“Chill out about global warming” isn’t a popular message for a children’s book, but publisher Eric Jackson of World Ahead Publishing is looking for ways to counter books featuring cuddly polar bears on melting ice floes. He wants to repeat the success of Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!, which told of hard-working Tommy and Lou, whose dreams of funding a swing set through lemonade sales are thwarted by liberal regulators and taxers. From the LA Times:
Kindergartners these days can leaf through a picture book promoting the virtues of medical marijuana. They can read a fairy tale about two princes who get married â€” to each other.
But where are the children’s books denouncing affirmative action? The fairy tales promoting gun rights?
Jackson has ordered a modest print run for The Sky’s Not Falling!, which urges kids not to worry about global warming.
He’s also working on edits of Joey Gonzalez, Great American.
(It is) a bilingual story about a third-grader whose teacher tells him his last name is a sign that he’s less capable.
“It’s a little bit harder for minorities to learn,” the teacher tells him. “Don’t worry, Joeyâ€¦. There’s a special way to help minorities get ahead. It’s called affirmative action.”
Joey stands up to the teacher, telling her that his ancestors, Spanish explorers, “didn’t come all the way over here to be minorities.” They didn’t need special help, and he doesn’t either: “Great Americans don’t cheat.”
I have a feeling Joey, apparently the descendant of conquistadors, is no Harry Potter.
Many classic children’s stories celebrate individualism, bravery, initiative, self-reliance, etc. Nobody calls for lance control when the hero kills the dragon. PETA doesn’t protest either. Maybe they don’t write children’s books like that any more, but there are plenty of good ones already written. For example, there’s the original sky-is-falling fable of Chicken Little.