Book Review: Not Your Mother’s Goose by Topher Goggin (and Giveaway!)

(Giveaway Deets at the bottom!)

What’s it about?

A re-telling of the classic fairy-tale stories in ways adults can definitely appreciate. Just not kids. Do NOT read to kids.

What did I think of it?

A mixed bag of adult spins on classic fairy-tales, Not Your Mother’s Goose had me snorting just reading the introduction, so I had high hopes when I started reading it.

The stories ranged from mildly amusing to “Whatcha laughin’ about, mummy?” from the Snuglet as I cackled on the couch. My favorite has to be the short little article on Rapunzel’s first bikini wax, but Mr. Goggin has a couple winners in his re-tellings of Snow White and Bambi, as well as the short little “taken from the headlines” type brief bits scattered throughout the book. My favorite of those is the one about The Headless Horseman seeking a..uhm, well, I can’t reprint that.

There are potshots that are mostly hilarious at everyone from Gyneth Paltrow to the Oakland Raiders.

I won’t lie and say that every re-telling in the book was hilarious, or even funny (there were a couple stinkers), but I found myself at least smiling in amusement once or twice per page at a particular line if not at the overall story.

I’m only going to give two warnings about this book:

  1. Do not read it to your children. This is not a children’s book. Make sure your six year old doesn’t get her sneaky little hands on it either!
  2. Don’t read if you’re an easily offended feminist.

Side note: This book came at the perfect time for me today. Really needed a giggle, and Not Your Mother’s Goose definitely delivered.

Favorite Quotes (that are (mostly) safe for work!):

“I ended up having to go next door to borrow a weed-wacker.”  -Wax Specialist, Lonny Martin

“..spends his days annoying his fellow citizens, lying, and taking money out of other people’s pockets. Basically, he’s a U.S. Senator in a fez.”

PETA to Protest “Popping” of Weasels.

So, look like this might be just the type of thing you need for office-reading when you’re bored senseless?? A book to lighten up the lunchroom? Or just to read at home when you need a laugh??


The Winner is Karen Stewart !

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Title: Not Your Mother’s Goose | Author: Topher Goggin (site) | Publisher: CRD Press | Publication Date: 2015-6-29 | Pages: 67 | ISBN: 099096440X | Genre: Humor | Language: English | Triggers: The destruction of your childhood fairy-tales | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-11-2 | Source: Received a copy free from author in exchange for an honest review.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Not Your Mother’s Goose by Topher Goggin (and Giveaway!)

  1. “PETA to Protest ‘Popping’ of Weasels.” Now I have to read it. I mean, I eat vegan foods, but I am not even close to being a fan of PETA. Aside from the fact that I don’t really care about animal slaughter, the biggest issue I have is how PETA handles their attacks and the things they attack. They attacked Mario (though they issued an apology after) for one of his animal power-ups. Mario. A video game.

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