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Doris Hall of Infamy

Doris Sanford’s endless catalog of disturbing picture books.

Brian Was Adopted

Brian was adopted coverBrian Was Adopted
Sanford
1989

Yet another Doris book for your consideration. This time we have 8 year old Brian who was adopted from Korea by the creepy family with the disturbing head shapes and cult-like demeanor. I am sure regulars to the Doris Hall of Infamy will be able to predict the insipid non-story and be ready to brace for disturbing illustrations. For newbies to ALB, please prepare yourselves!

I don’t know what else to say but that these particular illustrations are bothering more than the other books. Is it the plastic looking creepy dad? Is it the “children of the corn” look of the kids? Regardless, I won’t sleep tonight with these “visions”.

Mary

 

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Doris Does Concentration Camps

My Friend the Enemy coverMy Friend the Enemy
Sanford
1992

I know you have been waiting for this moment. Many people have said how much they need to actually SEE this particular book from our ever burgeoning collection in the Doris House of Infamy. Yes, it is another step into the bizarro world of Doris, and this time she has taken us to a concentration camp. The usual suspects are here: weird non-story and creepy illustrations.

Our brave children Kathy and Dick are some how caught up in what I think is the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. Who are these people? Where were the parents? I wasn’t even sure it was the 20th century until the end when the Americans came in a plane to rescue the camp.

If you are new to the ALB Doris Hall of Infamy books, please proceed carefully. Side effects include headache, nausea, confusion and overwhelming dread that humanity is doomed.

Mary

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Drama = Fire+Handicapped Kid

Help fire coverHelp! Fire
Sanford
1992

Long time veterans of this site will of course recognize the ALB mascot author and illustrator just from the cover.

How can you resist the premise? Handicapped kid caught in a burning house. Where were those parents? Who started this mess? Naturally no one answers the interesting questions. Our hero, Daniel was left alone for “just a minute”. All of a sudden a major fire happens and Daniel can’t get out. (You know, cuz he’s handicapped) Thanks to firefighters and brother (and even the dogs!) Daniel lives another day as a hero.

This time we also have a bonus! There are questions for discussion included! (Unfortunately, the questions I want answered are not presented.)

Mary

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