07 June 2008

The Devil is in the DETAIL

"Mr McGee
and the Biting Flea" -
an Australian classic
for kids over three.

I saw it somewhere,
since then I have sought it.
It popped up on eBay
and promptly I bought it.

The story starts well:
McGee flying his kite,
but then it goes pear-shaped
when he feels a sharp bite.

You see, it gets tricky
for poor old McGee.
He gets badly bitten
by (of all things) a flea.

Details of undressing
would lengthen this rhyme.
I'll show you some pictures
to save us some time.

He tears off his clothes
with startling rapidity
and adds to Kids' Fiction
this case of ... nakidity.

Now today I've wiped noses,
seen poo and seen dirt.
Then I read this cute story
and now my eyes hurt.

My eyes fell on DETAIL
that makes it quite rude.
Can you see the small DETAIL
to which I allude?


I looked. I blinked.
I was shocked and amazed.
Seeing the DETAIL
Has left me quite dazed.

Now here's a weird thought.
We'll read this one day;
Will the kids see the DETAIL?
And what will they say?

Now the end of this story
re-told on my blog?
'Twas good for McGee
but bad for the dog.



mommastantrum said...


Now I am itching, and not going to buy any children's books from AU anytime soon! How distracting! (And giggle inducing, because I am 12)

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Snicker sniker, detail. The illustrator kept it real. Thanks for the fun.


tinsenpup said...

I knew 'Killing a Fly...' would stoop to porn eventually. :) I highly recommend that you avoid (or not as the case may be) :) 'In the Night Kitchen' by the author/illustrator of 'Where the Wild Things Are', Maurice Sendak. I leerve Maurice Sendak's work and am a little mystified at the Bill Henson-like fuss that has followed this book for decades.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Featured on Good Mom/Bad Mom on the Houston Chronicle.


HRH said...

That is the craziest thing...ever!

Z said...

oh my. cracking up over here... but not sure about reading it to my (hypothetical at this point) kids... Of course, my puppy gets a boner about once a day, so when I have 'em, they'll be seeing a lot of that - in the flesh so to speak - so, well, why not? ;)

Givinya De Elba said...

Thankyou all for your comments! Maybe the comment count today will explode violently into double figures! That'll be a first! Thanks again, it makes a blogger's day to see that you come to read, and stay to comment! Have a lovely day everyone! GdeE

Kelly said...

I LOVE your rhyme!!! too cute and the pictures are a crack up, odd shape and size don't you think? Or are we American's just total prudes?

Givinya De Elba said...

Yeah, I was wondering about the shape. Then I realised that we now have an important piece of information about the legendary Mr MgGee.

He is uncircumsized.

So now we know.

Becky said...

HA HA HA!!!! Funny stuff :)

Your wee bro said...

Your blog was hilarious
Really quite neat
Though seeing that halfway
‘twixt shoulders and feet
Was kinda disturbing
Considering that
The book’s aimed at children
Like those you begat

But you’d better come clean
Re an email you sent
Asking your brother
To post a comment
To bolster the number
Of comments to you
Into double figures -
A record that’s due

Your loving young brother,
I’m glad to assist
In all ways I can
Including like this
I got it too late
But I’m happy to see
You made double figures
With no help from me


(Now you just need
Another one or two
To bring to said record
Those posts not from you)

your wee bro said...

How is that possible?
I dissed you through rhyme!!
‘twas not my intention
At least not this time!

I’m racked with guilt
And apologise fully
I can’t believe I’m guilty
Of being a bully

One Homer J. Simpson
Said that it’s wrong
And he hates it when people
Mislead him through song

I hope you’ll forgive me
For being a tool
And realise it’s just me
Acting the fool.

Harmony said...

Too funny!!
(and the comments from your brother are pretty funny too! ;) )

Jen said...

I remember this book from back when I was younger. Funny, at the time I didn't think anything of the rather graphic drawing. It's only now as an adult that I look at it and say "Oh my gosh!" I wonder why that is?

Givinya De Elba said...

Addendum: We have now added Mr McGee to our reading list. Sonny Ma-Jiminy noticed nothing for a few readings. Then one night he said, "What's that hanging down?"

Inspired by Jen (comment above) I matter-of-factly told him. Explained that of course if Mr McGee was naked, then obviously ...

He was satisfied with that for a few more readings. Then he asked, "Where's the other thing? It's not there."

"What other thing?"

"Hanging down. The Scrote."

Ugh. There is NOTHING attractive about the word scrote.

I suggested that perhaps it was -err- a bit smaller...?