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The Pout-Pout Fish

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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This book sends absolutely the wrong message, in more ways than one. Basically, the main character is upset, and the only thing his "friends" tell him is that he should smile for them, oblivious to the possibility that he might have a legitimate problem of some kind, or that feeling sad is even okay in this aquatic world. They don't want to deal with his feelings. Then a stranger arrives and kisses him on the face, which magically fixes the problem, suggesting to impressionable kids (as other reviewers here have pointed out) that going around kissing people you don't know is acceptable and in fact desirable. My video review goes into more detail.

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Smile or your friends will hate you.

Get Your Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

September 22, 2016
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Two girls want to buy beads, so they sell lemonade to make money. Everything is provided to them for free, and they fail at selling anything until their brothers help them out by promoting them.

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Girls can't do anything right.

Barbie.com: The First Adventure

September 22, 2016
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Two girls are best friends and won't be in the same class at school. They get magically transported to Barbie's house via the website. Barbie tells them they can still be friends. The story seems like it was written to fit the pictures instead of the other way around.

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Computers are magic. Friends will be friends forever.

If I Ran the Zoo

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Surprisingly, slightly racist. Interesting enough to write a longer review. Having princes carry your stuff is some sort of statement.

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Zoos are great, but they could be much better. Or, foreigners should live in zoos.

Tootle

September 22, 2016
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Stay on the rails no matter what. For no reason, except because the people say so. Trains apparently love to play in meadows.

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Follow directions.

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