Are kids still using the Dick and Jane books to learn to read? You know the ones. “See Dick. See Jane. Jane has been bitten by a zombie. Flee, Dick, flee!” Except without the zombies part. The Dick and Jane books were created by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp back in the 1930s, and they’ve been a staple of many a young kiddo’s early education in the decades since. Not surprisingly, they’ve also been the subject of many parodies over the years, but this one may be our favorite: Fun with Kirk and Spock.
Fun with Kirk and Spock is the brainchild of Robb Pearlman, who says he “never heard a doomed red-shirt joke I didn’t like.” He’s taken the simple language and familiar cadence of the Dick and Jane books and applied it to the Original Series crew of the USS Enterprise. He’s the author of several other lighthearted books, including 101 Ways to Kill a Zombie, Nerd Haiku, and Spoiler Alert: Bruce Willis Is Dead And 399 More Endings From Movies, TV, Books, And Life.