Hardcover picture book,
8.5 inches x 11.5 inches
Ages: 7 to 107
RED WHITE AND BLUEBELLE
Carrot Top Press introduces our flagship picture book, RED WHITE AND BLUEBELLE,
a children's political parody about voting in a presidential election starring Bluebelle the Donkey and Donald Trump as Ronald Trunk the Elephant.
Kirkus Review:"Martin's cartoon illustrations, like those in Ruby's buttons (2019), are comical and exactly match the tone of Burnam's rhyming stanzas..."
Amazon (see more Amazon reviews)
"What a 5-Star-terrific book! In the spirit of Shel Silverstein - forget demographics: it's not just for kids, it's for everybody. As clever and smart and it is funny & entertaining: this 21st century fable captures the adrenaline of a Presidential election. Wonderfully written and whimsically illustrated, author & artist have created a colorful, wacky world filled with charismatic characters..."
Goodreads (see more Goodreads reviews)
"...at its core, RED, WHITE, AND BLUEBELLE is not about politics--it's about patriotism..."
About the Book
Bluebelle and Elephant vie to become president of the zoo, but can their friendship survive the presidential race? Lyrically written with a healing message, Red, White, and Bluebelle explores differences in campaign platforms and the importance of voting. Based upon the Democrat vs. Republican presidential platforms, children will chuckle at the memorable text while adults will recognize the deeper context and symbolism.
About the Author
Jessie Burnam has educated students with special needs from the elementary school years through the post-secondary. She strives to write picture books with rhythmic and memorable text. Jessie also authored Trumpet Song, a modern retelling of The Ugly Duckling and a Writer's Digest Annual Contest Award Winner.
About the Illustrator
Brian Martin launched his career as a nationally syndicated cartoonist of Creek and Imagine That. He's illustrated over 20 picture books, including the beloved series, The Adventures of Connor the Courageous Cutter, a recipient of the International Book Awards.
Backstory to the Story
Jessie Burnam wrote R ED WHITE AND BLUEBELLE, and Brian Martin was its illustrator. When Brian signed onto this unique project, the first version of the manuscript mirrored the cadence and rhythm of Irving Berlin's song, Anything you can do, I can do better. Berlin had composed the music for the musical Annie Get Your Gun, later made into a popular movie. During this song, Annie Oakley and Frank Butler sing about how they can competitively outdo one another with virtually anything. Check out this YouTube link of their lively and humorous performance.
The topic of RED WHITE AND BLUEBELLE is a highly sensitive one, as it reflects the Clinton and Trump political campaign and the current Democrat versus Republican platforms. Jessie Burnam revisited her manuscript and completely rewrote a new and more kid-friendly version. She retained the bantering tone between Bluebelle and Trunk and honored the competitiveness of Irving Berlin's song. Jessie's goal was to create a uniquely nonpartisan story with the true spirit of a picture book for young kids and a political parody for big kids of all ages. With Brian Martin's illustrations, one can envision the evolution and changes of the first story's adult characters to the revised story with childlike ones.