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Arrr! The Oxymoron That Is Radio Cartooning

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Arrr! The Oxymoron That Is Radio Cartooning

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Now, we're doing this little experiment called Cartooning on the Radio -not cartooning on the page like you might see in a newspaper or a magazine or a comic book. We have actually invited Mo Willems, and award-winning children's author and illustrator, to join us regularly and bring with him a radio cartoon, which he will describe in detail before we actually hear the caption.

What do you got for us today?

Mr. MO WILLEMS (Children's Author, Illustrator): Well, I brought pirate cartoon, because everybody loves a pirate cartoon.

BLOCK: Oh, well, you can't go wrong with pirates.

Mr. WILLEMS: So, in the foreground, we have a very smug pirate. This pirate has two eye patches, two parrots on his shoulders, two peg legs. Behind him are two more normal pirates, standing there, looking perplexed. One turns to the other and says something.

BLOCK: Okay. And we're going to find out what that special something is in just a moment, as written by you. But first, we have invited listeners to go to npr.org, take a look at this cartoon, and then send us their suggestions. And so I'd like to share a few of them with you. And before I go on, I'd just like to say that this pirate really likes to accessorize, Mo.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WILLEMS: Yes.

BLOCK: And the two pirates behind him, they're not dressed nearly as well. And this well-dressed, heavily accessorized pirate has them chattering in the background. And Mike Gannon(ph) of Columbia, South Carolina says this is what they might be saying: I told him to get off his feet, and, of course, he went overboard.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WILLEMS: That's good. I like the overboard. A little added gag, there.

BLOCK: This is from Bertrand Gilbert(ph) of Lake Clarke Shores, Florida. And he says: And the day he loses his head, they'll promote him to admiral.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WILLEMS: There's nothing like a topical pirate joke.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: And this is from Susan Thads(ph). She lives in Frankfort, Kentucky. And she says: Shiver me timbers, what a poser.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: That was my personal favorite.

Mr. WILLEMS: The shiver me timbers. Awesome.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: Mo, you have to share with us your caption for this cartoon.

Mr. WILLEMS: All right. Here we go. So it's the pirate. He's got two eye patches. He's got two parrots on his shoulders, two peg legs. The pirates behind him, one of them turns to him and says: Arrr! He be twice the man that I could ever be.

BLOCK: Arrr! I like it.

Mr. WILLEMS: Arrr! I'm glad you do.

BLOCK: Thank you. That was Mo Willems, children's book author and radio cartoonist. And you can take a look at his drawings at our Web site. That's npr.org.

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