Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Collection Dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus Rex: The Fierce Dinosaur
Sandell
1988

Submitter: I recently found this severely outdated book about the “ferocious” Tyrannosaurus Rex in the collection of the public library where I work. It’s from 1988, making it old enough that the king of the dinosaurs is depicted as walking upright like a person in a T-Rex costume. Only when he’s examining footprints on the ground does he use his tail for balance. Also good for a laugh: the Triceratops goring the offended-looking T-Rex in the thigh, and the misshapen baby T-Rex with the double chin.

Holly: This one could definitely be updated. Kids love dinosaur books, so librarians may be favoring quantity over quality. If the science is incorrect, though, let’s give kids something more accurate. I’m no dinosaur expert, but I do know that 27 years is a long time in any science discipline. There are lots of great dinosaur books for kids published every year, so it can easily be made a priority for updating every five years or so. Maybe even ten years, but definitely not 27!

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Drama = Fire+Handicapped Kid

Help! Fire
Sanford
1992

Long time veterans of this site will of course recognize the ALB mascot author and illustrator just from the cover.

How can you resist the premise? Handicapped kid caught in a burning house. Where were those parents? Who started this mess? Naturally no one answers the interesting questions. Our hero, Daniel was left alone for “just a minute”. All of a sudden a major fire happens and Daniel can’t get out. (You know, cuz he’s handicapped) Thanks to firefighters and brother (and even the dogs!) Daniel lives another day as a hero.

This time we also have a bonus! There are questions for discussion included! (Unfortunately, the questions I want answered are not presented.)

Mary

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Nice Girls Do!

Nice Girls Do
and now you can too!
Kassorla
1980

Ladies, here is your permission to love sex as much as the guys. Kassorla uses what she calls the “pleasure process”.  Couples are encouraged to let down inhibitions and communicate with your partner. This book is a fine choice for a library in the early 80s. In some situations, it might even be considered a bit radical for assuming the ladies are entitled to “like” sex.

This book is very much a product of the times. The advice is simple and has overtones of Transactional Analysis. The examples are dated and of course I would like to think that maybe (that is a big maybe) we have progressed a bit in regards to women’s sexuality.

So ladies, go out and discard your “tv dinner” sex life and try the banquet!

Mary

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