This magnificently-produced book is a work of both satire and parody. It’s rude, it’s crude, it’s dead-on, and it’s hilarious. It’s funny in the same ways National Lampoon, at its finest, used to be funny.
And you can’t buy it now, because the publisher took it off the market.
Here’s the whole story. Basically, a writer over at BookRiot took offense at some of the artwork and captions, then wrote a damning piece on the site calling the book racist and unfunny. At first the publisher defended the book and its irreverent sense of humor, but the author insisted that they cease publication and pull the book off the shelves.
I think that was a huge mistake. The book got 15 minutes of publicity when it happened, and a few more copies were sold, but humor always sells when it’s controversial. In many ways I think the aggregate American sense of humor has wimped out since the heydays of Lampoon and SNL. There was a richness and an anger that fueled comedy and made it unforgettable, and we’ve backtracked so far that the American public loves 2 Broke Girls, which is all sexual innuendoes but no real teeth, and today’s watered-down version of SNL, that makes polite fun but rarely takes a chance.
There is a secret of comedy that critics and reviewers tend to forget–or ignore–whenever they get their delicate sensitivities all caught up in a bunch: All comedy–every gag, every joke, every one-liner–makes fun of something.
That’s all it is; that’s the whole truth. All comedy makes fun of something.
And that goes hand in hand with another secret of the best comedians and comic writers:
Nothing is sacred. Not races, not religions; not children, not Trump, not you, and not me.
So, sorry Book Riot. Bad Little Children’s Book is not only funny, but at times it’s hilarious. It’s exactly what we need because it makes fun of cultural paradigms when “correctness” says we shouldn’t. It’s up there with “My First Blowjob,” Bad Teacher and Blazing Saddles. I urge you to order a copy online, and then get all three issues of American Bystander, the humor magazine that’s trying to fill the void National Lampoon left.
Remember: It’s only a joke. They will kill you.