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Mary Kelly

Friday Fiction: An X-Rated Romance

An X-Rated Romance
Sunshine
1982

The reason I picked up this book is, of course, the cover. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe the ick factor about the title and cover. Note the sexy teacher’s expression. <shudders> Sara, our teen protagonist, has a huge crush on Mr. Garfield. She and her bestie, Emily have decided to up their game with a seduction. (The concept of seduction was still vague for these girls.) This, of course, requires planning a way of getting Mrs. Sexy Teacher out of the way. Unbelievable shenanigans follow: de-pantsing, mild stalking, ridiculous dieting, and rubber bands in a salad. Note: When looking for a review, I stumbled upon the site Lost Classics of Teen Lit and then proceeded to spend too much time reading and sifting through this site. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

By the way, the copy I had checked out was taped and processed within an inch of its life. There was a date due sheet and an envelope. The first checkout on the card was 1986. My personal feeling is that teen fiction should be as current as possible. Even if you are a conservative weeder, I can’t believe this paperback relic survived automation and RFID and no one thought maybe it was time to let it go.

Maybe the audience of 40-something librarians will revive this “classic.”

Mary

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TV Problems

boy who turned into a tv setThe Boy Who Turned Into A TV Set
Manes
1979

Thanks to a tip, I found this lovely book. It’s obvious this book is outdated. You youngsters might not know about “rabbit ears” (antenna) but if you are over 40, you probably had to help hold them in the right place so the picture wouldn’t be fuzzy. I think I spent the majority of the 1960s holding the rabbit ears while my dad fussed with tin foil.

Anachronisms not withstanding, this book is odd because it looks like a picture book but the text is pretty dense. There are even “chapters.” The basic story is that this boy watches so much TV, he ends up having a television on his stomach. (They never do address the health issues associated with this phenomenon. Kind of disappointing.) I am not sure of the intended audience for this book.

I am not sure I like the illustrations either. The people’s faces look weird and for the life of me I can’t figure out if the woman in the last picture is actually holding a box of ducks. She also needs a better bra. Any kiddie lit experts want to weigh in? I don’t get it.

Mary

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Your body is a wonderland

how to have fun with your body cover

How to have fun with your body
Lester
1986

Did you know that you can have fun with your body? This book is about making faces, performing tricks, and possibly grossing people out.  I can also see some of this being used as an ice breaker at a meeting. (Pro tip: I am going to suggest this should NOT be done as an ice breaker. I am of the mind that the only thing worse than a meeting is an ice breaker at a meeting.)

I know this would probably appeal to kids, but it is written for adults. I am trying to figure out why someone would need this book and what kind of reference question would make me run to the stacks and get it. Maybe I don’t want to know.

However, in the spirit of being an open minded librarian, I tried some making a few of the animal faces and I am here to report that I was unsuccessful in having fun. Also, my face kind of hurt after a while.

Mary

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