Trumpeter: A New Children’s Comic Hero?

Recent political events have suggested a boisterous new character to feature in comic strips and children’s books. Readers, publishers and purveyors might welcome the advent of a new comic hero who knows everyone in Hollywood and wants to be famous all over the world. Popular children’s books, like, for example, Wind in the Willows with Toad of Toad Hall, have succeeded with a central character who is an adult person portrayed as a lovable animal that behaves like a spoilt child. The Disney Corporation might take an interest, seeing a new Donald Duck in the form of a large pink elephant surrounded by a troop of sycophantic baboons.

The hero of every children’s book must have arch enemies as well as devoted friends. The hated adversaries of the Trumpeter would be the press gang and media monsters who insist on loudly repeating every tiny tweet and Twitter emanating from the jungle, even those which have been brushed aside by the pink pachyderm as falsely fabricated by his enemies in order to disparage him. He insists on having the last word and the loudest word, as he asserts his supremacy in angry snorts of short duration. He will thwart his enemies by draining the swamp in which they thrive, but first he has to keep a promise to his acolytes by building a wall to keep out the orangutans.

Although he is loath to admit it, our hero might need help in his endeavours. The Bear Boss has rendered him assistance in the past but he may be reluctant to do so again as his role was never properly acknowledged or recompensed. The two mighty beasts may have to resist their great mutual attraction and content themselves with roaring at each other from afar. More savage snarls might have to be faced from the People’s Panda, although it could, on the other hand, offer valuable help with the wall-building project.

Many different sorts of animal live in the jungle and many more would like to do so. Some feel that the place is already too crowded while others wish to continue welcoming newcomers as their own forebears were welcomed in the past. The Trumpeter on becoming gatekeeper might see his role as selecting those who share his physiological and behavioural characteristics and rejecting all the rest, strong in the knowledge that many of his followers are of the King Kong Kind. Oh! How wonderful it would be if it were only a fairy tale!

Saint George, Rusty Knight, and Monster Tamer is a series of nine self-contained historical short stories which introduces George, a hapless knight who has an unusual skill for monster taming, and which, with wit and delightful aplomb takes the young reader on an adventurous journey though some significant moments in history.

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