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Publisher's Summary

The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life.

"The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
—Stephen Colbert

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Stephen Colbert (P)2012 Hachette

What the critics say

"The sad thing is, I like it." (Maurice Sendak)

What listeners say about I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

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this is amazing!!

I couldn't quit laughing. this book completely made my day! thank you guys so much!

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The 100% of the money going to US vets helps

This is a fun little 3 minute story padded out to 8 minutes with some banter between Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks. The audible version includes a PDF of the pictures from the book (interestedly not the 40 or so sentences that make up the whole of the story) but having the PDF up while the book plays was fun enough.

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Fun story.

Loved the banter between Tom Hanks and Steven Colbert. I'm glad that the illustrations we made available for download.

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  • Laura
  • 2012-07-07

Hold your sides, you'll be laughing so hard!

I saw Stephen Colbert talking about this on his show, and even saw the interview with Maurice Sendak. The book was so short, I thought why not get it. It is very funny, and amazingly, a pretty well written book. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT acutally a children's book, and unless you want to explain some of the inuenndo, I wouldn't let kids listen to it. The introduction and interruptions by Stephen Colbert let you know from the start what sort of book you're listening to.

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  • Pam
  • 2012-05-21

Cute, funny, patriotic

What made the experience of listening to I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) the most enjoyable?

The story is funny and cute, and I knew that the money I paid was going to a good cause (America's veterans).

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  • Carole T.
  • 2012-06-08

I Am A Fan (and So Will You!)

So sad that Maurice Sendak is no longer with us. This book, however, coming out almost literally on the day he died, stands as something of a tribute to his wit and style - and that of Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks.
I don't want to make a review longer than the book (!), but, shucks, who wouldn't like this??

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  • Hooga Chacka
  • 2012-05-10

It might be inspirational.

This is the least professional audiobook i've ever listened to. It's also the funniest. I might have been inspired if I wasn't choking on my laughter.

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  • loix
  • 2012-05-08

Deal of the century!

For a fraction of the price of the hardcover or e-book version, I got the audiobook, some comic banter between Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert, and a PDF file with all the illustrations (slightly out of sequence, but not a big deal). It's a lovely story, with rhymes and puns to boot, and the illustrations are just as charming (is that Maurice Sendak saluting the flag at the end?) Since all the proceeds go to charity, I am tempted to buy the e-book version; $1.83 seems too modest a contribution to such a great cause. Well done, Colberty!

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  • Brandy Reads Muchly
  • 2012-05-08

Best deal in Audiobooks

Would you listen to I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) again? Why?

Sure. It is only 8 minutes, chock full of puns, and entertaining banter between Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks at the start.

Any additional comments?

Don't forget to download the PDF for the illustrations.

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  • Patti T.
  • 2018-08-13

Waste of time

I like Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks, so I decided to buy this audiobook. Unfortunately, the only good thing about this is that the proceeds go to US veterans.

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  • Janice
  • 2012-05-17

Worthwhile for what it is

This was a nice little story and I smiled at the end when the pole learned his true purpose. I'm happy too that the proceeds go to a good cause. I was able to download the PDF pictures which did make it more enjoyable.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2012-05-09

really cute and funny

this is cure and funny. it is definitly woth the purchase and tom hanks is the narrator

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  • James
  • 2020-06-30

Poem

Funny, but silly. I was expecting something a little more substantial than a poem. To be fair however, it was clever and Tom Hanks does an endearing read.

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