'Going Rouge': The Sarah Palin coloring book
By Stephen Lowman
Love her or hate her, people are drawn to Sarah Palin. Now, a new book wants you to color her.
One year after the race for the White House, publishers have released several books about the GOP vice presidential candidate. The most anticipated is her own memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," which lands on store shelves on Nov. 17 and is tops in pre-orders on Amazon and Barnes & Noble's websites.
Will there be parodies? You betcha.
In fact, the two spoof books share the same title. "Going Rouge: Sarah Palin - An American Nightmare" features essays by writers for The Nation, a liberal magazine. The other is "Going Rouge -- The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring and Activity Book" by husband and wife team Julie Sigwart and Michael Stinson.
"That other book just has a bunch of words," joked Stinson of The Nation's book. "We got pictures!"
But coloring pictures is only half of it. There are mazes such as "Help Sarah find her way to the White House" (hint: it's impossible) and a cut-out paper doll page titled "Dress Sarah for Success!" (wardrobe options include an Alaskan wolf pelt skirt). There's also a word search with this theme: "Sarah wins nomination for Pres! Who will she pick for her Veep?" Names to be found include Rush Limbaugh, Joe the Plummer, and Hairstylist.
Stinson, 57, and his wife are long-time liberal political activists who live in Ocean Pines, Md., and work as graphic artists.
He is also well acquainted with the Alaskan terrain. He worked there as a uranium prospector in the 1970s. At one point the helicopter he was flying in crashed over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Stinson, along with the rest of crew, spent a week in the remote wilderness before they were found. ("We actually did talk about cannibalism.")
Echoing Palin's "drill, baby, drill" statement from her vice presidential debate, he said the goal of the coloring book is to have it "sell, baby, sell!" He called the response to date "phenomenal," especially among bookstores in Alaska.
"We decided to do something playful and spontaneous," said Stinson, who used to collect every issue of Mad Magazine. "We also figured a coloring book was the perfect vehicle in which to lampoon her."
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