I've just spotted what could be a nice addition to the bookstore for baby Nazis; I know, I know, good intentions and all that but please:
It's not the little straight-armed sideways heil on the cover that bugs me so much; it's the text inside: "We follow the rules. We line up. We follow the rules. We sit down. We follow the rules. We walk. We follow the rules. We raise our hands. We follow the rules. . . . ." Readers who enjoyed My Pet Goat might be the audience for this one, I'm just sayin'.
I'm reminded of a story Maurice Sendak told me about a time, years ago, when he and Else Minarik (the author of the Little Bear books) were doing a school visit together. Minarik was reading Sendak's Pierre aloud to an auditorium of kids, and, as kids will, they were all soon lustily shouting along with each "I don't care!" As Maurice told it, she came offstage afterwards and said "Jesus Christ, it sounded like the Bund."