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 Completely out-of-date.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.
Submitter: This book was found at my local public library. It was a great purchase back in 1979, but 36 years later it’s time to let that one go. Nowhere is there the mention of the internet and internet business. Plus the cost and money information is way off.
Holly: According to this book, Santa only made $3 per fifteen minute visit in 1979. He gets kicked, peed on, cried on, begged for gifts, his beard gets pulled, and he’s required to be jolly 100% of the time. That’s worth waaaaay more than $3 per 15 minute visit. There are some good ideas here, but it’s not clear to me if these are meant to be after school/summer jobs for teens or a way for adults to make some extra cash. The information on each job is way out of date, so even if you found one you thought might be promising (as the check-mark-maker for “window washer” did in the table of contents below), you’d be disappointed in the advice the book gave. Or you’d settle for waaaaay less than you deserve.