Tackle Block Stop
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”.
More kids in trouble:
Gayness explained (so awful, you must see to believe!)
Every time I think I won’t find more, they just show up. Long time readers on this site will recognize this author/illustrator right away. Our old friend Doris is back with another compelling issue of our time. (If you are new to this site, start with the all time ALB favorite: Satan for Kids and Satan for Kids Part 2. I am sure it will change your life.)
This time we have a sexual abuse situation involving Dino and the basketball coach. Dino goes to coach’s house and showers with him and evidently poses for a few pictures too. This upsets Dino and he finally tells Mom. Also a magic/god-like dove appears to give Dino some inspirational words. Coach ends up in trouble and on trial and Dino attends a support group and the dove shows up on the last page and gives another inspirational speech and all is right with the world. Another crisis solved in just a few pages.
The 1980s seem to be full of the “stranger danger” books. My personal opinion is that the McMartin Preschool trial brought this subject to near hysteria levels by the late 1980s and 1990s. I remember there was hardly a day that went by that wasn’t filled with all sorts of bizarre cases.
Regardless, this book is probably a result of that hysteria. This one also has the requisite creepy situations and people, too. (Note the porn stache on the guy trying to get these kids.) The solution is say “don’t” and then run away (where is not specified). Having seen quite a few of these types of books float through this site, I will say this isn’t the worst. Check out the links below.