Maggie Goes on a Diet
Okay, this one is horrible. I only found this title recently and doing a quick search I found that it had gotten some negative publicity. I now see why.
Maggie is sad and depressed because she is fat. She decides to eat healthy and then she becomes a superstar soccer player and attractive to boys. Maggie is now happy. Problem solved! (I guess those super helpful kids teasing and bullying Maggie were doing her a giant favor!)
While we are considering such fine contributions to youth literature, I have to ask who is the target audience? Teen girls? Preschoolers? Parents? It is a picture book. Are preschoolers out there really worried about being a soccer star or getting a date?
I will be in the back eating my feelings.
More “helpful” books:
There’s a Thin Person Inside of You (Don’t miss the cover with the awesome hat!)