contained – that is, work without any additional visual aids to express an idea – whereas with a picture book, an illustration can be used to move the story along, even if nothing is specifically alluded to in the text.” Click over to GalleyCat to read the entire interview.