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Just say “no” to monkeys with blue eye shadow

Why Do People Harm Animals?
“Let’s Talk About It”
Barton
1988

This is a youth book on animal cruelty issues.  Questions posed throughout the book: Are zoos cruel?  Should animals be used for testing? Why do people harm their pets? The format is actually good, and the author attempts to give balanced answers with assurances that many people have strong feelings regarding animals.  It is a weeder because it is dated. On a personal note, I am absolutely disturbed by the cover of the monkey with blue eye shadow. Maybe that was the point.

Mary

12 Responses to Just say “no” to monkeys with blue eye shadow

  • Is that monkey shaving?? What’s the thing with the cord on the cover?

  • It’s a Lady Gaga wannabe!

  • @Holly – I believe it’s a microphone. This monkey is obviously trying to be a simian Cindy Lauper.

  • This book came out at the time Tammy Sue Baker was popular. She did her make-up the same way as the monkey on the cover.
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  • I approve of (attempting) a level headed explanation and examination of animal rights viewpoints/issues/etc. That subject attracts an extraordinary amount of emotion and (sigh) extremism.

  • I just found this book on our library’s shelves (I’m a librarian). Looking through it, I’d say it is one of the most thought-provoking books for children that I’ve seen in a long time. It definitely doesn’t shy away from pointing out certain cruelties in our society both in words and pictures. Despite its publication date, this is a book we’ll be keeping.

  • I wonder if this one might be a keeper because it IS “dated.” As the rhetoric about certain topics has gotten more heated (animal cruelty, Anthropogenic Global Warming, a couple of other topics come to mind), some of the older books are less one-sided. I’d set it in a “maybe keep” pile until I’d seen what else is available.

  • My first thought on seeing that cover was “Worst karaoke act ever.”

  • Our Library has this one-the cover is pretty disturbing but attention-getting, and that’s why it goes out (and gets kept in the collection). We’ve yet to find anything that handles the topic as well so until we’re prepared to replace it with something just as good, we’re hanging onto ours, also!

  • What’s dated about it? Factory farms are still with us. Not everyone agrees that we should eat meat.

  • The cover star is obviously trying to fill in for Mike Nesmith on The Monkees reunion tour.

  • “Looking through it, I’d say it is one of the most thought-provoking books for children that I’ve seen in a long time. It definitely doesn’t shy away from pointing out certain cruelties in our society both in words and pictures. Despite its publication date, this is a book we’ll be keeping.”

    “What’s dated about it? Factory farms are still with us. Not everyone agrees that we should eat meat.”

    Agreed on both counts.