Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 1, 2006
Who would've thought that shock jock Howard Stern, formerly the target of federal regulators for his crude on-air antics, would ever appear as a character in a book intended for children? But that's exactly what happens this month as Stern and a host of other celebrities become characters in a new illustrated book for kids written by a conservative author.
Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Britney Spears, Tom Cruise, and Sean Penn all join Stern as cartoon villains in the new book “Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper!” (Kids Ahead; hardcover: $15.95; ISBN 0976726912). The book reunites the best-selling team of “Security Mom for Bush” author Katharine DeBrecht and award-winning illustrator Jim Hummel for a tale of traditional values that skewers many high profile left-wing celebrities in the process.
“Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper!” tells the story of Janie and Sam, two girls who were happy just being kids until Hollywood celebrities start popping out of their hamper to tell them how to behave and to sell them useless clothes and trinkets. The girls encounter a number of goofy celebrities along the way -- including look-alikes for Ben Affleck, Katie Couric, Jack Nicholson, an improbably impish Michael Moore, and revered daytime host Oprah Winfrey -- and in the process learn that stars don't always know best.
“Know-it-all liberal celebrities are in our faces every day, telling people how to live, what to buy, and often how to vote,” says DeBrecht, a mother of three. “Children need to understand that just because these people show up on television doesn't mean they know what's best for the rest of America. In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite!”
The book is the highly anticipated sequel to last fall's surprise hit “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed” (Kids Ahead; hardcover: $15.95; ISBN 0976726904), which reached #1 on Barnes & Noble's website but drew fiery criticism from liberals for its portrayal of Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy as cartoon villains who tax and regulate a lemonade stand. Fox News host Alan Colmes said the book was “brainwashing,” MSNBC host Ron Reagan told DeBrecht that he wanted to write a children's book portraying conservatives as “hating black people,” and the Democratic Underground named the author to its “Top 10 Conservative Idiots” list. Even Hillary Clinton's spokesman took a swipe at the book.
“Oddly enough, I didn't get my invitation to the Academy Awards this year,” laughs DeBrecht, whose book also features cameos by several conservative icons, including Rush Limbaugh. “But if Hollywood insists on handing out Oscars to movies about gay cowboys, sympathetic terrorists, and communist apologizers, then I guess my time is better served in writing books that stand up for traditional values.”
“Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper!” will be available in stores nationwide on March 7.
About Kids Ahead:
Kids Ahead is an imprint of Los Angeles-based World Ahead Publishing, the West Coast's leading publisher of conservative books. Visit http://www.helpmombooks.com to learn more.
To interview author Katharine DeBrecht, contact Special Guests at (630) 848-0750.
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