Finally, the first, long-overdue book on SpongeBob SquarePants for all ages!
When SpongeBob SquarePants debuted in 1999, the fun-loving, pure-hearted title character took the world of animation by storm, riding a virtual tsunami of praise. As the 25th anniversary of the show nears, it’s time to look back at where it all began and revisit all the adventures from the best episodes.
In SpongeBob SquarePants: The Unauthorized Fun-ography, award-winning author Paul Volponi presents the first ever “biography” of the show, exploring its origins and providing insight into the characters, the episodes, the voices, and the fans. From jellyfishing with Patrick Star and irritating Squidward Tentacles, to flipping krabby patties at the Krusty Krab and attending boating school with Mrs. Puff, this book covers it all. Volponi even includes fascinating details pulled straight from the pitch bible used by creator Stephen Hillenburg to sell the show to Nickelodeon, revealing how SpongeBob SquarePants became the network’s first original Saturday morning cartoon.
Featuring quotes from an exclusive, in-depth interview with Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, as well as quiz questions in every chapter to test the reader’s SpongeBob IQ, SpongeBob SquarePants is the perfect book for all fans of the dorky and loveable talking sea sponge and his band of friends.
Paul Volponi is an author, journalist and educator. His twelve novels for young adults have received a dozen American Library Association honors and his novel Black and White was a winner of the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award. Volponi is also the author of four nonfiction books for young adults, including The Great G.O.A.T. Debate: The Best of the Best in Everything from Sports to Science and Superhero Smart: Real-World Facts behind Comic Book Characters. Volponi resides in New York City.
Chapter One: Yellow, Happy and Square (Eventually)
Chapter Two: Becoming SpongeBob
Chapter Three: Theme Song
The First Ten Episodes
Chapter Four: Bikini Bottom
The Second Half of the First Season (Episodes 11 through 20)
Chapter Five: Patrick Star
Chapter Six: Squidward Q. Tentacles
Chapter Seven: Sandy Cheeks
Chapter Eight: Mr. Krabs and Pearl
Chapter Nine: Evolution of a Sponge
Chapter Ten: Mrs. Puff
Chapter Eleven: Plankton
Chapter Twelve: Here, There, Everywhere
Chapter Thirteen: Socially Relevant
Chapter Fourteen: Gary
Chapter Fifteen: Mermaidman and Barnacleboy
Chapter Sixteen: The Krusty Krab
Chapter Seventeen: Music, Broadway, Movies and Band Geeks
Chapter Eighteen: Bikini Bottom Society
The #1 Episode
About the Author
What makes this biography particularly special is the way that Volponi captures the essence of SpongeBob's character. He explores the reasons why SpongeBob has become such a beloved character, delving into his infectious optimism, his unwavering loyalty to his friends, and his unbridled enthusiasm for life. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Unauthorized Fun-ography is a must-read for any fan of the show. Volponi's writing is insightful, entertaining, and informative, making this book an absolute delight to read. Whether you're a long-time fan of SpongeBob or a newcomer to the world of Bikini Bottom, this book is sure to bring a smile to your face and leave you feeling inspired.
Volponi writes with a tone that is engaging and entertaining while at the same time highlighting the importance of this pop culture icon. This is a book that kids and adults will enjoy.
What a fun read! As a librarian and a long-time SpongeBob fan, I am thrilled about this book! It was fascinating to learn about Stephen Hillenburg's inspiration for the creation of the series, to hear what Tom Kenny had to say about voicing the iconic character, and to recount many of the greatest SpongeBob episodes of all time. This book is sure to capture the attention of any SpongeBob fan, while also offering valuable insights into the creative process. And, it's full of one thing we all love: F.U.N.!
This book was highlighted in the Forthcoming Titles in Performing Arts & Mass Media, 2023 list.