And now, for you smarty-pants kids…
Okay, publishing staff, I’ll tell you why we called this meeting.
Children’s books aren’t selling as well as they used to. We need to retool them a bit for today’s more sophisticated kids, and for the the dads who do the bedtime reading.
You know, maybe even a tad risqué.
Now, Lamar has been brainstorming this, and he has some ideas for us. Lamar, fill us in….
Well Boss, Everybody likes the “Paddington Bear” books. He’s so cute, with that cute little raincoat and those big boots….
The story has gone as far as it can go in that direction. But what if Paddington has a trampy 21-year-old sister who’s kinda loose with the guys?
See, she dresses like Paddington, except her raincoat and boots and bag are all in bright red, and she’s always sneaking off to mess around with boys she just met.
Very interesting. And what’s the working title of the new book, Lamar?
Are you ready, Boss? “Paddington Bare.”
Very nice, Lamar! Let’s green-light that sucker! Is there anything else in the pipeline for our new Smarty-Pants Kids imprint?
Sure Boss, we’ve updated the ever-popular “Pat the Bunny” book. Now it’s a story about a “Playboy” centerfold.
Sounds great! And the new title?
Oh, we think “Pat the Bunny” will still work fine for that one, Boss.
Left: A model presents a creation by Blumarine during the Autumn/Winter 2011 women collection show at Milan’s Fashion Week February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Right: Paddington Bear