For the Kids
Books for the kids
Books for the kids
Submitter: When I began working at my library, the Junior fiction section hadn’t been weeded in a good long while, so I had lots of work to do. When I first pulled this book off the shelf, the cover caught me off guard, but I flipped through the pages a little bit to see if it was something worth keeping. The story seemed a bit strange but then I came across the picture of the man and, well, after consensus from my assistant and several board members, we decided that it was indeed a male body part. And female body parts, young and old. And really disturbing, screaming images. And blood. And phallic snakes.
Did I mention this was in the JUNIOR fiction? The collection meant for 9 – 12 year olds? Oy. I’m pretty open and try not to be super conservative on books, but this one was a bit much even for me. It’s been in our collection since 1994 and hasn’t been checked out for at least the last 7 years. I’m confident that even adults wouldn’t read it if it was in the correct location so it’s moving on out.
Holly: This is a really strange choice for a youth fiction section! The language is not something children would be interested in or understand, for the most part. (There are always those Gifted Precious Snowflakes who love this kind of thing, or at least pretend to, God bless ‘em.) It might get a look in an adult non-fiction section (398′s), but I think it is best off in a college or university library. The images are…interesting, but very intense. I agree with submitter that they are a bit much for a youth section. Serious studiers of Greek legends or maybe even art may find this fascinating and beautiful. Eight-year-olds may be forever scarred by things they don’t understand. Fair warning before you scroll down.
More Adult-ish Content Found in Youth:
Don’t Look at Me
A child’s book about feeling different
Regulars to our site will immediately recognize the creepy cover illustration style as one of our favorite authors here at ALB. For you new folks, prepare for some shock and awfulness.
Today’s book features Patrick, a boy who is dumb (his words). Other kids call him stupid and retard. Some call him fat and stupid. Mom and Dad have been overheard saying that Patrick is retarded and won’t go to college. Don’t worry, he has a lamb in the barn that is, of course, black. The black lamb “talks” to him and tells him he is good and just needs some extra help and, of course, to work very hard. Problem solved. See how easy it is?
I am sure all of you feel much better now.
Don’t miss the others in the hit parade of horror:
How to Survive Anything: Girls Only
Stride, Geremia, and Jones
How to Survive Anything: Boys Only
Oliver and Ecob
Submitter: I came across these two gems in the non-fiction section. According to the covers, they should be mirror images of each other, right? Both girls and boys doing awesome things. Maybe some school survival stuff. Maybe some non-school-related survival stuff. But the contents of the book were quite a different story.
According to these books, here are things boys can survive:
-a shark attack
-a plane crash
-a swarm of bees
And here are things girls can survive:
-a bff fight
-a fashion disaster
-truth or dare
To be fair, both books have “how to survive a zombie attack.” But what is the point of these matching books? That girls shouldn’t (or couldn’t) know how to survive disaster situations? That boys don’t have to know how to pass a test? This baffles me.
Oh, an addendum: upon closer inspection, in the zombie survival chapter, the boys’ book suggests hitting the zombies with baseball bats, while the girls’ book encourages running away. Ugh.
Holly: Kids in the “cooties” stage (who hate all things about the other gender) go for girls only/boys only kinds of things. I am surprised, in 2012, that this is so blatantly sexist, though. What a missed opportunity, Scholastic. I do like the comic book layout, though, which is appealing to kids.