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Publisher of ‘Tea Party’ Coloring Book Getting Death Threats

The author-publisher of “The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids” says he has received death threats over its publication.

Wayne Bell, publisher of Clayton, Mo.-based Really Big Coloring Books, said in an interview with CBS that his $3.59 coloring book is not political. But some critics think the book was designed for politically conservative adults, and not for children.

“We’re not really making a political statement,” Bell told CBS, adding that his company also publishes coloring books on the Rockettes, Cirque du Soleil and President Obama.

Bell told on Thursday that his office began receiving “odd” phone calls and e-mails five days after the release of the coloring book on Sept. 5. Bell said he did not report those incidents to authorities.

“We don’t want to be overly dramatic about what’s happening,” Bell said. “We just kind of let it slide.”


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