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For the Kids

Books for the kids

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Saved by the Bell

Behind the Scenes at Saved by the Bell

Time for a step back to the early 1990s to hang with the cool kids on Saved by the Bell. Having never watched an episode, I am only slightly familiar with these actors. I have to shamefully admit I paid to go see Showgirls and hired a babysitter to boot. Needless to say I did not get my money’s worth.

Anyway, as trashy tell all insider books for the kids go, this isn’t too bad. There is lots of text about how a tv show is produced and the other folks involved besides the actors. I did learn quite a few things: Tiffani-Amber Thiessen had ambitions about become a mathematician , Dustin Diamond was the “free spirit” and Mark-Paul Gosselaar is really shy and speaks Dutch.

For the record, there are still some medium/small public libraries that still have this on the shelf. If it is circulating, I have to wonder why.

I am sure this book would have helped one’s street cred for coolness.


More Celebrity Insider Books:

Lizzie McGuire Lives!

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

Larger than Life

Finally, for my generation, here is one of ALB’s finest books about Burt Reynolds. If you haven’t seen this before, you are in for a treat!

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Is That a Rocket in Your Pocket?

A Rocket in my Pocket: The Rhymes and Chants of Young America
Withers and Suba


Ooooh, fun! This looks like something every 12-year-old will be clamoring for! Except…they won’t.

This submission comes to us from a middle school library. Yes, middle school. It’s old and dirty, and had to be meant for a younger audience.

This is adorable for a display, and used book shoppers will snatch it up in a heart beat at the used book sale. It’s just old and out of place in a middle school collection.




More Bad Poetry:

Groovy Poetry

More Celebrity Poetry

Entertaining Poetry

To Boldly Go Where No Poetry Has Gone Before

Don’t Touch Me, Chrissy!

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Television of Yesteryear

How it works… Television
Edwards and Rogers

I am quite certain our friends in the UK will be familiar with the Ladybird books. I lived in the UK for a couple of years when my children were small, and our home was filled with these books.  My kids loved them. Lots of detail and great illustrations. However, like most nonfiction about technology, it needs to be retired at some point. I do love the illustration of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding as an example of event television.


More technology for kids:

Cool and Cordless!

Call Me!

What Makes TV Work?

You’ll put your eye out

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