Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Follow us:

Categories

Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level
PLA Weeding Manual
Making a Collection Count

Best Book Review Blogs” style=

The Book Blogger Awards 2017

It’s Raining Dogs and Turtles?

Beyond Basic Dog Training
Bauman
1988

Alert submitter said she couldn’t stop looking at this cover. For the love of all that is canine, why are turtles “jumping” barriers on the front cover?   Is the dog about to eat the turtles?  Are turtles capable of tricks like jumping over little metal things?  Of course the mother of all questions, is this a book on how to train your dog to train your turtles? Very impressive dog, not to mention impressive turtles…

Again, my expertise in dog training is limited to episodes of the Dog Whisperer.  Dog people, please advise!

Mary

Continue reading

Great Grooming

Great Grooming for Girls
Smith
1993

Great Grooming for Guys
McGlothlin
1993

Sure, it’s important to teach teenagers how to make a good impression, how to stay clean, and follow a healthy diet.  The problem with this book is its age.  The kids on the cover look like they’re from the late ’80s.  That’s my generation of teens, who are now in their mid-30’s.  I’d like to see how much hair these guys have left!  Let’s see the belly on shower boy now!

The advice isn’t bad, just dated.  At least Mikey drinks his milk.  That’s important.  Hopefully this book told Molly Makeup that too much makeup will make you look like a “lady of the night.”  And is that first girl ratting her hair?  Oh, honey, that’s just a bad idea these days.

Holly

Continue reading

Sweaty, but Stylish

Stylish Sweatjackets
Morgan
2009

Submitter: I found this book in the new release section, I kid you not.

Holly: What, exactly, is a “sweat jacket”?  And why would one want to be both stylish and sweaty?