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Book.whatdoyoudo
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Illustrator Bill Williams
Published 1981
Publisher Western Publishing
Series Sesame Street Book Club
ISBN 0307231402

What Do You Do? is a storybook about people's jobs. It consists of rhyming couplets in which established Sesame Street characters and a host of Anything Muppets demonstrate assorted occupations, from towing trucks to serving pastry.

The book was reissued and updated in 1993, with identical text but new illustrations by Tom Cooke. While the original featured the likes of Granny Fanny Nesslerode and Rodeo Rosie, the later edition spotlighted the then-current Muppet cast. In particular, the closing page implies that "Emily Perl Kingsley" is, in fact, a pen name for Flo Bear, who claims that "I am a writer. I wrote this book!"

Characters

  • 1981:
Barkley, Biff, Betty Lou, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Frazzle, Granny Fanny Nesslerode, Herry Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Rodeo Rosie, Sully, Two-Headed Monster, Count von Count, Waiter Grover, Guy Smiley as a Dentist, Prairie Dawn, Little Bird
  • 1992:
Baby Natasha, Barkley, Bert, Betty Lou, Biff, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Elmo, Ernie, Flo Bear, Grover, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, Placido Flamingo, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Ruby Monster, Sully, Telly Monster, Anything Muppets, Pigeons

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