Beyond the Car Seat readers know all too well about my animosity towards Elmo. They know of the many reasons I loath the red creature and they know the biggest reason is that he has stolen the crown worn by Grover as top Sesame Street monster. However, it is not just for these reasons that I promote Would You Like to Play Hide & Seek in This Book with Lovable, Furry Old Grover? I suggest this book because it further allows me to recreate positive things from my childhood for LTD. The 1976 book by Jon Stone and Illustrated by Mike Smollin has a very simple plot but a very brilliant execution.
The plot centers on Grover’s desire to play hide and seek with the reader. Now normally hide and seek is a pretty easy game, but when the only place you can hide is in the pages of a children’s book the game gets very complicated. Grover uses every trick in the book, pun intended, to find places to hide, but his frustration level grows with how easy the reader seems to find him. Would You Like to Play Hide & Seek in This Book with Lovable, Furry Old Grover? represents the best type of seventies writing, the kind influenced by certain banded substances. I will leave the ‘do drugs inspire great art’ debate for smarter people, but no matter the debates outcome finding Grover is still wicked fun.