Where Did They Hide My Presents?, by Alan Katz and David Catrow (2005)
It took a little cajoling on GirlChild’s part for BoyChild to choose this book in the first place, but once they had a listen, they both loved it!
The whole book is full of silly songs meant to be sung to the tune of popular Christmas songs. They range from “The Sugarplum Fairy” (to the tune of “The Little Drummer Boy”), a song about a child with pre-performance jitters who really starts to enjoy the applause and looks forward to more performances, to the titular “Where Did They Hide My Presents?” (to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”) about a child who searches “high and low and low” for the gifts his parents have hidden and can’t find them anywhere. The pictures help add to the fun of the songs; for instance, you can see several packages tucked into a hollow in a tree (with an owl sleeping next to them) on the pages where the child is seeking out his parents’ hiding places, and the dad is depicted with an open and empty battery compartment for the song “Batteries.” They are silly and over-the-top, and my kids got a good laugh out of them!
GirlChild’s favorite song was “Where Did They Hide My Presents?” and BoyChild liked the song “Batteries” “because footballs and bones don’t need batteries!” (He’s into the absurd right now…) I had to have my husband hum a few bars of the beginning of a couple of the songs because I couldn’t recall how they started, just the chorus, and there were one or two where I never quite got the rhythm quite right to fit with the new lyrics, but it was overall pretty easy to sing the new words to the old tunes! That might be because impromptu parody songs are all the rage in our house; I tend to belt out a rousing rendition of “Everything is Awful” when BoyChild is dramatically protesting something ridiculous, and GirlChild has gotten so good at making up her own that her daddy sometimes mistakes them for real songs! Be warned that the word “dumb” showed up in a couple of the songs, and there is a song about a baby brother who has dirtied his pants, but most of the songs are good, clean fun! Other song parody picture books by the authors include On Top of the Potty and Take Me Out of the Bathtub, but there are several more to share with your little goofballs!