Your Future as a Dental Hygienist
The Problem of Oversized Books

The Quicksand Book coverThe Quicksand Book

Submitter: Apparently, this book is supposed to teach young children what to do if they encounter quicksand.  I’m not sure how useful that is, and in any case, the book reads much more like a picture book than juvenile nonfiction (which is where I found it).  If it still circulated, I’d keep it, but it hasn’t moved off the shelves in more than ten years.  It’s time for this one to go.

Holly: But it’s by Tomie dePaola! But it’s cute! But kids might just be interested in what quicksand is even if it is impractical to think they’ll ever need the information.

While all of these things are true, if it hasn’t moved in ten years it is a reasonable weeding candidate. Just thought I’d throw in all the reasons some of you out there may be aghast at this choice! It’s only an awful library book if you’re holding on to it for the wrong reasons. TEN years with no circulations is a lot, you guys. You could be maybe move it to the picture books with the other dePaola books to see if it does any better before giving it the axe.

Falling in Quicksand

What to do if you fall in quicksand

Jungle girl fell in quicksand

How quicksand works


  1. Am I the only one bothered by the fact that Jungle Boy (I’m assuming that’s his name) is explaining quicksand to Jungle Girl while she’s sinking to her untimely doom?

    1. Ha! I know. If I were Jungle Girl I’d have tossed Jungle Boy into the quicksand after getting out, methinks!

    2. I would’ve try to drag him in when he started with the rhetorical “are you unhappy because you’re in quicksand?”

  2. One of my kids had this book and he loved it. I think it would circulate in the picture books if it’s in good condition.

  3. It will probably circulate as a picture book. If not then weed it. Tomie D is a favorite of mine, so I lean toward keeping it. Give it a year in the picture book section.

  4. I’d have loved a book about quicksand as a kid, but this is too cute and not lurid enough for my younger self (I’d probably have more fun watching the kids sink down, struggling helplessly …)

  5. It’s disaster fantasy. Let the little kids believe that quicksand is relevant to their lives. It’s got panache. It’s got that hint of exotic danger. Especially if they live in a subdivision where a wasps’ nest is the biggest threat they’ll realistically encounter.

  6. I’m not a librarian but bet it might circulate if you put it with the other Tomie books. I was a real worrywart of a kid and after seeing quicksand devour people in movies was convinced this was an ever-present danger…modern kids might likewise get a kick out of reading about it!

  7. Quicksand used to be a handy danger in movies and TV shows, like amnesia–a plot twist encountered much more on screen than in life. For that reason, it probably held fascination for young readers. But it seems to have gone out of fashion as a TV trope, so maybe that’s why the book isn’t circulating.

  8. The woman in the first picture looks very uncomfortable, in that short and tight outfit, I haven’t seen a dental hygienist in a skirt or dress in ages, they always wear scrubs.. In the other hand, my optometrist, wears short tight dresses with deep décolletage., which is fine with me, because, once I take my glasses off I can’t see anything.

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