Hoarding is not collection development


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Let’s Talk About It–Again!

I have a feeling this might be an ongoing feature in ALB land.  Here are few more of the titles.  I really feel pity for the parent that thinks  “if I just read them this book they won’t do (insert socially unacceptable behavior here).”  You are better off grabbing a cocktail (yes, this is the voice of an experienced parent of teens).

Let’s Talk About Being Forgetful

These illustrations bother me.  Check out the cartoon chubby kid with the tray stacked high with stuff in the second picture.  Nice message.  Best of all, what if you forget that you are forgetful or forget you read this book? 

Let’s talk about Smoking

At least this book looks a little more current.  I love the tone.  It has just the right amount of judgement.   My real concern is this little girl.  Is she getting into her mother’s purse or is this her own stash? Perhaps this picture is setting us up for another book : “Let’s talk about stealing”.

What I really want to do is direct

Hey, it’s Oscar night! Head down to your public library and get the latest on cool movie making.  I bet that Spielberg and James Cameron checked out this book at one time.

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Make Your Own Animated Movies

It looks like this kid has Oscar potential.  Wait, he’s about 50 years old now.  Wonder how that worked out for him?  Does anyone know anything about this equipment?  I’ve never seen anything like it!  This book is interesting from a historical perspective, but won’t help kids today who are interested in making animated movies (and I bet that’s a pretty popular topic these days)


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You probably won’t die…

Teen Hospital Experience
You Can Handle It!

What teen is going to risk looking like a total wimp by reading this title?  I almost can hear the conversation in my own head:  “I wasn’t worried until they told me not to worry”
I know I am a broken record, but if your audience is supposed to be teens, have a book at least published during their lifetime.  I won’t even comment about how hospital testing and procedures  might be a bit different after nearly 30 years.


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