Help! I’ve got a children’s book earworm, and I don’t know what it’s from!

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Since yesterday, I’ve had lines from a children’s book stuck in my head. Does this count as an earworm, or does that only refer to music? Whatever — I’m saying it counts.

So… my earworm.

I know this is from something my sister and I used to read a lot as kids. I think it’s from a children’s book, but it could also just be from a short piece within a collection. I’ve tried Googling, and I’ve come up with absolutely nothing.

Here’s what I remember — it’s a rhyming story set in a kingdom with a really unfair ruler. And it has something to do with taxes. And I think someone named Max.

(I know, taxes sounds like a really weird topic for a kids’ book, but hey, I didn’t write the thing!)

The lines I know (or kind of know):

A plague on Max’s taxes! They are anything but fair! He taxes both our income and our patience, we declare.

And

So up they rose upon their toes and [something about sneaking into the palace].

And in the end,

They stuck their tacks in Max!

Am I completely crazy?

If you have any idea what this could be, please let me know! You’ll have my eternal gratitude!

10 thoughts on “Help! I’ve got a children’s book earworm, and I don’t know what it’s from!

    • Thanks for trying! I’ve been search using different combinations of words and phrases, and I come up with lots of weird responses, but nothing that actually matches what I’m thinking of. So frustrating!

  1. Wish I could help! I tried my library’s online children’s literature database, but either came up with too many choices or two few and none of what skimmed over looked right. Maybe your library has something similar? You might do a better search if you have a ballpark idea of publication year or range of years?

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