I recently came across a blogpost, which I can no longer find, about children's books that were inspired by other children's books.
I didn't write a whole book inspired by another, but I did once write a poem - a riposte to Dennis Lee's Alligator Pie.
Here it is, for your amusement:
A Riposte to Dennis Lee
By Helaine Becker
ALOUD: Harbourfront International Children’s Festival
June 25, 2005
I cannot for the life of me
Think why you crave so desperately
Those rude, repulsive, yucky tarts
Made from mushed up reptile parts
Give me apple crumble, give me ham on rye,
But keep to yourself that Alligator Pie!
As if you hadn’t had enough
You still want more - some stewed up stuff
Boiled crocodilian grin
Reduced to flapping teeth and skin
Give me chicken paprikash, give me ratatouille
But keep to yourself your swampy-phooey-stewy!
Soup, you say, let’s have some soup
For crocks of croc, I will not stoop!
Potage d’Everglade is one
Dish from which I’ll always run
Give me bouillabaise or mushroom barley soup
But keep to yourself your gross-out gator goop!