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What do you do when you spot a wild Trump in the election season? New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black has some sage advice for children (and all the rest of us who are scratching our heads in disbelief) in this perfectly timely parodypicture book intended for adults that would be hysterical if it wasn’t so true.Read more...
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What do you do when you spot a wild Trump in the election season? New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black has some sage advice for children (and all the rest of us who are scratching our heads in disbelief) in this perfectly timely parodypicture book intended for adults that would be hysterical if it wasn’t so true.
The beasty is called an American Trump.
Its skin is bright orange, its figure is plump.
Its fur so complex you might get enveloped.
Its hands though are, sadly, underdeveloped.
The Trump is a curious creature, very often spotted in the wild, but confounding to our youngest citizens. A business mogul, reality TV host, and now…political candidate? Kids (and let’s be honest many adults) might have difficulty discerning just what this thing that’s been dominating news coverage this election cycle is. Could he actually be real? Are those…words coming out of his mouth? Why are his hands so tiny? And perhaps most importantly, what on earth do you do when you encounter an American Trump?
With his signature wit and a classic picture book style, comedian Michael Ian Black introduces those unfamiliar with the Americus Trumpus to his distinguishing features and his mystifying campaign for world domination…sorry…President of the United States.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Striking a semi-Seussian tone, Black (Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop!) explores the "strange beast" that seems to be everywhere these days—from its propensity for saying "I'm the best!" to its poop that "spells out ‘Trump' in ten-foot-high letters!" Black checks off all the key Trump jokes with some pretty clever rhymes ("Its fur so complex, you might get enveloped./ Its hands are, sadly, underdeveloped"), and Rosenthal (1 Robot Lost His Head) portrays the "American Trump" as an orange, bean-shaped biomorph with unmistakable pursed lips and an intensely horizontal coif. But the truth is that Black has picked the easiest of targets; he assumes a sympathetic readership, but lets them off scot-free by positioning them as victims. What's more, he gives the worst advice possible when it comes to dealing with a bully: ignore him ("You can cover your ears or run up a tree,/ But the best thing to do is... turn off your TV") or run away—the final image shows crowds streaming toward the Canadian border. Author's agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (July)