Parents, if you think your children should be aware of something but don’t feel like explaining, not to worry! You can just shove a coloring book at them instead, because coloring books are the best way for children to learn. We admit, we were pretty surprised when we heard about Occupy , a 36-page coloring book about — you guessed it — the Occupy Wall Street movement that hit shelves yesterday. But with a little further investigation, we realize that we shouldn’t have been — inappropriate coloring books, from the political to the sexual to the just plain weird, are to be found all over. Some of these — The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, for instance — are meant to be satirical, but others are woefully, awkwardly serious. Click through to see our list of incredibly inappropriate coloring books for children and adults, and let us know which would make you get your crayons out in the comments.
If you’ve been feeling a burning desire to get out the crayons and color in scenes of police officers surveying protestors at Zuccotti Park, Guy Fawkes-faced protesters carrying the Golden bull, or, um, Rachel Maddow and Bill O’Reilly, this is the book for you. And by the way you guys, no matter how much you try to push the “grown-up coloring book novel” angle, no one’s fooled. Coloring books are for children. Just like Occupy Wall Street, right guys?
Speaking of really inappropriate coloring books about serious American events (in downtown Manhattan, no less), this year also brought us the 9/11 coloring book We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom. With this nifty book, children can color in a scene of a member of SEAL Team Six taking aim at an Islamic woman trying to protect Osama bin Laden, and read passages like this one: “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE. We must be prepared to know and understand the truth. America is FREE.” Yikes.
The Black Panther Coloring Book
As horrifying as this book is, it’s even worse when you realize that it was not even created by the Black Panther party, but rather by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s COINTELPRO program in an effort to discredit the organization. See more here.
Because you can never learn too early.
In The Pat Robertson and Friends Coloring Book, artist Kevin Stone illustrates the quotes of Pat Robertson (who famously said that ’75 to 80 percent of the illnesses in the United States are psychosomatic’), and other public figures like George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Jerry Falwell, and Ann Coulter. The book comes complete with a Pat Robertson paper doll — just don’t tell us what you do with it.
Yep, it’s just what it sounds like — pictures of hip-hop stars for you and your loved ones to color in at your leisure. Guns, cigars, and tattoos included.
Another Kevin Stone product, this one lets you draw all over your favorite conservative Christian pundits, like Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Note: most of those people also appear in the Occupy coloring book, so if you’re looking to experiment with different ‘looks’ for O’Reilly, you should probably buy the set.
This is not for children. But at least it’s better than this one.
Sexual Therapy Coloring Book
‘Color your way to mental health?’ Yes please. If only we could find a copy of this somewhere we could finally stop being crazy.
Briscoe and Curtis! Matching prints! Dead bodies! A complicated maze between arraignment and court trial! Law & Order is probably one of the least kid-appropriate shows to make into a coloring book, but it’s never been more fun.