Jersey Shore Kids Books

MTV reality star Snooki couldn’t trademark her name because of a children’s book, Adventures of Snooky. From the Angelina Ballerina series to Pauly: The Alligator Who Wore Tennis Shoes, check out more storybook namesakes for her cast mates.

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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: Adventures of Snooky

Though the name "Snooki" is likely to elicit images of a 4-foot-9-inch, orange, poof-sporting, self-proclaimed guidette from MTV's hit reality show Jersey Shore, the United States Patent and Trademark Office sees someone different when hearing her now iconic handle. The Smoking Gun reported that the office rejected a recent request from Snooki, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, to trademark her moniker due to a "likelihood of confusion" with a previously issued trademark from 2004 for Adventures of Snooky, "the first 2-D hologram children's book in the world!" The book stars Snooky, a furry yellow-haired cat with a red hat, who embarks on a family fishing adventure. All begins well at sea until an ominous wave forces Snooky overboard, separating him from his family. Could this be a clairvoyant metaphor for Snooki's drunken antics and subsequent cold shoulders from her housemates during the first night on Jersey Shore perhaps? But much like Snooki's situation, Snooky the cat's heart-warming tale ends happily ever after. "Not only is Snooky a good role model for children, the book is fun to read," one commenter wrote on This is where the namesakes differ. Sure, Snooki may occasionally wear a red hat, but the TV star's story is of a completely different order: beer bongs, tanning beds, and hot tubs. A good role model? Not so much. Fun (but not so difficult) to read? Indeed she is.

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Pauly "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio: Pauly: The Alligator Who Wore Tennis Shoes

Pauly: The Alligator Who Wore Tennis Shoes stars a baby alligator in the Everglades who's forced to take a journey to help save family members in need of immediate medical attention. Jersey Shore, however, stars a different Pauly—DJ Pauly D—a hair-obsessed, tan-skinned, fist-pumping club spinner from Rhode Island, who seemingly is nothing like Pauly the alligator. The two do, however, do share an affinity for footwear. In an effort to stay "fresh to death," as Pauly the guido says, he needs a "fresh outfit, fresh haircut, fresh tan." This aforementioned outfit, much like the amphibian Pauly, includes some pretty sweet sneakers. On a recent episode of Jersey Shore, Pauly D said of his crimson kicks: "I might bust out the red joints. That's how you know it's gonna be a good night!" But besides the dunks, the two characters also both have a tough outer shell, but a warm, gooey center. We wonder which is coarser—Pauly the alligator's skin or Pauly D's "windproof, waterproof, soccer-proof, motorcycle-proof" blowout?

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Angelina "Jolie" Pivarnick: Angelina Ballerina

The Angelina Ballerina series includes more than 20 children's books featuring a titular fictional mouse who often wears all-pink clothing—hair ribbon, tutu, leotard, ballet slippers, etc.—and enjoys, as one would imagine, dancing. Her dream? To become a famous ballerina someday. Now in its second season, Jersey Shore has its own Angelina in cast member Angelina "Jolie" Pivarnick, a bronzed Staten Island native. The on-again-off-again housemate's dream? To become a famous pop star someday, Radar reports. Besides common life goals of time in the spotlight, both Angelinas also pride themselves on being "naturals"—the mouse in her ballet slippers and the reality star in terms of her curves, as she explained in episode one. The Angelinas differ, however, when it comes to staying power—while the literary rodent has continued to delight children for more than 25 years, Pivarnick has quite the opposite capability. As her roommate Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino explained, "Angelina was like a half-ass firecracker… It just fizzled out real quick and made a loud noise."

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino: Sticky Situations

The book series Sticky Situations is designed for families with 8- to 12-year-old children looking to learn how to work out problems, as well as moral dilemmas, thorough various courses of action. Vague enough, no? And that's exactly what Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino does on a daily basis. A self-confessed gym junkie who works hard to maintain his six-pack (better known as "The Situation"), Sorrentino is sensitive, sometimes rational, and full of confidence. Most of all—and just like the book's problem-solving puzzles, it should be added—Sorrentino won't let any situation, no matter how complicated, get in his way; even those he can't quite explain. For example, as the GTL-loving reality star says, "I mean this situation is gonna be indescribable. You can't even describe the situation that you're about to get into The Situation." But if Sticky Situations has taught us anything, we can try… together.

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Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola: Sam-I-Am in Green Eggs and Ham

Sam-I-Am is the shaggy-haired protagonist in Dr. Seuss' children's classic Green Eggs and Ham. A persistent pitchman and chef, he attempts a number of different ways to hawk his newfangled twist on a breakfast classic (which is, of course, green eggs and ham): in a house, with a mouse; in a box, with a fox; with a goat, on a boat. Jersey Shore's Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola is similar to Sam-I-Am in that she too is a saleswoman—but in her case, for herself. A serial dater her entire life, Sammi instead hopes to enjoy being single during her stint down the Shore, pitching herself to potential hookups at parties and, ultimately, breaking some hearts along the way. Sam-I-Am, by contrast, breaks no hearts; he simply fills stomachs with his delicious breakfast dish, which Sammi too is a fan of. On day two of Season One, The Situation won Sammi over when he cooked a morning meal for her. "Mike is such a sweetheart. When I woke up this morning, I went downstairs and there was a plate of eggs for me waiting," she explains with a smile. Sams worldwide agree: Eggs bring people together.

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Ronnie Magro: Purple Ronnie

Purple Ronnie, the creation of writer Giles Andreae, is one of the most successful licensed characters in the U.K. and the voice behind a slew of advice books for men. Take Purple Ronnie's Little Book of Love Poems, for example, which is full of vivacious verse—some of it soppy, some of it rude. Jersey Shore's Ronnie Magro, similarly, lives a life of tips, tricks, and guidelines, such as always having a good time and not getting serious in Seaside Heights. ("Never fall in love at the Jersey Shore," he says adamantly in the first episode.) But Purple Ronnie and Magro believe, too, that rules (though typically worth following) are made to be broken. Exhibit A: Magro's on-again-off-again relationship with Sammi "Sweetheart." Speaking of which, how will that pan out this season? We're not ones to smoosh or snog and tell.

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Deena Nicole Cortese: Deena's Lucky Penny

We may not know much about her yet, but the newest Jersey Shore cast member, Deena Nicole Cortese, is not without a juvenile literary counterpart. Deena's Lucky Penny is a children's book about money. The plot begins with its protagonist Deena finding a penny and subsequently trying to figure out how to buy a present for her mom's birthday. With the help of neighbors and family members, Deena trades up her penny until she has a dollar. Cortese—who describes herself as "f---ing classy," according to the New York Post—does not appear to be a math whiz. She did, however, attend Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, and, if her MySpace page is any indication, she too likes money (she describes herself as "addictive & expensiv3 lik3 cocaine!" ) and, apparently, the number three.

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Vinny Guadagnino: Vinny, The Bug Man

Vinny, The Bug Man is a little children's book about one big idea: Can humans and insects coexist in peace? The story follows an exterminator-in-training named Vinny Mazola as he attempts to kill roaches when a freak accident shrinks him into the size of bug. Surprisingly, Mazola's reaction is calm and collected—he thinks it's merely a small, if not silly, concern. Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino, by contrast, is an aspiring wild man and self-confessed mama's boy with little calm in his life. Like the exterminator, though, Guadagnino has a sense of humor, which allows him to make the most out of difficult situations. Plus, he's always on pest control. "There might be some little rugrats here today, too, so keep it G," Vinny tells his castmates when his younger cousins come to visit.

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Jenni "JWoww" Farely: Saint Jenni

Saint Jenni, the protagonist of the children's book Saint Jenni: Animal Crazy, is a little girl—and, more importantly, animal lover—who yearns for a pet. She also aspires to achieve sainthood. Her search for both leads her on a chaotic adventure through her home, a park, a zoo, and a church. Compare Saint Jenni to Jersey Shore's Jenni "JWoww" Farely, and the tale isn't all that different. Like Saint Jenni, JWoww is impulsive and spontaneous. She loves animals—party animals, to be more specific—and has little, if any, self-control around them. Take JWoww's fondness for gorillas, for example. "I see a bunch of gorilla juice heads. Tall, completely jacked, steroids, like multiple growth hormones. That's, like, the type that I'm attracted to," she explained on the series. JWoww's misadventures are also hilariously chaotic. The difference? Her journeys lead her to a slightly more dangerous zoo, filled with Snooki-hungry hippos who are known to charge. Plus, the frequent violence-threatening JWoww is a far less likely future Mother Teresa than Saint Jenni.