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Drugs Are Evil

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A child’s book about drug abuse

There I am, casually wandering through the catalog and this book rings a bell.  I am sure I have heard of the author and illustrator.  I take a closer look at the book and get a creepy vibe from the illustrations. Then it dawns on me. This book is by the same author and illustrator as the  Satan for Kids book  we posted on our site way back.  (The follow up post can be found here.) Same author and same illustrator. The basic story is about our young protagonist who notices his brother is donning leather jackets and sunglasses and by logical extension, doing drugs. (I guess after you are satanically abused, you light one up and start disobeying your parents.) Protagonist finally shares with Mom and Dad.  Crying and wailing follow.  Parents ground brother for a whole month and then tell him drugs won’t make him happy.

Story is weak and I am a bit biased against these kinds of “message” heavy books.  I just can’t see how reading a book will make you stop doing drugs (or start doing them for that matter). Perhaps for counseling professionals, there is a therapeutic benefit to these types of “story” books but in my opinion, they don’t work as children’s literature.  However, I will keep an open mind and I am willing to entertain suggestions of books that might be beneficial to kids growing up in a family with substance abuse issues.


Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our most popular anti drug book, Latawnya the Naughty Horse in our list of past favorites. Clearly, one of the most “awful” ever featured on ALB.

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Satan for Kids, Part 2

Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy: a child’s book about satanic ritual abuse
Sanford & Evans

Ok, ok, you begged for more pictures from this book, so I’ll give you a few more.  Yes, I believe this is the most commented post for those of you keeping score.



If you need to read the first part again for context click here for part 1.


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Satan for kids

Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy: A child’s book about satanic ritual abuse
Sanford & Evans

Submitter: “I give thee the most awful library book ever. Seriously. I found this little gem a few years ago doing a project for a young adult class and ILL-ed it from [a seminary!] … but 89 libraries have it in WorldCat, mostly public! Not only is the subject horrible, but the storyline is jumbled, and the pictures are cheeeeeesey colored pencil.”

Holly: This is unbelievable. There is truly a book for every subject, isn’t there? Well, if your community has a problem with satanic rituals, this might be a great choice for your children’s section. Can you imagine a child stumbling upon this: “Mommy, I want THIS one!” Story time on the dark side.  Oh, I wish I could post more pages. Truly unbelievable. Crying, naked children standing in the woods in a circle being told that nothing can be told outside the circle and that their parents have given them to the hooded people…I may have nightmares from this one. Are you supposed to read this to traumatized children after they’ve been part of a satanic ritual? It’s not comforting!

Mary:  I couldn’t believe this was published let alone in a bunch of public library collections.  Did someone say in a collection development meeting “hey we need some kiddie books on satanic ritual abuse”?  This is the scariest book I have ever seen.  Librarians, please fill me in if you know anything about this book or topic.   I am utterly speechless!


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