Superman Becomes an Enemy of Family Values, Claims Kid's Author

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Best-selling children's author Katharine DeBrecht decries new Superman movie for portraying Lois Lane with a child out of wedlock while studio targets its marketing at kids. Has the Man of Steel become a deadbeat dad?

Superman is set to return to movie theaters nationwide this week, but is this latest incarnation of the quintessential American hero an enemy of traditional values? With millions of children nationwide eagerly anticipating the new Superman film, this is the question being asked by the author of a popular series of kid's books.

Katharine DeBrecht, author of the picture book “Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper” (Kids Ahead; hardcover: $15.95; ISBN 0976726912), warns that the movie “Superman Returns” appears to undermine traditional values. Early reviews of the film -- which have generally been positive -- have stated that Lois Lane has a child out of wedlock and that the five-year-old boy might be Superman's son.

“Liberals in the media and classrooms are already making it hard for parents who believe in traditional values to pass on those morals to their kids,” says DeBrecht, a mother of three. “Now it looks like Superman will also be working against us. Reports indicate that not only does the movie imply that Superman and Lois Lane had a child together, but it also has Lois engaged to another man, causing Superman to compete for her affection.”

“Portraying Superman with an out-of-wedlock child and potentially breaking up a family is completely unnecessary,” adds DeBrecht. “Warner Brothers is marketing this movie to children. It has dozens of toy, clothing, cereal, and fast-food tie-ins. But parents taking their children to see this movie need to be ready to talk with them about it, because Lex Luthor is not the only bad guy in this script.”

This is not the first time that author DeBrecht has taken on the opponents of traditional values. Her debut book, “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed” (Kids Ahead; hardcover; ISBN 0976726904), garnered national attention last fall for its portrayal of Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy as cartoon villains who fight against the American Dream by taxing and regulating a lemonade stand run by two young brothers. The illustrated book hit #1 on the Barnes & Noble website while also drawing fiery criticism from a long list of liberals, including Alan Colmes, Ron Reagan, and Hillary Clinton's press secretary.

This spring, DeBrecht unveiled “Hollywood's in My Hamper,” an illustrated book which uses look-alikes of Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise, Britney Spears and Madonna to teach kids not to emulate the celebrities they see on television and in the movies. And with Superman fathering kids and trying to break up engagements, will Clark Kent join Babs and Britney in future “Help Mom” books?

“Superman used to stand for truth, justice, and the American way,” adds DeBrecht. “But parents need to beware because evidently director Bryan Singer has turned the Man of Steal into a deadbeat dad.”

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 to learn more.

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To interview author Katharine DeBrecht, contact Kids Ahead at (310) 857-6836.

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