Thursday, September 17, 2009

Booking it

Ok... have you seen this show? Yo Gaba Gaba? I tried to find a good video clip in case you hadn't, but I couldn't find a decent one. It is bizarre. The characters are strange, and well... it's just plain weird. I know "bizarre", "strange", and "weird" are pretty much the same adjectives, but it's just really something you have to see to understand what I am talking about. I thought it was produced in a foreign country like Teletubbies was, but even more foreign, like... Singapore. Nothing against Singapore, but seemed like the problem could have been something was just lost in translation. But no, it's just plain old United States weird. Taylor only first saw an episode of it a few weeks ago by accident.

A couple weekends back Kennedy and I took Taylor to a bookstore to pick out a book. She's three now, so I really want to get her interested in a variety of books. I set out to find some classics. She tends to be attracted to books that have characters she recognizes, so this time I planned to keep her out of the section with Disney and other cartoon characters from the shows she watches. I headed for the Dr. Seuss/Beatrix Potter/Eric Carle sections.

Daddy went a different direction, not knowing my agenda. Taylor followed him. After mulling over the options, I went to find the duo... perhaps they had found a treasure. Well, there they were... in the cartoon character book section, surrounded by Dora the Explorer and the Disney Princesses. Taylor was holding the only Yo Gaba Gaba "book" that Barnes & Noble carried. I put that word in quotes because it isn't really a book. There isn't a story. It opens up and folds out with character descriptions and has little paper punch-outs. (Which, I might add, were all torn or lost within 2 days.)

She wouldn't let go of it. We tried to distract her with other books. We were even willing to compromise with Dora the Explorer. She wouldn't have it. She didn't cry or pitch a stubborn fit. She just kept stating very calmly that she didn't want any book except that Yo Gabba Gabba monstrosity. (Yes, I added the word monstrosity.)

So, we walked out of Barnes & Noble with likely the worst child "book" they carry. I'm sure we looked like intelligent parents.

I wish she had never seen that show. I suppose it could be worse. Could be Pee Wee's Playhouse...

EDIT: Here is a link to a Yo Gabba Gabba clip. It is no wonder the country is becoming filled with the OCD of complusive hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. The germs in this video could traumatize a 3 year old.

Don't Eat Me!

This one isn't as bad as the clip "Don't bite your friends". Apparently, biting is a serious problem in the kid circles these days.


  1. We just went to a Yo Gaba Gaba birthday party. We have never seen the show. They gave us a cd and so we dutifully put it in on the way home. It was truly horrible. Ugh. I never thought I'd say the Wiggles were good, but man are they ever better than Yo Gabba Gabba.
    ANd don't hate on Pee Wees playhouse. Remember the giant underwear?

  2. Haha... The Wiggles were on as I read this; although, Taylor is not really very familiar with it. The noise and voices from it are quickly driving me batty.

    And Pee Wee's Playhouse... I still remember "Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho," but I don't think my parents let me watch that one much. The giant underwear escapes me, which is probably a good thing. :)