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Friday Fiction: Nancy Runs the Bookmobile

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Nancy Runs the Bookmobile
Johnson
1956

I am a fan of bookmobiles everywhere. My childhood is full of fond memories of the librarians in my hometown (Bloomington, IL) taking the library everywhere and doing activities. Summer reading was an event.  It wasn’t until I left town and became a librarian that I realized how forward thinking and cool my hometown library was. So of course any title with bookmobile in it is going to get my attention!

I dearly wish there was some cover art to go with this gem. I plucked my copy from a university collection and I have a limited time to get it read. It looks adorable.

Mary

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Bad Labeling/Friday Fiction: The Grape Thief

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The Grape Thief
Franklin
2003

Submitter: Let’s hear it for more bad label placement.  I really hate Accelerated Reader.  This just helps with the pile on.  I noticed the book displayed on an open shelf.  I’m really surprised no one caught this before.

Holly: In a school library, too.  I bet the kids just looove this.  One more letter and you’d have had “Ape Thief”…which would have been preferable.

 

Oh No! An Ass in Church!

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Assassins in the Cathedral: [Festo Kivengere]
Jackson
1999

Submitter:I was just going through some of your recent posts, and came across the “Butt” Holed book.  It reminded me of an old favorite (now long gone from our collection).  I did manage to capture a picture, and it was around for several months after that to my knowledge.  Sorry it’s a bit blurry – I was probably laughing too hard when I took the picture to get a clear shot. The book was one of several in a series of Christian fiction for grade school children.  I always imagined whoever put the barcode on the cover got a good laugh that day.

Holly:WorldCat’s summary says, “The church in Uganda is threatened by the military and Yacobo must have the strength to survive.”  It’s likely a fine choice for a religious school library and maybe a public library in certain communities.  Now, though, a Christian book for children has “Ass” on the cover. Reeeeal nice.