Sandra Keith Boynton (born April 3, 1953) is the author of many children's pictures books and children's albums. She also used to be a greeting card writer.
Tropes featured in her works:
- Banging Pots and Pans: The focus of the song "Pots and Pans".
- Casanova Wannabe: The Turkey from "Turkey Love Song". He tries to woo a chicken and a duck, both of whom show no interest.
- Deteriorates Into Gibberish: In the song "Nobody Understands Me", the singer throws in nonsense words throughout. Near the end, she deteriorates into this for one whole sentence.Nobody beezifies me
Nobody febbin ud.
Kibbldzy deen voo nizee!
I hate being misunderstood.
- Extreme Omnivore: The "pet" from "Please, Can I Keep It?" eats bread, fruit, juice, flowers and the flower vase.
- Food Songs Are Funny: "Faraway Cookies" (a love song to the cookie jar) and "O Lonely Peas" (a kid talking to the peas he refuses to eat).
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Chocolate: The Consuming Passion divides chocolate lovers into four categories, mirroring this trope: The Pastoral Chocolatist ("Pensive, pleasant, somewhat shy" — phlegmatic), the Genteel Theobromian ("Affable leader, secretly cynical" — choleric), the Refined Palate ("Artistic, intellectual, reclusive" — melancholic) and the Sensuous Chocophile ("Moody, impulsive, self-indulgent" — sanguine).
- Friendly Tickle Torture: "Tickle Time"
- Here We Go Again!: "But Not the Hippopotamus". After the animals finally convince the hippopotamus to join them, the book says, "but not the armadillo."
- "I Am Great!" Song: "Cows" is a song about how the titular cows are such great performers.
- I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: "(Don't Give Me That) Broccoli"
- Intermission: For the Intermission Song in Philadelphia Chickens
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Wave Bye-Bye on Dog Train. "How can it be a party when they don't have cake?"
- The Joy of X: The Compleat Turkey.
- Least Rhymable Word: in But Not The Hippopotamus
- Odd Name Out: In 15 Pets, fourteen are named Bob.
- Overly Long Gag: In The Uninvited Parade Strikes Again, the marching band invades the grocery store as they march up and down the rows that bear the names of EVERY SINGLE ONE of the 26 letters of the alphabet. The same band reappears at several points in the album.
- Overly Long Name: In 15 Pets, the turtle is called "Simon James Alexander Ragsdale the Third." The other 14 are named Bob.
- Parental Love Song: Going by the illustrations, "Snuggle Puppy", an affectionate song, is from a dog to a puppy.Oh, snuggle puppy of mine
Everything about you is especially fine
I love what you are; I love what you do
Fuzzy little snuggle puppy, I love you!
- Planet of Steves: the song "Fifteen Animals" is narrated by a young boy who owns said fifteen animals and is "giving each one a special name" — Bob. And then at the end, we meet the fifteenth animal, his turtle Simon James Alexander Ragsdale III.
- Removable Shell: A board book by Sandra Boynton featured a turtle inside its shell looking at another turtle that's outside its shell.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Discussed and averted in "Dinosaur Blues." The singer is sad because people assume that he's a bad guy, being a Tyrannosaurus rex, but he's "really a sensitive guy."
- Silly Love Songs:
Oh chocolate chip cookies so high on the shelfHiding inside of a jarI'm not tall enough to reach you myselfSo near and yet so very far.
- "Faraway Cookies", performed as though yearning for a person, is actually about the narrator wanting the cookies.
- "I Love You More Than Cheese", sung by one mouse to another, comparing his love for her to his love for various cheeses.
- "Turkey Love Song", a generic song which the turkey sings to two different birds alone within the time we hear.
- Single Stanza Song:
The shortest song in the universeReally isn't much funIt only has one puny verse... and then it's done!
- "The Shortest Song in the Universe" was intended to be only one verse long.
How can I feed this dinosaurWho eats my lunch and asks for more?More, more, more, more!Never own a dinosaur.
- Also "Dinosaur Round", which repeats four lines over and over.
- "Somewhere" Song: "Pig Island" describes an idyllic island inhabited entirely by pigs.
- Space Madness: In the three-part song "Cow Planet", sung by Billy J. Kramer, episode 2 heavily implies this is starting to happen to the crew by then. The voices sound deadpan and irritable, and some of the lyrics even suggest that some are getting sick of each other. "We've got a blazing afterburner, it's an irritating drum..."
- Stock "Yuck!": "O Lonely Peas", about a kid talking to the peas he refuses to eat, and "Don't Give Me That (Broccoli)", about a kid resisting eating his broccoli.
- Visual Pun: Occasionally appeared in her greeting cards. A notable example; one Christmas card featured a line of animals; a small fish in a bowl, a baby sheep, a horse, two egrets, a moose, a panda bear, a hippopotamus, a gnu and a reindeer.. "Wee Fish, Ewe, A Mare, Egrets, Moose, Panda, Hippo, Gnu, Deer!" ("We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.")