Tea Party Coloring Books Sell Fast, Spur Controversy (VIDEO)

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A fun activity for tea party families everywhere: tea party coloring books.

The new coloring books — published by the St. Louis-based Really Big Coloring Books Inc. and selling for about $4 each — have been so popular that Wayne Bell, the publisher and author of the book, said he’s having to reprint more books every day.

Bell has said he’s not making a political statement with the book, but it hasn’t been without controversy. He says he’s received email and phone death threats in response to the book’s publication.But Bell seems to be brushing off the threats, telling Fox News today: “We think a lot of these people that make these threats are probably bloggers. They’re sitting in maybe a room somewhere and they’re just being over-reactive.”

The book is targeted at 2- to 10-year-olds and includes such lessons as:

“When taxes are too high, the high tax takes away jobs and freedom. In 1773 we had a Tea Party and this led to freedom from high taxes. Today we are having another Tea Party and this will lead to freedom from high taxes again! Ask grandma and grandpa what this means. Ask your friends what this means. Are you going to have your own tea party?”

Big Coloring Books did research for the book by interviewing Tea Party members across the country. “We knew there was a need for a tea party coloring book,” Bell said. Big Coloring Books also publishes an Obama coloring book.

Fox’s Jenna Lee told Bell that 96 percent of viewers who weighed in on the tea party coloring book said they would consider buying one.

Watch the interview:

h/t The Guardian.

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