Hey Diddle Diddle, Don't miss this cat's fiddle. The cow made love to the moon. The little dog drank till he got in a fight, and the bitch ran away with the spoon.
I just can’t get over how ridiculously cute Spoon and the Moon: A Naughty Fairy Tale is. Spoon and the Moon is the latest endeavor by Wickedly Sisters creative team, and it has Louisville all over it. It’s a tale set in Louisvillle, featuring Louisville artists and musicians, displayed as an E-book in app form. It’s also full of fun facts and history tidbits about the Derby city. The app is available through the Amazon App Store for android devices and is pure imagination untamed (for adult readers).
I really mean E-book on steroids, because that’s what it really is. It’s much more than text. The app has wonderfully decorative pages with colorful illustrations and borders. These aren’t just pretty pictures on a page, though. You can touch them for tidbits of interesting information, history, music, and sound effects by Lisa Wilbanks and Phillip Crowther. This is Wickedly Sisters first foray into digital literature, with assistance and tech support from Angie Graham; they’ve done a monumental job in raising the bar for other E-books.
Hey Diddle Diddle by Jen Rose Fitzgerald
In addition to the hidden goodies everywhere, the book has an occasional short video, comprised of animated illustrations and music by motion graphic artist Chris Johnson. My favorite is a video of an ant telling other ants about the lesbian lovers spread out on the blanket before them as if he is narrating a wildlife documentary.
Speaking of music, each of the chapter’s illustrated title pages is accompanied by folksy music by Jen Rose Fitzgerald, The Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Kri N Hettie, James Hicklin, Kate Larken, Sheila Marshall, Mishal Moore, Sarah Sharp, Karma Katz, and the Slackers. The violin by Steph Dlugon is a major part of the storyline, as a ferell cat violinist named Possibilities pops in regularly to stir things up (literally) with his moving melodies. It turns out that the cat is involved in just about everything. The music is moving and perfectly suited for the charming tale. The only wish I had for the music is that it would continue playing as you read all the pages, but I learned from this book that “wishes are dangerous”(especially when delivered from a foul mouthed wishing star).
If the music played on all the pages, I guess the sound effects wouldn’t be as enjoyable. Too much of the moving violin riffs might have made them less hypnotizing and decreased the magical effect they had on everything around them: Fireflies swirl, ants throw honeysuckle bouqets, maggots march, sheds get up and walk away, and migrating geese find themselves forced to the ground for a dosey doe (dosado). Everything comes to life with music played by Possibilities.
The same wish threatened my enjoyment of the illustrations. The creators trained me so well to touch the drawings from the start of the book; I found myself a little disappointed when touching a bare boobie didn’t do anything. They had me madly pressing any and every corner of the screen to see if I could elicit a power tool sound or a fun fact about ice cream wars between Michigan and New York. It made the reading experience so much fun.
Trapdoor by Troubadours of Divine Bliss
Don’t let my enthusiasm about the extras trick you into thinking I do not have even more passion for the tale. I don’t want to sound cliche, but I laughed; I cried. The tale is so enchanting and sweet: a treasure that you will pull out to read again and again on rainy days or whenever you need a boost in feeling good. Since it’s available for your android mobile device, I’d prescribe it as the perfect cure for traffic court, waiting rooms, and other morbid afflictions like the DMV line. (Disclaimer: Side effects may include embarrassment when others wonder why you’re laughing uncontrollably or where the farting sound effect just came from.)
A cup of tea by the fire might be a better setting, but I’d definitely recommend it for whatever ails you; A cure is exactly what it was created to be. Marie wrote the tale when partner Margaret was deathly ill. Margaret looked forward to every evening when Marie would call her and read another chapter to her. No wonder so much love rolls off each page...errr...screen.
Margaret and Marie’s extreme attention to detail and loving auras drip through each page, massaging the reader’s mind until a rosy glow is achieved. They show off their understanding of people, history, ice cream, music and more. Kudos to editor Aletha Fields. I only found one typo through the entire book. The story is more than a love triangle - it’s an all out love fest: everyone and every thing’s invited, including the kitchen sink. From a moon-loving cow to a colander-loving bowl, a trucker loving drag queen to a redhead loving lesbian, these lusty lovers learn about the trials and titillations of love and lust. Life lessons are doled out by spoons, yard critters and kamikaze moths amidst gossip by yogurt containers and recycling bins. There is no way that I can do the imparted beautiful wisdoms justice, so I encourage you to indulge yourself by picking up a copy..or maybe I should say clicking up a copy. Everyone could use a little more love. It’s even better set in Louisville.
“I have wished for love the exact number of times as there are stars in the universe,” said Ambrosia, the drag queen fashionista, about her giant silent trucker.