For the Kids
Books for the kids
Books for the kids
Gale Sayers: Star Running Back
Submitter: I believe this is an awful book because I was a tween when the movie Brian’s Song, starring James Caan and Billy D. Williams, appeared on television, and I am now of retireable age. What else besides people should really have a shelf life of 44+ years? Also, Copy 19?? Thank goodness the other 18 copies were weeded years ago.
Holly: I guess they missed copy 19 when they weeded the other 18!
Submitter: Out of date and a B&W format. What could be more appealing in a YA book? I am loathe to buy hardcover contemporary biographies because they are out of date by the time they hit library shelves. This book circulated once, twenty years ago, and most likely it was for the required biography book report. My library also has another title in the series on Anwar Sadat. They are both going to book purgatory. From the collection of [a] middle school.
Holly: This book was published in 1986, before any of the most important aspects of Gorbachev’s career as a world leader happened. It’s perfectly reasonable for a middle school library to have a book about Gorbachev, but it should really tell the whole story of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Fun facts: Gorbachev appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial in 1997, and also recorded an album of Russian ballads in 2009. (Source)
Bonus points for putting a woman on the cover, but this book is too old to accurately describe the job of an architect. There are no computers shown, for one thing. It’s all heavily-shoulder-padded ladies and wide-tied gents hunched over rulers and drafting boards. The glasses on the woman in the picture below are pure-80s awesome. Kids come to my library on a regular basis for books for their career reports. I would be embarrassed to hand this to anyone.
Thankfully, I no longer have to. #weeded