Professor Wormbog's Gloomy Kerploppus
Mercer Mayer ~ Golden Books, 1977
As I was born during the era of the "scratch & sniff" book, they all hold a certain nostalgia for me. Even though each scratch scent was unique, they all carried the same undertone. So much so, that even today, I can differentiate a "scratch & sniff" smell from a regular smell, instantly. The "Golden Scratch & Sniff" books were popular during their time, a favorite being Bambi's Fragrant Forest which was given to me by my father the first birthday after my parent's were divorced, no doubt purchased in an airport gift shop. Man, do the smells in that book take me back.
But that's neither here nor there... Mercer Mayer being the Golden boy and fad-catcher that he was, hopped on the fragrant train with this Book of Great Smells starring the notorious Professor Wormbog. Sadly, my copy is missing the first page and the last, so I can't tell you how it begins or ends. Only what it smells like in the middle.
When the Prof's Kerploppus gets gloomy...
"Oh dear," thought the professor. "I had better call Doctor Windbag. Surely he will know what to do. After all, he is a doctor."
Doctor Windbag was just fixing himself a cucumber sandwich when the professor called. He put the sandwich in his hat and rushed right over.
"Oh, my, yes," said the doctor. "Your Kerploppus certainly does look gloomy. The best thing to do is bathe him in fresh cucumber juice. Call me if he doesn't seem better."
After a slew of failed remedies and after scratching and sniffing some cucumbers, paint and coconuts, you are fully aware that you are smack dab in the middle of a Mayer book. And when a x-ray shows it's actually a boot the Kerploppus swallowed that is causing the woe, you wanna slap yourself silly for not noticing the Prof's been missing one shoe the entire time. Ha!
Not the best of the Mayer bunch, but what do you expect in Smell-D? A must-have for the Mayer fan, none-the-less.
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