Foxworthy on The Early Show (CBS/EARLY SHOW)
(CBS) Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most successful comedians ever.
The multiple Grammy Award nominee has sold more comedy albums than anyone else.
He's also the author of more than 26 books, many of them best-sellers, and now Foxworthy has his first children's book to his credit, "Dirt On My Shirt" -- a collection of short poems that the book's publisher, HarperCollins, says is "hilarious ... (capturing) the very essence of being a kid. From the thrill of flying to the imaginary planet Woosocket to bonding with a friend over a shared hatred of spinach, being a kid is just plain fun. And who knows more about having fun than Jeff Foxworthy? 'Dirt on My Shirt' is inspired by Jeff's family and friends and the poems are funny, witty, filled with sly humor, and always affectionate."
Foxworthy stopped by The Early Show Thursday and talked about his latest effort with co-anchor Harry Smith.
He read several of the poems on the air, and if you want to read some yourself, click here.
Foxworthy told Smith the book came in part out of his hosting the hit TV Show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader."
"Being a dad is such an important thing," Foxworthy said. "I always made up silly rhymes and songs for my girls. So, when I started doing the 'Fifth Grader' show, all of a sudden, I had an audience I never had. Everywhere you go, the kids would know you. And my girls were like, 'Dad, write the kids book!'
"And I thought it was going to be easy. It's a kids' book. And three days in, I was, like, 'No wonder Dr. Seuss is a big deal. It's the hardest thing I've ever written!' Because your vocabulary shrinks, because you're writing it for people who are just learning to read. And it's got to rhyme. Stand-up never had to rhyme. But it was -- I'm so proud of it. I love this little thing."
One ditty Foxworthy read, called "Snakes Alive," says, "I looked out the window and I saw a snake, crawling around in the yard. My dad tried to find it, but it got away. I don't think he looked very hard." Foxworthy said it, like so much of his work, was based on something that really happened to him and his family.
"You know," Foxworthy remarked, "even the cover, 'Dirt on My Shirt," because I was thinking -- when I was a kid, at the end of the day, if you had dirt on your shirt and leaves in your hair and mud on your shoes, you had had a good day. If your mother made you get undressed on the porch before you came in the house, great day!"
Every kid, he added, loves top lay, loves to pretend, and has goofy relatives, and many of the poems centered around those topics.
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