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The Politically Correct Ultimate Storybook: Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Politically Correct Holiday Stories, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time (Politically Correct Bedtime Stories #1-2)

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James Finn Garner wowed the world when he wrote Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, which sold nearly 2 million copies, and then followed it up with two books with the same theme, Politically Correct Holiday Stories and Once Upon An Enlightened Time; the three books together sold nearly 3.5 million copies in the U.S. and were translated into 20 languages. Garner's incisiv ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Smithmark Publishers (first published 1995)
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Margitte
Nov 18, 2016 Margitte rated it it was amazing
I just wanted to add this book to my library, after thinking about it this morning.

I read it several years ago and cannot remember enough to review it. It was a hilarious undertaking though and brought many hours of mirth into a often very busy, stressful existence.

Rapunzel takes matters in to her own hands; Sleeping Beauty is now known as The Sleeping Person of Better Than Average Attractiveness; Rudolph is recognized as A Nasally Empowered Reindeer; Frosty The Snowman becomes Frosty the Persun
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Jason Sixsmith
Apr 23, 2008 Jason Sixsmith rated it really liked it
Hysterical!
These revised versions of classic fairy tales, updated to "appeal" to the post-modern reader do an excellent job of *lambasting feminists, environmentalists, and other hyper-sensitive/easily-offended groups.

*Can I still use the word "lambasting" or do lambs find that offensive now?

Here's an excerpt from Little Red Riding Hood:

'The wolf said, "I am happy with who I am and what I am," and leaped out of bed. He grabbed Red Riding Hood in his claws, intent on devouring her. Red Riding
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Nicole
Jul 11, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I thought this book would be hilarious... politically correct fairy tales, how could that not be funny? Again, I was wrong. Apparently, to James Finn Garner, political correctness is something experienced only by left-wing thinkers (far, far left wing), which was kind of insulting to everyone else. Almost every story touted the "rightness" of left-wingers, vegetarians, and global warming activists (please!). If I want to read about all this mumbo-jumbo, I can just pick up any newspaper article a ...more
Damar dara
Dec 26, 2007 Damar dara rated it liked it
[close] 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 glarin ...more
Ebster Davis
Apr 29, 2009 Ebster Davis rated it really liked it
I thought this book was qute funny.
This is a short book, but I find it worth re-reading.
Each story is a dramaticly altered retelling of a fairy tale such as Cinderella, the Piper of Hamleton, Three Little Pigs, and the three Bears: words and phrases are replaced, story arcs are changed, and commentary is added in any place in the story that could possibly offend anyone who is not a white male.

The way in which the stories are told makes the authors view on political correctness and the limits i
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Kylie Walter
Oct 26, 2011 Kylie Walter rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-334
I think that this book is hillarious. It is funny for all ags. When I was younger my mom would always tell me the clasic fairy tales and then when I was a little bit older my mom found this book and strted telling me them. They are great because they girl the sotries that we all know and love and turned them upside down. When reading a book like this one you get to hear different sides to the diffrent charachters in the story. I can still read these stories and laugh. It is definately a book tha ...more
Joey's
Aug 03, 2010 Joey's rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! It really brings into focus just how screwed up this nation is becoming -thanks to all of our politicians and those that know better than the rest of us- (tongue in cheek!) We try so hard to be 'politically correct' that we are loosing our own identity. We become a hodge podge of goo instead of individuals with our own personalities; everyone blends in instead of standing out. Whatever happened to 'marching to the beat of your own drummer'? If you want a good laugh at political c ...more
Anna
I picked this up at a used book store, in disbelief that I could find this omnibus for such a good price ($8) after I saw one of the volumes that my friend had. It took awhile to finally pick it up. When I did, it was a fast read that gave me a lot of chuckles. I had forgotten how extremist liberals can be soooo irritating, but it was interesting and informative to delve into the social commentary. I don't think I could make myself read it again, though. One amusing, clever, and irritating lesso ...more
Alexandra-nicoleta Firica
Funny book, nicely written.
It even managed to surprise me, because I did not expect the endings to the stories to be different.

I consider it worth the time and I recommend it especially when you are feeling down, because it is bound to bring a smile on your face. :)
Aiysha Alamgir
Apr 04, 2013 Aiysha Alamgir rated it it was amazing
Passed down through generations and across culture through time, fairy tales have always been a way to transfer sociocultural values to our young. These fairy tales deal with modern issues (like trigger-happy people who love to sue) in a sarcastic manner. It's a definite hit!
Cheryl
Feb 15, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 7 of 10 thorns

Simply brilliant. Humorous. I absolutely love this book.

The only reason I didn't give this collection 10 stars is because there was one story that seemed to validate victim-blaming, though I'm sure it was by no conscious intention of the author.
Nikki Nielsen
Feb 28, 2008 Nikki Nielsen rated it really liked it
I brought this book to my psychology class in High School and my teacher wouldn't let me have it back! I had to buy another copy. The disclaimers and excessive use of 'political' correct terms are hilarious and I took them more as a mockery of our society than anything else.
Laura
Sep 10, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
I like linguistics for linguistic's sake. Turning a phrase over and over again until it's so PC it discrimates against declarative statements is laugh out loud funny to me. So I enjoyed this book very much.
Naomi
Oct 09, 2007 Naomi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who drools on sarcasm
Shelves: bestrecommended
Wanna know the dirty political maneuvers held in the fairy lands? This fascinating book would be a great encounter!

Warning: Try not to eat too much. Fat chance that you'd be throwing up for laughing!
Kylene
Jan 11, 2011 Kylene rated it really liked it
Hilarious! We read these in high school, and I had to buy the book several years later when I saw it on sale. It just shows how crazy PC our world is getting. What about the people who are offended by political correctiveness? LOL.
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Lindsay
Sep 11, 2008 Lindsay rated it liked it
I had a sixth grader who read this over and over and over all year long. We had to throw away the jacket because it was so beat up. I'm pretty sure Mom read some of these with Kate and me.
Joe
Jul 19, 2009 Joe added it
HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Emily
Sep 08, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
#7: a book with non-human characters
Michele
Jun 12, 2009 Michele rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I had a good laugh over this one.
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