by Jonah Winter
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Oh man. I am conflicted about how many stars to give this book. If we are looking at it purely as a picture book story for kids, then I would rank it maybe a 3 out of 5 stars. But if we are seeing it as part of this moment in time and a reaction to the political climate, I would say 5 out of 5 stars! I read this aloud to my “adults who read kids’ books” book club last night and we were all in stitches. We agreed that it earns the award for “least subtle picture book” – it stole the crown from The Wall in the Middle of The Book!
The eponymous fact in this story gets ignored and then worse, the Authorities claim it is not a fact and that it must say it is a lie! But the fact cannot do that, and so they lock it up in a box and bury it underground. But there it finds the other facts that have been buried, and together they break out. When they emerge, they find that the authorities have been producing lies and calling them facts. Even more heavy-handed are the actual facts, ranging from the benign “two plus two equals four” to “humans are descended from apes” to the blatant “humans are causing the earth to get warmer.” This book is not for the politically sensitive!