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In November, we called your attention to “A Children’s Book of Demons,” an occultist’s book for children who wish to summon demons as a means of “creative problem-solving.”
Last week, however, we learned that our exposé of this demonic children’s book may have led to two major retailers pulling it from their shelves. Praise God!!
According to a report by The Christian Post, Walmart and Target quietly took down listings for the book on their online stores. Although neither store offered comment at the time, we are incredibly thankful that they are no longer selling this evil book.
Amazon, Books-A-Million, and Barnes And Noble, however, still sell the book for anywhere from $10 to $12. You know what this means, folks. Our work isn’t finished yet!
The book, written by Aaron Leighton, self-described as “an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult,” first hit bookstore shelves back in July.
The Canadian Review of Materials (CM) reviewed the book, highlighting the fun children can have summoning the fictitious “demons” within its pages:
Any lingering concern that Leighton is leading children down an occult path will be dispelled as soon as readers meet the book’s first demon, Borborigma. What youngster hasn’t, at one time or another, grumbled about taking out the garbage or resisted eating the last bits on her/his plate? Calling Borborigma would solve the problem as this demon “is a repulsive spirit who will happily devour all sorts of disgusting foods, table scraps.” Leighton offers a word of caution regarding Borborigma as his tastes are not limited to the gross, and he “will also eat food you do like, as well as your plate and cutlery, so watch out.”
Beginning with Borborigma, Leighton then alphabetically introduces young readers to a total of 20 demons, concluding with Zervos who evidently loves to do chores and errands for whoever calls him. Each demon is treated via a pair of facing pages, with one page carrying the text and the other Leighton’s artistic representation of what the demon would look like – if you were able to see it. Being bullied? Pugni can be your personal demon bodyguard. Don’t like PE class or playing sports? Jokko, a sports-obsessed demon, will happily take your place. Left completing that school project until the very last minute? Eruditi adores homework and constructing dioramas. Whatever a child’s “need”, Leighton suggests there is a demon on call.
The book’s publisher, Toronto-based Koyama Press, however, doesn’t paint the book in such a playful light. Instead, their tongue-in-cheek description cautions children to “be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons.”
“These pages contain an unruly bunch of spirits who are not company for the faint of heart, as they love nothing more than mayhem and mischief,” the book’s preface reads, according to the CM review. “However, with a few tips and a little bravery, you can turn these unholy troublemakers into potential allies who can solve your most serious problems. But before you go playing with fire, there are a few things you should probably keep in mind.”
The book then teaches children how to summon each demon, beginning by drawing its “sigil, a magical symbol representing the letters of the demon’s name,” loudly saying its name, and commanding it to “appear and do your bidding.” When a child is finished with them, the demons can then be “dismissed” by the child thanking it for its service and ripping its sigil drawing in half.
As if being available on virtual store shelves isn’t bad enough, CM even suggested that “this fun, imaginative read could be used as a stimulus in a combined language arts and art class in which students are invited to invent and illustrate their own demons for situations and problems that Leighton hasn’t identified.”
In other words, it sounds like a good idea to the reviewer to introduce this book into a school classroom! Some retailers list the book as appropriate for children ages 5-10 (in contrast to the publisher’s 7-10 age range). Would you want your kindergartner learning to summon demons at school? Given everything else forced onto students these days, demon worship would fit in just fine.
Folks, we’ve got to get to work. Contact Amazon, Barnes And Noble, and Books-A-Million to urge them to pull this offensive, dangerous book from their shelves. If parents won’t protect their own children from this evil, we’ve got to step up.
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