of Beaverdale Books
Review by Cathryn Lang
By Stephen Colbert
Grand Central Publishing
When was the last time you could read a best
seller in less than 10 minutes? Well, if that
proposition appeals to you with your non-stop
busy life, then “I Am A Pole” is the book for
you. This incredibly quick-read will lighten
your mood and also give you a terrific response
when the subject of everybody’s current read
comes up in conversation. Hey, there’s even
literary cred here with a recommendation from
Maurice Sendak (the author/illustrator of “Where
The Wild Things Are” fame).
Stephen Colbert’s “I Am a Pole” is the perfect
“children’s” book for a high school or college
graduation. Paul Hildebrand’s illustrations
are a perfect complement to Colbert’s humor.
Puns and in-jokes abound. Read the book the
first time for the (ah-hem) plot and meaning.
Then, peruse the book and illustrations again
to catch all the humor. Go over the illustrations
with the thoroughness of “Where’s Waldo?” You
don’t want to miss anything here.
Our protagonist, Pole, is at a crossroads in
his life and trying to determine a meaningful
purpose for his existence — his true “pole role.”
Oh, there were the usual unsuccessful attempts
as the tetherball pole (“Rules were too complex”),
Maypole (“Pagans aren’t my type”), fishing pole,
a fireman’s pole and even that kind of pole.
Of course, Pole finds a very meaningful occupation
that will bring a tear to your eye and make
you proud, as he does indeed find his true “pole
role.” “I Am A Pole (And So Can You)” will inspire
your graduate to find his or her own “pole role”
and provide a load of laughs in the process.