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Mommy and Daddy Are Divorced


Mommy and Daddy are Divorced
Perry and Lynch

Submitter: We are a faculty of education library, and have lots of picture books on how teachers can help kids deal with various difficult topics. We are doing inventory and I took the opportunity to weed this gem. The terrible black and white photographs caught my eye first.  It looks like the authors just took their own home photos and stuck them onto pages with some text. The picture on the last page is the best one – so dark and blurry you can hardly make the figures out. While the subject of divorce is an important one, a lot has changed since 1985. Main character Ned would be over 30 by now. Surely we can find a more up to date book on the subject! It has been in our library for 20 years and never once circulated, so it was time to say goodbye to Ned and his divorced parents.

Holly: This book screams 1985! In fact, it looks even older than that. If it hasn’t left the shelf once in 20 years, it’s a good weeding candidate. If it was written for children who are now divorced themselves, it’s an even better weeding candidate.


More Mommy and Daddy Troubles:

Megan’s Book of Divorce

Dad’s Drunk Again

Families That Fight

Mom and Dad Do Drugs

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Brace Face

Teeth and Braces

Submitter: Braces have changed a lot since the late nineties, so it’s time for an updated book on this topic. This book hasn’t moved from my small public library’s shelf in years, and it’s not hard to see why.

Holly: The bibliography (picture below) has no titles newer than 1987, two years before this book was written – and almost 30 years before now. Good topic for a public library, but too old to be helpful. They didn’t even have Invisalign™ back then!

More Dental Health:

Teeth are Fun

Your Future as a Dental Hygienist

Now This Won’t Hurt a Bit

Chomp On This One (“Brace” yourself for this one. See what I did there? But seriously.)

Taryn Goes to the Dentist


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Breakfast 101

How to have fun cooking breakfast
Creative Educational Society, Inc.

Doesn’t breakfast look groovy? Evidently kids back then need to understand how to make a bowl of cereal. As a teen in 1974, I don’t remember this being a particular problem, even for younger kids. I think a cookbook for kids and teens is a wonderful topic for a book, but this doesn’t do the job now or in 1974. Despite the groovy clothes, I also don’t see a lot of “fun” happening.



More Kids Cooking:

Boys in the Kitchen

Young America Cooks

A Magical Microwave!

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