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'Occupy' protesters mint their own colouring book

November 08, 2011

Occupy DC supporter Mary Ann Crayton from Chesterton, Indiana holds a copy of the adult coloring book “Occupy” November 7, 2011 in McPherson Square in Washington, DC. - AFP Photo

CHICAGO: Anti-Wall Street protesters have a new way to pass the time: an “Occupy” colouring book complete with songs and a visit from Robin Hood.

The “grown-up colouring book novel” was released last week by Really Big Colouring Books, a Missouri-based publisher that recently made headlines with a controversial colouring book about the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“We think we're onto something with these cultural pieces that truly reflect what people want to hear and want to say,” said publisher Wayne Bell.

The company's first big hit came when it published a Barack Obama colouring book just four days after he won the historic 2008 US presidential election. It also had a great deal of success with a colouring book about the conservative Tea Party movement.

The aim of the books is not to promote a particular political agenda, Bell said, but to give parents an outlet to discuss important issues and current events with their children.

“We know a lot of people are going to love it and other people are going to make fun of it,” Bell told AFP. “It's really an interesting reflection on what's going on out in the streets.”

To keep the book balanced, Bell's teams spoke with people across the political spectrum about the Occupy movement and included two pages showing what pundits on the right and the left are saying about it.

To keep it fun, they included a maze, a crossword puzzle and a 1% Golden Bull Guilt Relief Form to help the rich donate their wealth to the needy.

The original songs are perhaps the best part.

One titled “Humpty Grumpty” goes: “Investments, Investments, sat on a wall; Investments, Investments had a great fall. The Congress and Senate and President's men; Couldn't put Dollars and Sense together again.”

Bell's favorite is “Sing a Song of Sixpence”:  Sing a song of sixpence; my pockets have gone dry. Nine & twenty A.P.R. why even try? The mortgage rate has opened, and I don't have a thing. Pitch a tent in the city park, my things I will bring.”