Despite women’s unemployment at an all-time low, a booming economy, and women like Nikki Haley, Linda McMahon, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Sanders, and others taking lead roles in the presidential administration, some women and organizations base their livelihood on telling other women and girls that they are victims. Even though I parodied their ridiculous actions like promoting feminism and social justice with $700 Dior T-shirts, there is one area they’ve found mainstream success: Children’s books.
The stories of woke children often seem like a parody of themselves. Every time I hear of something a woke kid said, I want to yell, “That didn’t happen!” For example, Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, tweeted, “My 11 year old nephew just said that he doesn’t like James Bond because he saw a cover of a James Bond book with a naked woman on and he didn’t think that women’s bodies should be used to sell things #proudauntiemoment.”
The politicization of children’s books began with The New York Times. In 2008, the Times proclaimed in a headline, “The Secret to Success in Publishing: Bash Bush, With Nods to a Classic.” What followed was a 500-word positive book review for “Goodnight Bush.” From the article:
The cover of Goodnight Bush looks almost exactly like Goodnight Moon — green and orange, with an image of a window and fireplace — and uses a similar rhyme scheme. But there the thematic similarities end.
The authors, Erich Origen and Gan Golan, set their story in ‘a situation room.’ There is no bunny snuggling into bed, but rather George W. Bush grinning and wearing a ‘Mission Accomplished’ flight suit. Instead of three little bears sitting on chairs, there are ‘war profiteers giving three cheers.’
The book better serves childish liberals than children. Every clock in the book is set at 9:11. Charming. Accolades from the media were numerous and nauseating. The San Francisco Chronicle purred, “Goodnight Bush stands to become a popular American political parody.” In the Trump era of hysteria, it’s amusing to relive the Left in 2008. From “Goodnight Bush”:
Goodnight Constitution. And goodnight evolution.
Goodnight old growth trees. Goodnight detainees.
They’re still using the same tired scare tactics with the Trump administration, while insisting they’ve always liked George W. Bush. Today one of the popular themes of political children’s books is that as soon as you’re born you’re a victim because of your sex or skin color. The books claim to be empowering, but invariably start with the premise that society says young readers can’t do something.
“Strong Is the New Pretty” starts by peddling the wage gap myth. The author writes, “In the workforce, women earn an average of just 79 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. In sports broadcasting, female athletic competitions represent 5 percent of the allotted airtime.”
“Grace for President came out in 2012, but New York magazine calls it “timely” because it “pits a well-qualified girl against a boy who barely tries.” Oh, I get it. Did he not campaign in certain areas of the classroom because he thought they were a lock or unworthy?
There’s “She Persisted,” by Chelsea Clinton. The book starts, “Sometimes being a girl isn’t easy. At some point, someone will probably tell you no, will tell you to be quiet and may even tell you your dreams are impossible.” That’s not the female experience. It’s the human experience.
The Left’s obsession with children’s books is based in large part on political celebrity rather than education or even entertainment. They aren’t selling to children. They’re selling to New York writers who eagerly eat up woke children tales.
On the conservative side, most children’s books are focused on history and patriotism. They are important, but don’t necessarily have the wink to adults and entertainment for kids that propel it into a pop culture moment. However, there is one notable example that did both and became commercially successful. “Thump: The First Bundred Days” follows the adventures of Thump, a lovable bunny with a unique hairdo. He’s so adorable you just want to grab him by the ears. With a nod to Peter Rabbit, the illustrations are striking yet familiar. The verses are cute and provide entertainment to adults.
In the year 2016, with a hop, skip and jump,
A candidate stormed the stage: A bunny named Thump!
His goal is nothing less than to become President
And to make America great for each resident!
But his campaign trail is fraught with challenge and peril,
Attacked on all sides by fiends ferocious and feral!
How can you not be inspired by an adorable deplorable like Thump? I hope conservatives embrace the success of “Thump” by supporting non-traditional books that seek to entertain all generations. The Left should beware, because the next children’s book about their favored hero just might be called “Three Hots and a Cot.”