Written by Lotus on Sunday, 15 of June , 2008 at 9:13 pm
Step 1: Copy a classic
Step 2: Bash Bush
Step 3: Get a book deal
Step 4: Get primo article in the NY Times
Step 5: Profit
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.”
Subsequent pages tell of “A grand old party to war in a rush/And a quiet Dick Cheney whispering hush.” The vice president is illustrated seated in a rocking chair — with a shotgun in his lap and bunny slippers on his feet.
While the authors’ considerations were largely political, the publisher worried more about sales potential. At 48 pages, “Goodnight Bush” is the sort of short read that publishers fear will be quickly digested in stores and thus will not make it to the cash register.
The authors’ motives were “largely political”? No, really?!?!?!
“But this had so many brilliant gags,” Mr. Shandler said. “You could spend so much time looking page by page.”
For example, the mouse that flits about the pages of “Goodnight Moon” has been replaced by a tiny scurrying Osama bin Laden. At the beginning of the book, a pristine Constitution hangs on a wall; by book’s end, it is full of crayoned redactions.
It’s amazing what passes for “brilliant” in leftists’ circles. These authors must have honed their skills in college by making “Bush is Hitler!” placards.
Category: LOTUS Decides 2008
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