Children’s book offers Republican Party a way to distance itself from Donald Trump
SAVANNAH, GA, April 29, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — One day I wondered what my version of Oz, Narnia, or Wonderland would look like. Inspired by those portal-to-hidden-world fantasy novels, I started writing. Several months later, in September 2021, my first book, a mid-level fantasy adventure novel called “Nowonderland”, was born.
I wanted my own villain, a Queen of Hearts type. But I didn’t want him to have any real power. I had more competent enemies in mind for later in the book. My protagonist, a twelve-year-old boy named Billy, moves into his late father’s childhood home and finds himself trapped in Nowonderland. The adventure starts from there. My own son had his fifth or sixth birthday at a bowling alley years ago. They gave him an old bow pin that had been painted silver and had a clumsy face drawn on it. This pin stayed in his room for years.
Eureka! I was thinking. I had my villain, “King Pin”. That was months before Judge Pirro called Trump a leader (which I found hilarious). I gave King Pin, a walking bowling pin, all the Trumpian characteristics, huge ego, narcissistic personality, affinity for gold, detachment from reality (he thinks he’s the king of Nowonderland … it is not), etc. He cannot walk far without help because of his short legs and small feet. I even gave him his own merry band of followers, a group of stick figures drawn and animated by King Pin himself. He keeps them online by threatening to erase them.
King Pin is not a major character in my book. I didn’t want him to be. There is comic relief, but only in chapter three. I explain later how he got to Nowonderland in the first place. But you’ll have to read the rest of the book to find out.
After Billy meets King Pin and sees all his group of minifigures have to put up with, he offers them a solution. Steps from King Pin. Stop supporting him. He will fall and will not be able to get up again without help. He won’t be able to erase any of them by rolling on the ground, so they won’t have to put up with him anymore. Simple, right?
I know it’s not that easy. I realize there are other things to consider. But maybe…just maybe the simple solutions are the best.
I think you can teach kids almost anything, in an age-appropriate way, of course. As a new writer and long-time book lover, I am appalled by the conservative push to ban books that don’t fit their agenda. Just because you don’t understand what CRT is, for example, doesn’t mean it should be automatically banned. Let’s leave the choice of textbooks to the educators themselves, shall we?
Be warned, Nowonderland has some subtle over-the-head type jokes for adults who might read it. If you are easily offended by this, and my mockery of Trump, this book is not for you. You probably won’t like the sequel I’m currently writing either.
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