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The King With Six Friends

November 30, 2017
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Not a terrible message, just sexist.

He paid the girl, and gave her a kiss of thanks. Great. This book is traditional in many ways, including one of which is its sexist nature. The king has no female friends. They are all male. The princess doesn't do anything in the story except get her hand in marriage won.

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Good leaders are important.

What Do You Say, Dear?

November 3, 2017
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I have changed my mind on this.

I remembered really liking this book when I read it almost a year ago. But now that I look at it again, I'm frankly disappointed by the gender breakdown of the situations. The boy character gets to receive a pet baby elephant, rescue a princess from a dragon, portray a cowboy, be bitten by a dinosaur, be the groom at a wedding, attend the princess's ball, visit London to dine with the Queen, fly an airplane to visit the Duchess, and invite all his friends over for a party. The girl character gets to pick flowers, be rescued, be a nurse, go shopping, be the bride in a wedding, be a Princess, be a Queen, be a Duchess, and be captured.

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Be polite.

The Story About Ping

October 5, 2017
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Duck, duck, abuse.

Nothing like this would be written today. It's just so a product of its time. Even back then, I think the message was: If your family is abusive to you, suck it up because home is where you belong. Nobody would write a book with that message nowadays!

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It's better to be with your family even if they are physically abusive.

Loudmouth George and the Sixth-Grade Bully

January 16, 2017
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Wrong book is wrong.

That's not how you deal with a problem like that. You really need to get an adult involved. You don't want to end up in a situation where the bully is actually violent with you. There are only threats in this story, but kids aren't going to come up with the solution to bullying on their own. This whole book is a bad idea. Don't do this.

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People will stop bullying you if you trick them into eating something yucky.

You Get What You Get

January 14, 2017
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At least the author can't complain about my review. She gets what she gets.

So, yeah. Magical solution to an actual real problem. That I really have. I'm pretty sure if I told my child, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit," (he's almost three) he would throw a fit. And it's about as condescending as "Because I said so." Who gets to decide "what you get"?

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You get what you get and you don't throw a fit.

Todd's TV

November 23, 2016
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Television is bad. Because it is.

I hated this book so much I wrote a YouTube review of it.

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Television is bad.

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