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Doris Hall of Infamy

Doris Sanford’s endless catalog of disturbing picture books.

Another Feel Good Story for the Kids

It Won't Last Forever coverIt Won’t Last Forever
Sanford
1993

This time, our favorite author tackles depression. Our protagonist, Kristen is watching Mom slide into a very dark place. Evidently Dad left, Mom lost her job, and the baby is crying. Poor Kristen is left to hold everything together. Mom attempts suicide and is hospitalized. Kristen is confused. The doctor fixes everything and they all go home. I wonder if he also helped her get a job and find Dad?

Same simplistic story and creepy illustrations as we have seen in the past. I know all of you appreciate this wonderful, uplifting story just in time for the holidays.

Mary

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Foster Care Fun

For Your Own Good
Sanford
1993

These books seem to be ubiquitous. I think they are stalking me! I am now sleeping with one eye open.

Yes, today we have another Sanford Special about life in a foster family. Our young protagonist is Jerome and he has a little brother Jamin. Of course, mom is a drinker and drug abuser. Her boyfriend Jake is also a real prize. He is a drug dealer and has been known to hit Jerome and his brother. Fortunately child protective service swoops in after a particularly bad night and rescues Jerome and Jamin.  Mom and Jake are off to jail and Jerome and Jamin are placed in foster care.  Jerome is confused and angry at everyone. The foster family makes him bathe and eat regularly! Jerome and Jamin go to therapy and are told they have a right to their feelings. They also try and visit mom in a rehab center. Of course, she doesn’t show up. Jake gets a new apartment and takes anger management classes. (I have no idea how these two got out of jail, the timeline is a bit foggy.) Jerome calls his foster parent “Dad” and begins to heal. Cue the orchestra and scene….

I am sure you are all happy and are comforted by Jerome and Jamin’s brave recovery.

Mary

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Something Is REALLY Wrong

Something Must Be Wrong with Me coverSomething Must Be Wrong With Me
A Boy’s Book About Sexual Abuse
Sanford
1993

Every time I think I won’t find more, they just show up. Long time readers on this site will recognize this author/illustrator right away. Our old friend Doris is back with another compelling issue of our time. (If you are new to this site, start with the all time ALB favorite: Satan for Kids and Satan for Kids Part 2. I am sure it will change your life.)

This time we have a sexual abuse situation involving Dino and the basketball coach. Dino goes to coach’s house and showers with him and evidently poses for a few pictures too. This upsets Dino and he finally tells Mom. Also a magic/god-like dove appears to give Dino some inspirational words. Coach ends up in trouble and on trial and Dino attends a support group and the dove shows up on the last page and gives another inspirational speech and all is right with the world. Another crisis solved in just a few pages.

Mary

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