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Redneck Night Before Christmas

Redneck night before Christmas
Davis
1997

Submitter: Between the eerily disproportionate illustrations and the highly questionable content, I think this is one of the best books I’ve found in our collection. Santa in camouflage with “Bless the NRA” on his cap and “Go ahead make my day” on the back of his shirt… I hardly have words! A favorite excerpt from the text: “Maw got a girdle to hold in her pelvis, and a velvet painting of her idol Elvis.” Our library system has a few rural branches where this charming title could land and nobody would bat an eye, but here in town notsomuch. I was appalled to see that we own not one but two copies of this book; they will be weeded before the day is out!

Holly: There’s a fine line between cute and offensive. Say what you want about political correctness, but you really have to know your community of users and their tolerance before you add something like this to your library collection and think it’s “cute.” On a related note, just for kicks I looked up what the politically correct term for redneck is and saw the suggestion “rustically inclined.” #gimmeabreak

More Questionable Kiddie Lit:

Be Prepared!

Bah Humbug

The Doris Hall of Infamy

Crazy Alphabet

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Trekker Friday Fiction

Star Trek: The Truth Machine
Cerf
1977

I found this while browsing a collection looking for something for a patron, and just got so excited. (I think the kid I was helping thought I was having some kind of “episode.”) I had to get my hands on this book! I am a fan of the original series and all the others. I also have an Enterprise pizza cutter, a Klingon dictionary, and a book of poetry by Mr. Spock.

This book reads like an episode, and the pictures do look like the characters.  However, I am not sure that I am the target market for the juvenile fiction section of a library. (I know a hundred adults that would get a kick out of this in a heartbeat.) Note the illustration where Mr. Spock breaks out PENCIL AND PAPER to draw up some plans!

Is juvenile fiction the best place for this? It would be a slam dunk for a book sale or an adult looking to re-live a few childhood moments. Modern kids? Probably not.

Live long and prosper,

Mary

UPDATE: It was announced today around 1pm EST that Leonard Nimoy passed away. Condolences to all who are feeling the loss. RIP Mr. Spock.

More Vintage Fiction:

Cherry Ames

Susan Brown, Camp Counselor

The Lovliest Librarian

“One Black, One White, One Blonde”

Trouble after school

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The Devil Made Me Do It!

 

If the Devil “made” you do it, you blew it!
Peterson
1989

If you remember, I resurrected an old title from 2009 and re-did the post. It’s your lucky day, I have yet another book from the same author.

I have included this lead off scenario about a kid robbing a McDonald’s and hanging around a bad crowd. This is what happens when you quit listening to your parents, quit going to church, and start doing drugs. I hope all of you are taking notes.

 

Mary

 

More Christian Advice:

Righteous Guide to being a Christian Teen

How to be a good church lady

Teenage Living

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