23 October 2008

Please, Mum, read me the one about the failed presidential candiate

This article in the New York Times opened my eyes to an arena of kids publishing of which I have been sadly ignorant: the political picture book. Feast your eyes on this:

'This picture book biography, written with great love and insight by his oldest daughter, shows us the public John McCain and the personal John McCain in a way we've never seen before -- making this American hero come to life before young eyes.'
'Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.'


'When Hillary was young, she wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no. But she didn't listen to them. There were people who didn't think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.'
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What do you think, people, have I identified a gap in the Australian kids book market? Are you clamouring for KRudd: Cow Farm to Kirribilli ? Would you bust down bookshop doors to buy 32 pages of full colour celebrating Malcolm Turnbull's rise from his grim boyhood days of living in rental accommodation? Are any illustrators out there dying to draw Julia Gillard?

PS: Searching Amazon in this vein has also opened up a whole new world of Christmas presents. Did you know you can buy 'Richard M. Nixon and His Family Paper Dolls', or 'George H Bush and His Family Paper Dolls' (featuring W as a boy). You can also get the Reagans, the Clintons, the Kennedys or, most mystifyingly, the Carters.

5 comments:

Nicki Greenberg said...

I feel very queasy now...

RoboFillet said...

Haha! This is a classic! "Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else"... I don't know about you, but this reminds me of a certain boy who lived, if you catch my drift.

Penni said...

Um, but Hillary didn't become an astronaut did she? SO people told her no and then she didn't become an astronaut Or the president. Not a winner of a blurb there.

I'd buy one about Bob Brown. Seriously.

Penni said...

(and I want Keating paper dolls)

Susannah said...

Robofillet - Ha! You're right, there is a certain similarity of tone. Does this mean we need to start calling McCain He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?