"A story a day, or I just can't play."
Produced and created by Lucy Goodman (ITV, 2009), Bookaboo
is a British children’s series about the drummer for an Australian classic-rock-inspired act made up entirely of orphaned dogs. One hang-up — he’s basically a Man Child who gets cold feet unless he reads at least one picture book per day.
A Canadian version was produced for the CBC
and sister station SRC
Tropes associated with this series:
- Aesop Amnesia: Lampshaded in the Catch Phrase.
- All Drummers Are Animals: The whole band is made up of canines!
- Artistic License – Music: How many Real Life promoters would have dropped the band in light of Bookaboo's conduct? And how long would his bandmates have put up with him? Basically a variant of Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving.
- Dog Pup: When he loses his "bojo" (rhythm) just before going into his drum solo.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: It might not be an animated cartoon, but Bookaboo definitely qualifies.
- The New Tens
- Puppet Show
- The Smurfette Principle: Applies to any female human guest.
- Strictly Formula: Opening dialogue, Zany Scheme within the vehicle, a human rings the doorbell, shows up with a red bag containing a picture book, chews the fat with Books, reads to him, Books gets his rhythm back and rushes onstage, human is watching happily in the wings… the end.
- True Companions: Enforced, as the band's tour vehicle is their tour home, leaving very little room for personal gripes.
- Zany Scheme: Bookaboo is prone to use these to procrastinate. Until a human guest shows up with a picture book.