There is a teacher in South Carolina teaching history from Rush Limbaugh's book. I have no explanation for this. Presumably the kids are getting great lessons in how World War II was fought against Feminazis, led by Sandra Fluke. And, sadly, Rush Revere and his time-travelling horse (I'm not making that up) aren't even the worst entry in the annals of terrible children's books.
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Just recently, we got My Parents Open Carry, by Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew. Just another happy day in the life of good-guys-with-a-gun, who are ready to save the world from bad-guys-with-a-gun. (Presumably followed by the sequel, "My Parents Open Casket.") If you missed JDWolverton's diary on the Amazon reviews, I highly recommend checking it out.
I was having a hard time explaining to little Billy why daddy needs to carry his AR-15 into Chipotle when he goes for burritos but now, finally, I have a book that helps.Along the same lines, there's Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed, by Katherine DeBrecht. It's the terrifying story of two children who set out to run a lemonade stand, but Evil Libruls ruin everything with taxes, regulations, and (OMG) broccoli. I assume our heroic kids get rid of those pesky regulations, so corporations can go back to dumping toxins in the water that those kids will use in their lemonade.
Then there's Does God Love Michael's Two Daddies? by - I kid you not - Sheila K. Butt. Right-wingers hailed this book as some sort of "balance" to Leslea Newman's Heather Has Two Mommies. Of course, Newman's book is about how Heather is afraid of rejection at school because her family is different, but instead the kids are kind and friendly, and they discover that every family is a little bit different. I'm not sure why a message of kindness and tolerance needs to be "balanced" with anything. From a publishing standpoint, Butt's book is something of a marvel: a book with no target audience. Heather Has Two Mommies is targeted to gay and lesbian parents, and their friends and extended families. But they're not going to be buying a book about how God broke up Michael's two daddies and got one of them to marry a woman. The people who find Heather objectionable don't want their kids hearing anything about GLBT people, so they're not going to be buying it. And the rest of the population doesn't care.
But the all-time worst children's book, if you can call it that, has to be Alfie's Home (warning: link includes creepy cartoon drawing of molestation). It's self-published by Richard Cohen. Yes, THAT Richard Cohen. The "ex-gay therapist" best known for cuddling with clients and beating up a pillow with a tennis racket. (Better than the other way around, but anyway....) The touching story of a boy who was turned gay because of his bad father and sexually abusive uncle, but with help from a therapist, he straightened out and married a woman. I don't know what Richard Cohen has against children, but he should't be allowed to inflict this book on them, ever.
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