Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, director, and bestselling writer. He has starred in several television comedy series, including The State, Reno 911!, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, Inside Amy Schumer, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and Another Period.
His first children’s book was Chicken Cheeks (2009) and since then he has since published six more, plus four books for adults.
A Child’s First Book of Trump (2016) begs the question: What do you do when you spot a wild Trump? Black has some sage advice for children (and all the rest of us really) in this perfect parody picture book intended that would be hysterical if it wasn’t so true.
The beasty is called an American Trump.
Its skin is bright orange, its figure is plump.
Its fur so complex you might get enveloped.
Its hands though are, sadly, underdeveloped.
And, of course:
“Don’t respond to its brags, its taunts, or its jeers; Ignoring a Trump is a Trump’s biggest fear.”
He said the idea for the book came to him, as ideas come to all great writers, on a trip to the bathroom. He passed through the children’s books section of a Barnes & Noble on the way to the restroom and saw a book about Hillary Clinton aimed at inspiring young girls.
“It sort of made me laugh because I was wondering what possible inspirational book could you write about Trump. I sat down to write one, but the one I wrote was terrible. I wanted it to be funny, but it was kind of caustic and shrill. So I said let me go back and create something a little funnier and gentler and sillier.”
The result is the rhyming, whimsical A Child’s First Book Of Trump, with the central character that looks a bit like Dr. Seuss‘ Lorax with a big swoop of golden hair.
“Buried in there is a message applicable to larger issues, squeaky wheel issues — it may want the grease, but you don’t necessarily have to give it what it wants. You can just let it keep making noise.”
Black’s parents are Jewish (he is an atheist), and he has stated that he did not personally experience anti-Semitism until the political rise of Donald John Trump.
Black’s newest book for kids is I’m Sad, published last month by Simon & Schuster.