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Mr T saves the day

Mr T helps kids with sexual abusers cover

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Evidently, Mr T was the star of a few children’s books that featured some of the pressing issues of the day. We featured this gem around in 2010. Again Mr T was advising on bike theft. Today’s selection is a quick lesson about sexual abuse. Bottom line: tell your parents. The end. We never do learn if our protagonist was believed or if the perp was “given help”.



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Bang Bang You’re Dead

Bang Bang You're Dead coverBang Bang You’re Dead
Fitzhugh and Scoppettone

Submitter: Target audience on cover flap: K-3.  In today’s climate, kids shooting guns, kids aiming guns at one another – heck, guns in general! – in a children’s book are tough to explain. Some of the text, such as “‘I got you dead,’ said Bert. “Bang!’ ‘I got you dead back,’ yelled James. They all lay dead.” and “’Yeah, we’ll fix those skunks. Let’s chop off their heads!’”will touch a nerve it probably wouldn’t have touched in 1969. The kids fight and treat each other terribly, calling nasty names and actually bloodying each other’s faces. While in the end, they all agree to share, they walk away dripping blood from their faces.  I found this on the shelf today, and given Newtown (we’re in Connecticut!) and Orlando, and all of the other gun violence… this is a truly AWFUL library book. I can’t weed it fast enough!

Holly: Not to mention it’s 47 years old…

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The Boy Who Looked like LincolnThe Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln

Submitter: (Warning… 12 year old boy humor alert : ) This book is about an unusual looking boy whose parents send him away to camp where he meets other unusual looking children & realizes he’s ok.  So heartwarming, right? Nope.  We were asked to weed this book from our elementary school library because a parent complained a character’s illustrated nose looked like a penis.  I’m not even kidding! It probably doesn’t help that the character’s name is ‘Dickie’ (he is a boy who looks like Richard Nixon).  I guess we won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.

Holly: Our favorite type of humor! This is a weird book, and the nose does look like a penis, but that doesn’t make it weed-worthy.  Do the kids like it? Does it circulate? Also, I like how the complaining parent is more concerned about the penis nose than the kid whose face looks like a horse’s a$$.

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