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A Bloody Choice

Blood and its cargo cover

Blood and Its Cargo
Kalina
1974

Here we go with another health book for the kids. Now is your chance to learn all about BLOOD! My problem with this book is the awful line drawings. It looks like “Flat Stanley” had some kind of terrible disfiguring accident. For the most part, the book is low on real information and some of the text seems odd or poorly designed on the book. I was almost thinking this was some weird poem.

Mary

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Collection Dinosaurs

Tyrannasaurus Rex coverTyrannosaurus 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Submitter: I recently found this severely outdated book about the “ferocious” Tyrannosaurus Rex in the collection of the public library where I work.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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