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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607743922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607743927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Erich Origen and Gan Golan are public-transit-using, public-park-visiting, working-class elitists. They are also the New York Times bestselling authors of the books Goodnight Bush and The Adventures of Unemployed Man. Visit www.letmedrivethebus.com.

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AFTERWORD

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is the story of a creature putting his own impossible desires above everything and everyone, using all means necessary to achieve an end that is ridiculous and disastrous. Denied his impossible ambition, the bird grows angrier and has a full-blown tantrum. Such behavior is par for the course for your average three-year-old. But while a child’s tantrum may be “developmentally appropriate,” a rampaging id is more frightening in adults – and can have consequences that are far from cute. 

Republicans want government jobs, but they hate government. They prefer “market-based solutions” – like the Great Depression. Yup, the Republicans were driving the bus just before the Great Crash of 1929. After that disaster, Americans kicked the party to the curb and demanded a New Deal. It worked. From the 1940s to the 1970s, America experienced its Great Prosperity. Ever since then, Republicans have attempted to rewrite the rules. Just like the pigeon in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! they’ve tried everything to get us to hand over the keys. So charming, that bird.

The dominance of the Democratic species ended soon after the defeat of Jim Crow. Republicans smelled an opportunity and hatched the Southern Strategy, which has since migrated across the nation with wild success. 

Republican survival is now fully dependent on the American population remaining bitterly divided against itself. 

Today’s Republicans are more bigoted and anti-intellectual than ever. They want us to take everything on faith, most importantly the idea that markets are self-regulating — a notion that even Alan Greenspan has called a “mistake.” An unrestrained free-market utopia is an impossibility, and attempts to create one have resulted in bubble after bubble.

Not that the Democrats should get a free pass. Like Republicans, they’ve sold out to the casino-economy policies backed by Wall Street. They’ve joined the squawking of hawks, backed the indefinite caging of citizens, and flown with the Republican flock in pursuit of Juan Crow. Yet for all their faults, at least the Democrats profess to believe in the common good and occasionally make an effort at being the party of all Americans, not just a select few. 

Ideologies get passed down from one vulture to the next via regurgitation. We hope this book helps inoculate you against this strain of bird flu. In the meantime, if you don’t want to get thrown under it, then please... 
DON’T LET THE REPUBLICAN DRIVE THE BUS!

Finally, a book you can say "no" to! 

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Customer Reviews

This is indeed a parody done well.
Barbara A. Bolek
Despite the fact that I'm a Dem, it's certainly a total waste of my time and money.
Tricia K.
It will be a great conversation starter.
DJNFOX

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Bolek on August 17, 2012
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This is indeed a parody done well. If you've read and enjoyed the Pigeon books of Mo Willems, you'll enjoy this twisted little spin on the concept. Of course, if you are a Republican, yes...you may just be a little offended. But, if you're a Republican who is wondering what the heck happened to his Party, you may be secretly entertained by this book. The book is, page by page, a parody of the original children's book about a pigeon who has to have his way regardless of the potential consequences to himself and others. He's only thinking of himself and his desires or needs, and he's very demonstrative about it! In other words...he's got a lot of growing up to do. Sorta like our politics of today...each party is guilty of acting like spoiled children at times.

Obviously one early reviewer was offended by the material. And yes, political humor can be rough to handle at times. But when it is done well...it is done well. And this book is done well, no question. And if it is getting under the skin of some people, then you know the authors have done their job. This was the funniest, dead-on political parody I've read in awhile.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael B K on August 20, 2012
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From the team that brought us "Goodnight Bush" in 2008 comes this parody for 2012. While "Goodnight Bush" marked the end of an era with a kind of gleeful mockery, "Don't Let the Republican Drive the Bus" takes a slightly harsher (but still hilarious) tone to warn us about the crossroads our country is approaching. Using clever wordplay, witty illustrations, and a hefty dose of the you-have-to-laugh-to-keep-from-crying truth, Origen and Golan encourage us to think hard about who should drive our national bus!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nina on December 4, 2012
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I bought this book after writing a law school memo about whether it was a parody and qualified as fair use under the copyright law! It is definitely a great book especially timely because of the elections :)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Martello on August 20, 2012
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Is anyone else doing these kinds of parody? Is anyone doing them half as well? Taking a whacky children's book, spicing it up with biting quips taking the GOP to task, illustrating it perfectly and leaving you with more to think about then several dozen MSM bull-rap sessions, Origen and Golan steer us again into the pit of modern day political delirium. And I echo a previous review: Take this and O and G's The Adventures of Unemployed Man into the voting booth and election day, should it come to a town near you, will be even more rewarding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJNFOX on December 20, 2012
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This is a clever and very funny book that attacks the current Republican view of the world. It is the perfect gift for any Democrat you love or any Republican you don't. Buy a copy for dramatic reading at your extended family holiday dinner. It will be a great conversation starter.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Garofoli on August 22, 2012
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This is hilarious, poignant, timely book for voters that actually had me turning back the pages to re-read parts and sent me googling to learn more about info presented in the book. I know it's simply a parody picture book, but it's much more! After reading I bought copies for all my nieces/nephews to help educate themselves on some of the issues facing our country and the thoughtful blurb at the back about the importance of voting...I hope it reaches those who don't always think their vote counts. Sure, it's from democratic perspective, but even my niece who is (gulp) republican appreciated the book and we had some interesting conversations after she read it.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Roe on August 15, 2012
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Origen & Golan have yet to disappoint me. Brilliant, "fair & balanced" Liberal humor. Buy this and "Unemployed Man" and you'll be all set for the election season.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sonia beers on August 15, 2012
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this is a must-have! it's funny to be sure, but there are some excellent points made about the poor logic and malicious intent of the Right-wing power brokers.
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