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Oscar's Book
Written by JEFF MOSS
Illustrator Michael Gross
Published 1975
Publisher Western Publishing
Series Little Golden Books
ISBN 0307021475

OSCAR's Book is a SESAME STREET book featuring OSCAR THE GROUCH. OSCAR informs the reader, "This is my book & I don't want you to read it." Oscar speak directly to the reader in word balloons, comic book-style.

Bothered by the reader's attention, he decides to move out of his TRASH CAN, & let somebody else move in. He puts on a blonde curly wig, & pretends to be "Melody", a new little girl who lives on SESAME STREET. But when BIG BIRD sees "Melody", he invites everyone to meet their new neighbor, & Oscar quits the charade.

Frustrated, OSCAR hides in a pyramid of TRASH CANS, but he can still be seen in his TRASH CAN. He then transforms his trash can into a "superduper GROUCH rocket balloon", which floats him high up into the sky. A bird pops the balloon, & he falls back to the ground.

At the end of the book, OSCAR realizes that the reader is going to go away, & he'll have nobody to yell at & complain to anymore. He tells the reader to come back: "You really make me mad!"

Oscar speaks directly to the reader in word balloons, comic book-style. This style was used in a number of SESAME books in the 1970s & early 1980s, including The Monster at the End of This Book (1971), Grover & the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum (1974), Would You Like to Play Hide & Seek in This Book With Lovable, Furry Old Grover?, BIG BIRD's Red Book (1977), & Lovable Furry Old Grover's Resting Places (1984).

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