Once I was Obnoxious…
and You’ll Never Guess What Happened
How can you pass up a title like this? Our friend Doris has yet another incomprehensible book. Evidently, from the back cover, this book is supposed to teach respect. There is also a detachable paper doll that is supposed to slide in and out of the pictures in the book. I handed this book to several people, including some reasonably sharp librarians (it was early in the day), and no one understood what was going on, couldn’t follow the story, and ended up being mad that I made them read something so weird before having coffee.
From my best guess, this is a fanciful story of kids traveling through the world (and space!) doing awful things to other people. They finally end up in a re-education camp (seriously) and have to write “I will not be obnoxious” over and over. This “treatment” cures them and they return home without any obnoxious behavior. Lesson learned.
I will be in the back with booze and chocolate trying to make sense of the world if anyone needs me.
Mommy and Daddy Are Divorced
Perry and Lynch
So Mom and Dad had some trouble getting along, so Daddy moved out. (I personally think the marriage was doomed because of the clothes.) Now Dad visits regularly and everyone is happy.
The photographs date this book so much that it probably looked old by the mid 1980s. I get the feeling the photo illustrations were a part of a trend. We have featured quite a few of these “true life” picture books. They just don’t age well.
Better living through picture books:
Taryn visits the Dentist
Mommy is a Drunk
Mommy needs to get pretty
The Christmas Tree
Submitter: There’s really nothing wrong with this book, aside from the god-awful pictures and the fact that no 21st century teenager is going to pick this one up when we have newer, more attractive books available. I swear the family in the first picture is in a cult; nothing else could explain that tree!
Holly: Teenagers? This is a teen book? Wow. It will probably be snatched up in a used book sale in a hot minute (not by teens…), but there’s not a lot of reason to keep it in a modern library. If you have unlimited space…nah, I’d still weed it.