Joy Berry is a regular here at ALB. We have posted some of her stuff before here and here. Usually, these books are about a specific problem from a child’s point of view. Today’s “We can’t afford it” title is about budgeting and making money. I just cringed when job loss was just another day at the office, and garbage collectors were dissed. I also kind of wanted to slap those kids upside the head for being complainers. (Probably not a good idea…)
Yes, this is a humor book. And it’s funny! It is a board book that suggests that Baby should take over the family’s finances. Open a new account! Apply for a home equity loan! And a penny for baby’s trouble. Baby didn’t have anything better to do, after all.
This is weird, for sure, but cute that it’s a board book as if it’s really “for” a baby. What will they think of next?
Submitter: This book is living on our public library shelf with newer books on the same topic. However, it’s giving out cost and information from 1974! Completely out-of-date.
Holly:There is a list included below of the most popular dog breeds according to the AKC. FYI, Labrador retriever has moved up from #9 in 1974 to #1 in 2014, and Irish setter has moved waaaay down the list to #71. German shepherd is still #2. The book does talk about puppy factories, but less in ethical terms and more in money-making potential for average people. I’m not a fan of the cover art, either, but that’s not strictly weeding criteria. It’s old. ‘Nuff said.