â€œThese are people from Al-Jazeera that have called in here numerous times, people from Iranian TV, people from Palestinian Hamas TV,â€ Bell said, â€œA lot of people from the Islamic community have called in here and said increasingly negative things prior to the book being made and then after we made the book too, about theÂ book itself.â€
The Council on American Islamic Relations has criticized the book as one-sided, only portraying Muslims as either â€œextremistsâ€ or â€œterrorists.Â â€
Bell was asked to explain the absence of patriotic Muslim Americans in the book who were also opposed to the attacks.
â€œWell, I donâ€™t know, I mean this is whatÂ our research showed us,â€ Bell said, â€œEvery time we mention one of the hijackers we call them what they are.Â And thatâ€™s what parents wanted.Â Radical, Islamic, Muslim Extremists.Â And every time we mention one of the hijackers like the three guys that drove the plane into the Pentagon, thereâ€™s nothing else you can call them.Â I mean, what do think,Â theyâ€™reÂ having a bad hair day?â€
Bell has not said he's received any threats, however.
The Guardian adds that the coloring book is "complete with pictures of the burning twin towers and the execution of a cowering Osama bin Laden for children to fill in," and says,
One page of the $6.99 book, which has been given a PG rating, shows Bin Laden hiding behind a hijab-wearing woman as he is shot by a Navy SEAL. "Being the elusive character that he was, and after hiding out with his terrorist buddies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, American soldiers finally locate the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden," runs the text accompanying the picture. "Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE."
TheÂ Council on American-Islamic RelationsÂ has condemned the book as "disgusting", saying that it characterises all Muslims as linked to extremism, terrorism and radicalism, which could lead children reading the book to believe that all Muslims are responsible for 9/11, and that followers of the Islamic faith are their enemies.
Bell also sells "The Tea Party Coloring Book For Kids."