The Skunk and His Junk Scheunemann 2006 Submitter: I might be an adult, but when I find books like this I turn into a middle schooler. Really, publishers ought to run all of their books by a group of 12-year-olds.
Mommy and Daddy are Divorced
Perry and Lynch
Submitter: We are a faculty of education library, and have lots of picture books on how teachers can help kids deal with various difficult topics. We are doing inventory and I took the opportunity to weed this gem. The terrible black and white photographs caught my eye first. It looks like the authors just took their own home photos and stuck them onto pages with some text. The picture on the last page is the best one – so dark and blurry you can hardly make the figures out. While the subject of divorce is an important one, a lot has changed since 1985. Main character Ned would be over 30 by now. Surely we can find a more up to date book on the subject! It has been in our library for 20 years and never once circulated, so it was time to say goodbye to Ned and his divorced parents.
Spork Maclear 2010 Submitter: As parents of a biracial child, we wanted to like this one. Look! A local author! Look at the adorably dorky little utensil with the ambiguous little spikey-dready hair! But quickly we were howling in horrified
Tackle Block Stop Graeber 1985 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
Bang Bang You’re Dead Fitzhugh and Scoppettone 1969. 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
The Fantastic Phonics Food Factory Wilkes and Grogan 2000 Submitter: The Fantastic Phonics Food Factory is neither savory nor sweet. It is overly spicy and not fit for human consumption. Usually cucumbers get a bad rap but this book equally
The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln Reiss 2003 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
No Longer Afraid Sanford 1992 Our pal Doris is back with another in depth look at childhood cancer as part of the Children of Courage series. (Please check the category of “Doris Hall of Infamy” for more examples.) Our child