This is a thing that exists
January 6, 2013 3:14 PM   Subscribe

$162 on Amazon. If I had kids, I'd probably go ahead and buy it. Thank god I don't have kids.
posted by Huck500 at 3:24 PM on January 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

I so want to do something similar with Gamera right now.
posted by JHarris at 3:33 PM on January 6, 2013

Here's something a little similar for Gamera...
posted by Huck500 at 3:45 PM on January 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

When I worked at the bookstore several years ago, I made a point of grabbing this one off the spinner rack to read for children's storytime one week. The whole reason I volunteered to do storytime was so I could indoctrinate the wee ones into the wonderful world of weird (and perhaps counter-program against the banality of most kids' entertainment), so this book fit the bill marvelously.
posted by Strange Interlude at 3:45 PM on January 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

This exists! This is amazing!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 3:46 PM on January 6, 2013

I'm buying this for my nephew! I'm recommending a rich relative buy this for my nephew!

(What the hell? It's $160 on Amazon, but they only want to give you 63 cents in store credit for it!)
posted by dirigibleman at 4:00 PM on January 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

(What the hell? It's $160 on Amazon, but they only want to give you 63 cents in store credit for it!)

Since the book is at least a decade out of print (pub. 1998, around the time of this debacle) and isn't stocked at an Amazon warehouse, the selling price is being set by the speculation-happy Amazon Marketplace sellers, not Amazon itself. Conversely, Amazon has full control of the store credit being offered in exchange for the item, and is simply not participating in the collector's market being exploited by the individual sellers.
posted by Strange Interlude at 5:23 PM on January 6, 2013

For some strange reason, I had it stuck in my mind that Godzilla was female.

Godzilla is referred to as "he" in the story.

I went to Wikipedia to check my admittedly addled memory:

Godzilla is what they call a Hermaphrodite. That is, both male and female. Jdaniels15 (talk) 19:58, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

No, it's quite male. The creature in the American remake was a hermaphrodite. A lot of the misconception stems from the "Son of Godzilla," but believe me, that "son" is an honary. "Minya" or "Minilla" as the little Godzilla is called was actually laid by another member of Godzilla's species. Remember that Godzilla wasn't a monster reawoken by an atomic bomb, it was a part of an on-going species of "Godzillasaurus," as hinted at by: 1)The existence of a second Godzilla in "Godzilla Raids Again", and 2)That the Godzillasaurus was still awake and actively prowling Lagos Island when seen in "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah." It's far more likely that in both "Son of Godzilla" and "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2" that both little Godzilla eggs were laid by a member of Godzilla's species before being irradiated later on. In "Son of Godzilla" Minya's egg is exposed to a nuclear bomb used in a whether experiment, and in "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2," the egg was found in an island used as a toxic dump site. Godzilla would then play the roll of adoptive father when at last the eggs hatch. Admittedly, it can be argued that Godzilla laid the egg himself in both series, but it seems unlikely given that he had to be "called" by the egg once it was active. However, Toho's been adament that Godzilla remain male, and the ambiguity was definitely employed as to not compromise that. But honestly, saying that Godzilla is female because of the existence of a "Son of Godzilla" would be like saying Kong had to have been female for there to have been a "Son of Kong." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:20, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

I had no idea it was so ...complicated. I learned some important lessons today.

a) Godzilla is a dude. Like, definitely.
b) If one happens upon the book "Godzilla Likes to Roar" in a thrift store or other emporium where pre-owned items are sold at low coast, PURCHASE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE
posted by louche mustachio at 5:53 PM on January 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

Previously. (I bet this thread is why it's now $162)

I actually own this book, which I paid $8 for on Amazon and came with a $0.25 yard-sale sticker on it, as if to mock me. It's one of my toddler's favorites, probably because of all the roaring we do while reading it.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis at 6:32 PM on January 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

Godzilla trivia: his "roar" was created by rubbing a leather glove against the strings of a double bass instrument.
posted by ShutterBun at 7:33 PM on January 6, 2013

No he doesn't--he makes that screechy sound.
posted by availablelight at 7:38 PM on January 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

The Infinite Loop Of Algorithmic Pricing On Amazon... Or How A Book On Flies Cost $23,698,655.93

Awesome book by the way. All young children should have a copy.
posted by caddis at 7:39 PM on January 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

...also, on that last page, he looks delightfully cuddly in repose.
posted by availablelight at 7:40 PM on January 6, 2013

Check the 1-million-plus Amazon Sales Rank. Means it's pretty rare that anybody pays that kinda money for it. It looks more like a bunch of disreputable third party resellers' automated inventory control softwares chasing each other down (or in this case up) the drain.
posted by Rustmouth Snakedrill at 9:46 PM on January 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

Should've read the above link from caddis first... but yeah, I see that kind of thing every day at work (where I also rescued a copy of this very book from the trash, once).
posted by Rustmouth Snakedrill at 9:50 PM on January 6, 2013

Previously. (I bet this thread is why it's now $162)

Sorry, maybe. I got really excited previously and posted a link, which my wife saw, and I subsequently received a copy as a gift. (One of the best gifts ever, btw.)

So supply down by one, at least.
posted by bjrubble at 10:03 PM on January 6, 2013

I remember this from my youth, so I suppose I can declare that, as they say, my childhood was awesome.
posted by Apocryphon at 11:52 PM on January 6, 2013

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