Goodnight Mao jumping over the moon
And the red commune
And goodnight air raid
And goodnight glocks
Goodnight Deng Xiao Ping
And goodnight lao Beijing
And goodnight Shanghai
Goodnight egg fu yung
Goodnight fetid dung
And goodnight to the old lady’s festering black lung
Goodnight unseen stars
Goodnight hazy air
Goodnight voices (of dissent) everywhere
I was inspired to write this parody of the American children’s classic, Goodnight Moon, by several Chinese gun and weaponry books for young children.
The first book for is,《超级小枪迷》(Super Small Gun Enthusiast, Chāojí Xiǎo Qiāng Mí).
This book features 71 full-color photographs of pistols, rifles and automatic weapons, each labeled with basic information and country of make.
Other books in this series, as listed on the back cover, include more predictable children’s titles, such as: Animal Stories, English ABCs, (Chinese) Idioms, and Math 123.
The second book is the more cuddly,《武器》(Weapons, Wǔqì).
In addition to featuring a super cute tank ( it’s so cheerful, how could it even think of running over 1989’s Tank Man! ), it also catalogues a wider range of weaponry such as air craft carriers, fighter jets, tanks and helicopters.
Are you based in China? What grim children’s book gems have you stumbled across in the bookstore?
With thanks to Marilyn D. for giving me copies of these too-horrible-too-be-true children’s books.