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Children’s author, illustrator tackle book tax with 'The Lore Tax'

Joshua Goudie and Craig Goudie have teamed up to make “The Lore Tax,” story inspired by Dr. Seuss and the provincial government’s book tax.
Joshua Goudie and Craig Goudie have teamed up to make “The Lore Tax,” story inspired by Dr. Seuss and the provincial government’s book tax.

Children’s author Joshua Goudie and illustrator Craig Goudie are taking on the province’s book tax the best way they know how: by delivering a story about it.

The father-and-son pair behind the books “Jack and the Magnificent Ugly Stick” and “Jack and the Hurricane” has now teamed up on “The Lore Tax” — a tale about how a king taxed a people’s culture, starting with books.

Joshua reads the story in a widely-shared video that was first posted Saturday.

“There once was a land washed by salt water shores, full of colourful houses and painted up doors. It was filled with incomparable, wonderful folk, from the songs that they sang to the way that they spoke,” the Dr. Seuss-inspired story begins.

Craig’s illustrations are also inspired by the author of “The Lorax,” and at one point depict Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball with a familiar, Grinchy smile.

“He put a tax on the books, said ‘I’ll do as I please! To prop up my kingdom I’ll give culture the squeeze,’” the story goes.

“The Lore Tax” comments on other controversies, including snowclearing and the announcement that dozens of libraries would close.

Then the author got creative with future measures: “He then taxed the savory, their favourite spice. Play two spoons together? Well, you were taxed twice! He taxed colours on houses. He taxed all that he saw. He even taxed mummers by the size of their bra.”

The story ends with the author asking people to contact their MHAs and to share the video.

“If we keep taxing our culture, well, the future looks glum. Culture’s not just who we are today. It’s also who we become.”

By Sunday morning, the video was already viewed more than 53,000 times and shared on Facebook by about 2,000 people.

To watch the video, click here.

The father-and-son pair behind the books “Jack and the Magnificent Ugly Stick” and “Jack and the Hurricane” has now teamed up on “The Lore Tax” — a tale about how a king taxed a people’s culture, starting with books.

Joshua reads the story in a widely-shared video that was first posted Saturday.

“There once was a land washed by salt water shores, full of colourful houses and painted up doors. It was filled with incomparable, wonderful folk, from the songs that they sang to the way that they spoke,” the Dr. Seuss-inspired story begins.

Craig’s illustrations are also inspired by the author of “The Lorax,” and at one point depict Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball with a familiar, Grinchy smile.

“He put a tax on the books, said ‘I’ll do as I please! To prop up my kingdom I’ll give culture the squeeze,’” the story goes.

“The Lore Tax” comments on other controversies, including snowclearing and the announcement that dozens of libraries would close.

Then the author got creative with future measures: “He then taxed the savory, their favourite spice. Play two spoons together? Well, you were taxed twice! He taxed colours on houses. He taxed all that he saw. He even taxed mummers by the size of their bra.”

The story ends with the author asking people to contact their MHAs and to share the video.

“If we keep taxing our culture, well, the future looks glum. Culture’s not just who we are today. It’s also who we become.”

By Sunday morning, the video was already viewed more than 53,000 times and shared on Facebook by about 2,000 people.

To watch the video, click here.

Joshua Goudie and Craig Goudie have teamed up to make “The Lore Tax,” story inspired by Dr. Seuss and the provincial government’s book tax.
Joshua Goudie and Craig Goudie have teamed up to make “The Lore Tax,” story inspired by Dr. Seuss and the provincial government’s book tax.

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