Submitter: I was extremely surprised to find this (British) book in our British public library, having only ever seen similar horrors coming from the USA displayed in Awful Library Books. It is worth noting that it twice includes the disclaimer ‘This book is not authorised or sponsored by Microsoft Corporation…or any other person or entity controlling rights in the Minecraft name, trademark, or copyrights.’ That statement somewhat raises the question of how it ever got to be published in the first place, especially in the Sue-you-if-you-so-much-as-mention-me United Kingdom with its draconian libel and copyright laws.
Back of the book does, however, reveal the fact that ‘Authors Garrett Romines and Chris Miko are both involved in primary school education in the United States, and in providing educational camps, camps, workshops and curriculum around interactive classes’. It adds a new dimension to the word AWFUL on so many levels and seems equally offensive to devout Christians, avowed atheists and simply on grounds of good taste whatever your faith might be. One even finds oneself wondering if it wasn’t secretly put out as part of a diabolical plan by Al Qaieda or the Taliban?
When I first saw it, surprised, showed colleagues and we had a bit of a laugh, but left it in our children’s collection. Next time I noticed the ghastly work it had actually been borrowed and was coming out of the 72 hours quarantine we have on returned books under Covid-19 restrictions: sent to Awful Library Books and withdrawn from stock.
Holly: Because nothing praises Jesus like a Minecraft crucifixion.