A Child's First Book of Trump is a book of political parody written and illustrated in the style of a Dr. Seuss book. It was written by bestselling American writer, Michael Ian Black, and illustrated by Marc Rosenthal, a well-known children's book illustrator.
A Child's First Book of Trump was published in July, 2016, right in the middle of America's last presidential race. The timing behind this book was impeccable. The election was still months away from finishing and Trump was rising in the polls and everyone was worried and confused and asking themselves "Who is Donald Trump?" and more importantly "How should we handle someone like him?"
A Child's First Book of Trump is a picture book written primarily for adults. It is suitable to read to children but they wouldn't be able to grasp the humour or its political message. The book does not contain anything rude or offensive, like Go the F#ck to Sleep, but it might ruffle some feathers depending on your political point of view.
I thought this was a very clever, well written book. The illustrations were very well done and a wonderful nod toward Dr Seuss. The book is written in rhyming verse and contains some humorous observations about Trump and his personality.
In the book Trump is referred to as "an American Trump" and a "beasty" whose hands are, sadly, underdeveloped. The Trump is plump and bright orange and has a messy, lopsided shock of orange hair. It runs around causing havoc, stepping on people, shouting nonsensical things, driving fast cars and giving speeches.
So what should you do about a Trump running wild?
It is an interesting question. How do you handle an overly loud, rude person who is desperate for attention? It is a conversation we probably should be having with our children.
There are plenty of Trumps out there. You could meet one at school or at work or on the bus. We have to learn how to handle their large, over-bearing, in your face personalities because if we don't they might stomp all over us.
A Child's First Book of Trump is a short and very entertaining book that could be used as a tool to have some conversations with our kids about how to handle difficult people.