Colbert explained the genesis for the project on Friday’s “Late Show.” It all came about after Trump visited the Carolinas following Hurricane Florence.
“You might recall that Donald Trump’s visit to North Carolina after the hurricane did not comfort everyone,” Colbert said before describing the president’s fascination with one particular boat that had washed ashore. “He made so many kind of odd comments about that boat that as a joke — ha ha — we turned all of those comments into a children’s book made up entirely of quotes of Trump touring hurricane damage.”
Except that the joke, “by Donald Trump (by accident),” turned into a real book published by Simon and Schuster with a Nov. 6 release date.
Colbert is not the first late-night host to get into the children’s book game. He is not even the first one to write a political children’s book.
The HBO host announced the book following a “Last Week Tonight” segment that was particularly critical of the vice president.
“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit that has also been published,” he said at the time. “While his is out tomorrow, ours is released right now.”
Profits for that book went to AIDS United and the Trevor Project. (Profits from Karen Pence’s went to Tracy’s Kids.)
Colbert and Oliver are joined in their interest in publishing books for kids (ostensibly) by “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. No surprise here, given Fallon’s apolitical reputation: “Everything is Mama” and “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA” make no mention of the current administration.
Stephanie Merry is editor of Book World.