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‘I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)’ by Stephen Colbert

Glenn Beck has a couple. Queen Latifah also has one to her credit. Sarah Ferguson, the duchess of York, has several, and Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Buffett, and Dolly Parton published theirs years ago. Even President Obama wrote one. The only thing surprising about Stephen Colbert penning a picture book is that it has taken him this long.

Colbert, who is famous for his tongue-in-cheek performance as the conservative host of late-night cable television’s “Colbert Report,” explained to his studio audience in January why he wanted to write a book for kids: “Nation, anyone that knows me knows that I don’t like children or books or children’s books. But I do respect the free market and children’s books still sell.” His debut, an adults-only take on picture books, “I Am a Pole (And So Can You!),” is so deliberately bad and his fan base is so fervent that it’s guaranteed to be a success — an ironic one, of course.

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