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We’re Not Gonna Take It: A Children's Picture Book
By: Dee Snider & Margaret McCartney - Lyric Pop/Akashic Books, $16.95

Description: 'We’re Not Gonna Take It: A Children's Picture Book' is a playful picture book echoing 1980s hair band Twisted Sister's most popular antiestablishment anthem.

As part of their triple-platinum album Stay Hungry, 'We're Not Gonna Take It' spent fifteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number twenty-one.

Verdict: Targeted at an age range of 5-7 year-old's and running at a lush 32 pages, these magnificent, colorful, vibrantly illustrated and harmoniously told (through Dee Snider lyrics) stories are presented in 8.5"x8.5" glossy hardback books.

Featuring lyrics from songs that you would normally only ever hear on the radio, or coming out of the speakers of a record player (or, these days, computer, iPhone, etc.), each song (within the series) is a pocket of storytelling that spring forth to enlighten the mind or embrace the heart.

Here within 'We’re Not Gonna Take It: A Children's Picture Book,' we find the story that both parents and children can easily relate to, as we three toddlers are on a mission to defy their parents; whether it be lunchtime, bath time, or bedtime!

Indeed, Snider himself has admitted that he never imagined the song being relative to toddlers and infants and small children, but the realization was that rebellion is one of our first instincts!

"We have many first instincts of course — love, and hunger, things like that — but we also very quickly establish what we want and what we don’t want, and what we like and what we don’t like," Snider further explains.

"Being rebellious is something born in us and bred in us, and it is at our very core, so seeing those pictures was actually an education for me.”

Overall, the story is rather fun and can be spoken or even "gently" sung to your little ones, is my personal thought! Made with lines of humor throughout, it also offers some opportunities for the reader to mull over ideas with their children, and explain just why there are rules in existence: and, perhaps even, why rules should sometimes be questioned!

About the Author - While he is perhaps best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the '80s sensation Twisted Sister, there is so much more to Dee Snider.

He has starred in several reality TV shows and has been a frequent host on MTV. His own nationally syndicated radio show House of Hair will soon celebrate twenty-five years on over 200 stations in North America.

As a voiceover artist, he can be heard in many radio and TV commercials, animated shows, and documentaries. He also served a yearlong stint as the voice of MSNBC.

Margaret McCartney (illustrator) grew up in Washington, DC, where she played flute in the Police Boys & Girls Club Band and guitar in a band called Tuscadero.

She has met both Bill Clinton and Jimmy Walker. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Her work has appeared on everything from garden gloves to comics to her own line of children's wear, Winter Water Factory. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

She enjoys fiction and dumplings and her "crimes" include wrecking a moped in Thailand and opening for Cheap Trick!

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