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Don’t Feel Sorry for Paul

Don’t Feel Sorry for Paul
Wolf
1975

You can tell by the cover of this book that it is old! The one dark spot over the word “Don’t” in the title is where the protective plastic cover is ripped. Condition = fail.

Second, look at that amazing collar on Paul’s shirt! Definitely 1975. The furniture in Paul’s family room (last picture, below) is also very 70s. I don’t know if they still make prostheses like Paul’s arm…but I bet if they still have that style, it is vastly improved. Currency = fail.

There’s nothing wrong with the idea behind this book. It was a great choice for a public or school library in 1975. I think we can update, though. I don’t feel sorry for Paul. He’s amazing (and probably about 50 years old now!). I do feel sorry for the library that thinks they can’t do better than this book.

-Holly

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Another Creepy Uncle

My Body Is Private
Walvoord and Pate
1984

Submitter: This one is the definition of awful to me. The gross yellow/brown illustrations are enough to designate it as awful, but the content is just as bad. Of course, it’s always the Uncle that has to be the child molester – Uncle Ted and his peppermints and chewing tobacco.

Holly: I’m not a fan of the illustrations either, and the creepy uncle example is a bit overused. Other than that, it’s not so bad! It’s very honest, very open, and I can see how it would make a child feel safe to hear this book read by their parent. It uses correct anatomical terminology, too, which is always a plus in my book. Perhaps the authors could update this with a version where Creepy Uncle Ted tries to put her picture on Facebook or sell her into sex slavery. Now that would be awful.

More Weird Feelings:

Not in Room 204

It’s Okay to say Don’t

End of the World for Kids

Gayness Explained

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Puppet Nightmares

Playing with puppets
Paludan
1974

Submitter: Found this book while working in our children’s book section. It’s only circulated twice in the last 14 years. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the frightening (and disturbing) examples of puppets.

Holly: As puppet books go, it’s ok, but look at that bite out of the top of the cover! This book is 40 years old, and showing its age. I really don’t get the vegetable puppets (second picture below). Are they just for looks, or do you actually play with them as the title implies? One last question: Are children supposed to be able to make these, or is this a book for adults to make puppets for kids? The title implies it’s more about playing with them, but the contents talks about sewing and polystyrene, and gives fabric dimensions. Now I’m just not sure who the intended audience is.

More Toy Stories:

Creepy or Clever

Just in time for the holidays: Soft Toys and Dolls

Dressing Dolls

Furby

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