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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; Expanded edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285640410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285640412
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of those works which cleave an author instantly to your heart… It is beautiful. It demolishes, in few but elegant words, a dozen kinds of silliness. --Libby Purves, The Times

Not only essential reading for adults of all ages, but also the wisest, funniest, most thoughtful thing yet written on the subject of PC. --The Observer

The definitive, non-exploitative, non-patriarchalist (dontcha hate doing that to the kids?) … collection of bedtime stories. --Daily Telegraph

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James Finn Garner is the descendant of dead white Europeans, is a writer and performer in Chicago.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first purchased this book years ago on a whim and made the mistake of reading it on the train home: the other passengers were extremely unnerved as I was in hysterics after the first page and could not stop sniggering throughout the whole journey. The book now has pride of place on my coffee table and most visitors who leafed through it ended up buying a copy themselves. Is there any better recommendation than that? Wether you read about Snowwhite and the vertically challenged men or about little red riding hood setting up a commune with the wolf and her grandmother, this book is something for both old and young (possibly with a light advantage towards the former). A must buy (and an ideal gift for anyone.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Keane Listener on 6 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is for anyone who likes parodys or mocking the political systems. it is a 'value for money' book,as itwill have you laughing all the time (due to its humorous twists and phrases.) The book is composed of several 're-looks' at popular Fairy-Tales and Nursery Stories. I thoroughly recommend this book for everyone, as although it is based on Fairy Tales; its updated twists,endings and political humor makes it more adult- but keeping it light and not boring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd on 3 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
When a bandwagon reaches the point that it is subject to satirical spoofs, it's a good indication that said bandwagon has traveled way to far. `Political correctness' is one such bandwagon, and this little book is a pretty good attempt at poking pins in its over-inflated rhetoric.

From The Emperor's New Clothes with disastrous consequences for our economically disadvantaged tailor to Chicken Little's (the name not being any attempt to classify said person as physically sized-disadvantaged) attempt to find a lawyer so she can sue whomever caused the sky to fall on her head causing her great emotional distress, the stories in this book will often bring a chuckle, and might cause one to reflect on the real world item the story is spoofing. The stories are modified from the traditional ones by more than just the insertion of `politically correct' language, as the endings are twisted into their own version of just how the politically correct version of the world would have things play out.

However, I'd recommend that this be read one story at time, with long days between stories, as they do become somewhat repetitive when read all at one gulp, losing some of their charm in the process. The insertion of the PC verbiage becomes expectable and not as funny, so that the occasional non-PC aside stands out, like his comment on the seven dwarves living arrangements (7 beds, 7 TV's, 7 stacks of dirty dishes) as possibly being the abode of a sloppy numerologist.

A fun little diversion, best when eaten in small bites.

--Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Once upon a time in the olden days, heavy-set middle-aged men would congregate in their elitist clubs, sit in overstuffed leather chairs, smoke air-choking cigars, and pitch story ideas and plots to each other." The resulting stories have been passed down to us as the mind-polluting bedtime tales used to warp the minds of our generation.

No need to continue this travesty. James Finn Garner has edited these stories with the ruthless, post-modern sensibility of a San Francisco school board. His diligence has midwifed the thirteen stories in this book.

The stories introduce the following inspiring role models:

The young person Red Riding Hood who set off to empower her grandmother with a basket of healthful snacks, even though said grandmother was perfectly capable of taking care of herself as a mature adult.

The Emperor, who had been turned into a vain and wisdom-challenged tyrant by a lifetime of belief in the absolute legitimacy of the monarchy and in the inherent superiority of males, was sufficiently enlightened to endorse a clothing-optional lifestyle.

The three little pigs, who set up a model socialist democracy with free education, universal health care, and affordable housing for everyone. Copyright notice: Despite any imagined similarities, these pigs are completely different from any pigs George Orwell may have disrespectfully written about.

The three codependent goats gruff. `Nuff said.

Three bears, who lived together in a nuclear family, even though the nuclear family has traditionally served to enslave womyn, instill a self-righteous moralism in its members, and imprint rigid notions of heterosexualist roles onto the next generation.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 29 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bedtime stories are probably among the oldest forms of tale-telling there is in human history. Before epic poetry, before political speeches, before religious tales of awe, there were people sitting around campfires and living in caves, caring for their young, speaking soothing sounds to their young.
Bedtime stories were quickly discerned to be an excellent way in which to reinforce not only language skills, but culture and accepted morality, too.
So, why is it that fairy tales, the more-modern equivalent of these stories, became canonised and thus immutable by the likes of the Brothers Grimm, etc.? Just what does Hansel & Gretel or the Little Red Riding Hood mean for us today, beyond being good stories?
And, are they good stories? Should we teach children there are houses made of candy and cookies out in the woods? This is the kind of question addressed in this delightful little collection, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
Now, before you get your knickers in a twist, realise that this is all in fun, but, as it is fun, highlights certain important points nonetheless. Political correctness can be stretched to the limits of absurdity, like almost anything carried to and beyond its logical limits. That is not to say that political correctness is all bad. But, we do approach a time when nothing can be said for fear of offending someone somewhere at some time.
James Finn Garner highlights this in his introduction, by saying if he has inadvertently displayed any sexist, racist, culturalist, nationalist, regionalist, ageist, lookist, ableist, sizeist, speciesist, intellectualist, socioeconomicist, ethnocentrist, phallocentrist, heteropatriarchalist, or other type of bias as yet unnamed, he apologizes and encourages your suggestions for rectification.
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