Submitter: Our public library just completed its Summer Weeding Club. We created a “hall of shame” on which we posted the best of the worst, and voted to select the worst of the worst. Pam’s Hot Tub won by a mile. Number 8 in the Northwest Co-operative Labs’ Basic Reader Series, the twelve-page booklet tells the cautionary tale of the consequences of eating too many hot dogs before taking a dip in the Jacuzzi. Written by Ann Morton and illustrated with Thurber-esque simplicity by Teresa Allen, 1981.
Holly: Wow, sounds absolutely titillating! And that cover – they spared no expense for an illustrator, did they? This looks horrible, and the story sounds really dumb. I thought “basic readers” were supposed to be a high-interest, low-vocabulary type of thing for adults learning to read. Thank goodness there are better literacy materials available these days!