Friday, January 27, 2017

Storystorm Day #27: The Backward President

Yup, I'm going political again! I don't know how publishable these political picture books will be, but writing them is doing me a lot of good. Today's story evokes George Orwell's 1984 by imagining (without too much effort) a "backward president" who says things like, "Ignorance is knowledge," or "Protest is violence," or "Voting is cheating."

Here's how it oh so innocently begins:
Once, there was a backward president that everybody thought was very funny. 
“Left is right,” he would say. Or, “Up is down.” 
And we would laugh to see him turning the wrong way down one way streets, or trying to eat his breakfast while standing on his head. 
“Look at the backward president,” we would say. 
He said, “Small is big,” and we laughed again, because he was a very, very small man who thought he was the biggest man in the world. 
One day, though, he said, “Backward is forward,” and suddenly, we weren’t so sure he was all that funny.

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