First there was Grover’s Bad, Awful Day. It received critical acclaim from many friends, family, and co-workers, so I set out to do one more Sesame Street rewrite. I found the perfect book, too: Bert & The Broken Teapot. There was something about the image of Bert standing in Luis’s shop holding a brown paper sack that screamed “I have to make this about Luis thinking Bert is delivering drugs!” and then another picture of Big Bird holding what appeared to be a flask. It was perfect.
Unlike the Grover story which was a bunch of observations thrown together, this one is a bit more of a cohesive story… and I’m of course using that term loosely.
Now before you go calling me out on ruining a beautiful children’s story, know this: I cherish Sesame Street very much. I grew up on Big Bird and even to this day I enjoy watching Sesame Street episodes or video clips with Johnny. Yes, Elmo and Abby’s takeover of the show has soured things a bit for me, but I am a huge fan of Jim Henson and the Muppet universe and all of these timeless characters. Anyway, I don’t want you to think I am making fun of Sesame Street. I hold these characters very dear to my heart.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy. I certainly laughed maniacally to myself as I wrote it.