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Politically Correct, the Ultimate Storybook: Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Nce upon a More Enlightened Time, Political Correct Holiday Stories Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Smithmark Pub (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765108674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765108678
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bedtime stories will never again be the same--at least not after reading James Finn Garner, who, in surprisingly true Fairy Godmother fashion, waved his authorial wand and revised a large collection of fairy tales and holiday lore in Politically Correct: The Ultimate Storybook. This volume compiles his three separately published books, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, and Politically Correct Holiday Stories, examining the many "isms," whether glaringly obvious or more subtle, inherent in traditional favorites.

The tales begin similarly to their Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson predecessors, but veer suddenly to incorporate non-offensive, politically correct language and modern issues that range from overzealous lawyers to rampant real estate development to the destruction of the environment. Garner refashions over two dozen tales including Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, plucking damsels and the disenfranchised from captive plot lines, increasing their self-awareness, spunk and dialogue ten-fold, then settles them comfortably back into tales where they can live happily ever after as confident, happy, successful entrepreneurs with a social mission.

The disclaimers preceding each of the three sections, as well as the abundant use of politically correct speech throughout the collection, appears at times more of a pointed mockery than a true attempt to enlighten stories locked in medieval thought. The tales do however, offer a witty and clever alternative to spoon-fed tradition. --Mara Shurgot


More About the Author

James Finn Garner's best known book is "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories", which spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, including six weeks in the top position. The book was also a best-seller in England and Canada, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Its sequels, "Once Upon A More Enlightened Time" and "Politically Correct Holiday Stories", were also best sellers sold around the world.

His most recent work is "Tea Party Fairy Tales", which is available exclusively as a Kindle Single from Amazon.

His 2011 novel -- the seminal Clown Noir, "Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex Koko, Private Clown Mystery" -- was voted Book of the Year (Nontraditional Fiction) by the Chicago Writers Association. His other books include "Recut Madness: Favorite Films Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure" and "Apocalypse WOW: A Memoir for the End of Time".

A former columnist with Chicago Magazine, Garner has broadcast commentaries on National Public Radio.

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The reading is a great laugh.
Nicole Bunker
I really enjoyed the authors humour in telling the stories over only in a politically correct way.
R. Bounds
This book was funny, witty, and had a wry sense of humor.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Politically Correct Bedtime Stories" is, in truth, a hilarious book that will have you busting at the seams. However, it is also a mocking reflection of the Monster we have created that we call "Political Correctness." One excerpt that had me cringing was from "Chicken Little" when Henny Penny tends her garden with "...no fertilizer, insecticide, and no herbicide and allowed the various non-edible types of wildflower (sometimes called weeds) to mingle with her food crop..." Garner is indeed hysterical, but it also makes you step back and think a minute. What has our society really become? Is it really necessary to distinguish that Little Red Riding Hood is a "person" and not a "girl?" Since when was it offensive to denote someone's gender? I salute Mr. Garner on his awesome achievement, and I hope it shakes up people's minds as much as it shakes them up with laughter.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lorrie on February 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When one has read every fairy tale out there, it's refreshing to come to one that has put a new twist on the old classics. It pokes fun at everybody by attempting to poke fun at nobody. Warning! Do not read this book if you are a person who takes things too seriously. If you're actually worried about every single person who may be offended by something, then this book probably isn't for you. For those of you who like to laugh at society, though, and the silly things we all say, then you've come to the right place. It's a more enlightened time, surely, when we are finally able to laugh at ourselves. Besides that, even though stories like "The Duckling That Was Judged On Its Personal Merits And Not On Its Physical Appearance," were deleted due to space reasons, this book will leave you in stitches!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jones on September 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Finn Garner has taken the Politically Correct movement to its logical extreme in Politically Correct, the Ultimtate Storybook and shown just how truly ridiculous it is. These stories are best read aloud to a group. However, you may have trouble finishing the story due to the necessary pauses while waiting for the laughter to die down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nihilist Girl on February 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is hilarous! I loved it, it was awsome! Anyone that enjoys silly and sarcastic humor who isn't so 'uptight' about things should read this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
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This book hits the nail on the head! In our ultra politically correct times it is comforting to see that not everyone fails to see the inherant humor in them.We get so caught up in saying the right thing all the time we forget how dangerous it can be not to feel free enough to express our own oppinions and views. This very funny and insightful book shows us how entirely silly our society has become in its fear of saying the wrong thing. If we were always afraid of who we might offend what would happen to the oldest and best loved folk tales of our time? This book answers those questions with a hearty belly laugh from begining to end. AndIf you don't love this book...lighten up man!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neil Calvert on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've read the other reviews and they are all fine but, I think, miss the real pleasure of this book. It needs to be read to your spouse/lover in bed! It's witty and really, really funny and will put you in the best mood for enjoying a good night's sleep -- or whatever. Savor it one chapter at a time, over and over...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cuckoo Pine Nut on September 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I first read some of these stories quite a while ago. I enjoyed the Snow White story quite a bit, and having spent some time in a trailer park, I can easily understand the people in Pied Piper of Hamelin. Although I am not a feminist and think personally that the old values are better than the new ones, I can still appreciate the humour in most of the stories. I can't say I enjoyed all of them though.
Mostly the reason I got this book was because of the Christmas collection, which is by far the best set of these stories that James Garner has done. This section gets three of my stars.
"The Night Before Solstice" is a very well-done parody. "The children were nestled all snug in their beds, dreaming of lentils and warm whole-grain breads..." He talks about how overfed Santa is and how bad smoking is for Santa's health.
"Frosty the Snowman" concerns two argumentative children who build a snowman and when he tells them he's going to melt, they march to Washington to protest about abuse of the ozone layer.
"Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is the story of a disliked outsider who suddenly became OK to Santa when Santa could get some use out of him. But Rudolf won't have any of it. He says the deer are underprivileged and need a more flexible work schedule and a retirement plan.ù
"The Nutcracker" is in here too, but at the time I read it I didn't know the real story and therefore it didn't make any impression on me.
The there's "A Christmas Carol"... You know, the story that begins with that famous line: "Jacob Marley was non-viable." The ghosts try to teach him all he needs to know. The second one in particular I remember. He was a fat slob and went from house to house to raid the fridge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spence the Elder on January 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Politically Correct Storybook

I found, "Politically Correct Storybook", a very amusing commentary on our modern, "wossified", don't offend any political group, gender, race, creed, alternative lifestyle or anything else for that matter, (unless of course it happens to be of male Northern European origin). A good friend of mine gave me a copy knowing that I had just read and reviewed, "Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales", and said that I needed a brake from the serious reading, she was right. This was like a cool breeze of fresh humorous air on a hot solemn day. I can relate to Mr. Garner's plight of being , in his own words, "the descendant of dead white European males".

All and all a very amusing satirical look in the mirror. It's a good thing to be able to look at the absurdities of social life and be able to laugh at them. Otherwise you end up believing them. The only problem I have with the work is not the book itself but with the people who read it and say to themselves, "It's about time they redid these!". The scary thing is, those folks are out there.
Well done Mr. Garner, thanks for the laughs.

In Frith,
Spence The Elder
"Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc"
M. Addams
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