Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

The Other Bride of Chucky

The Lonely Doll
1957, 1985

Submitter: I guess this could be a really cute concept; photos of a doll and all of her little toy friends. BUT NO! It is really quite creepy. One page (scanned) shows big bear paddling dolly whilst baby bear sits idly by. “I may be a silly, but I know when a naughty little girl needs a spanking.” This was donated to our library and whilst I did copy pages to post in our staff room, there is no way I would add this to our children’s collection!

Holly: I remember this book! I used to look for this book every time I went to the library when I was a kid (late 1970s, early 1980s). It is definitely creepier now that I see it as an adult.  I used to think the doll seemed so life-like and I had a sort of morbid fascination with the spanking part.  I was a weird kid.

Collection-wise, if you have a copy in good shape, it probably hasn’t circulated much – so weed it.  If you have unlimited space, by all means keep it for another 55 years.  That teddy bear can terrorize poor Edith the Lonely Doll for three more generations of readers.

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D is for Dying

The Mime Alphabet Book

This is a picture book for young children learning the alphabet.  As you read through, the left page is the letter and a word spelled out, then on the right page is a picture of a mime acting out the word.  Cute.

Except… the words they chose are not child-friendly at all!  What ever happened to “a is for apple” and “d is for dog?” Good grief, they’ve got a for astonishment, d for dying, g for guilty, m for miraculous; very few of the letters are kid-friendly at all.  My personal favorite is x.  Scroll down to see the brilliant word they assigned to x.

Plus, there’s the mime situation.  Mary loves a good mime.  She calls them “the other clowns.”



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Friday Fiction: My Favorite Cowboy

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My Favorite Cowboy

A Pygmalian Tale for the modern age!

Rough around the edges, Jarred is a cowboy and a rodeo rider. He also seems to have a nice pile of money. Trouble is he knows he just doesn’t have the social skills for super cool socialite Victoria. Jarred knows he has to step up his manly game and get himself nice and fancy. Where does someone go to learn this? The public library of course! (They really do have everything.) Turns out childhood pal Serena went to college, and because she is super smart, she became a librarian. Poor Serena is in a pickle since the library couldn’t pass a levy and she hasn’t had a raise in forever. Serena is behind on some student loans. So for extra cash,  Serena agrees to tutor Jarred on the social graces. Fast forward, the sparks fly. (But I bet you knew that!)

This title has been popular at my library and is a good choice for a romance collection. I am also going to give this author some credit as this is one of the few romances with public librarians that even hint at money struggles for both the institution and the staff.


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