"You've got to reach all audiences," Crenshaw told Fox News in an interview. "Parents are increasingly frustrated by their school's curriculum. They can go find left-wing progressive and woke children's books out there. It's pretty hard to find exclusively conservative-themed children's products." Describing how Brave Books approached him about the plan, Crenshaw said he saw it as an opportunity to fill that void.
"Fame, Blame, and the Raft of Shame" is the fourth in a series of titles by conservative authors from Brave Books.
Established by CEO Trent Talbot earlier this year, the conservative publisher seeks to be "a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism that our children are being taught in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read," according to its website.
Brave Books circumvents Amazon by giving parents one book per month for an annual subscription. Other authors have added Ashley St. Clair, Elizabeth Johnson, and Jack Posobiec.
"I think the way they do it is pretty cool, using a variety of different conservative authors who write about different themes within the same sort of universe," Crenshaw said of their project.
Though addressed for children and featuring various cartoon animal characters, the problems in Crenshaw's book get to the heart of the culture wars.
Crenshaw, who played a faithful role in crafting the story, revealed that setting a culture for children was "kind of tricky."
"I think conservatives wrongly view cancel culture as a very simple question of either being able to say whatever the hell you want or being silenced," said Crenshaw. "It is not that simple. And I wanted to craft this story that kind of exposes the nuance of what we mean by cancel culture."
The story takes place in an underwater city preserved by a top of seaweed, which begins to crack as more characters are banished for various offenses and hurled through the dome on a "raft of shame."
Readers familiar with Crenshaw's story will see resemblances in what both the animals and the congressman have endured.
Concerning one incident between a skunk character and a mountain lion, a specific reference to Crenshaw's interaction with comedian Pete Davidson in 2018, Crenshaw explained why the story highlights the value of forgiveness.
"The reason immediate forgiveness made sense in that case was because of intent," he said of the Davidson controversy. "And intent is a really important question that I don't know if people ask these days. Did the person intend you harm, or did they just make a really dumb joke that just didn't land right?