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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.

The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up

October 23, 2016
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Unrealistic story, unrealistic expectations.

What. This makes no sense. Nobody acts like this. This is ridiculous. They're trying to get a message across, but they're doing it by depicting an unrealistic scenario.

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Be nice to your loved ones.

The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings

September 22, 2016
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Video review.

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This book sends the wrong message to impressionable children. Basically, when the Little Rabbit gets the titular red wings, his mother and all the other animals reject him as a stranger and he is forced to undo his wish in order to fit in again. It teaches kids that being different is bad. My video review goes into more detail.

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Nobody likes you if you try to be different.

The Pout-Pout Fish

September 22, 2016
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Video 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.

The English Roses

September 22, 2016
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Video review.

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I felt that it portrayed the main character, Binah, as perfect, and the "English Roses", four other girls, were only jealous of her because she was so perfect. When they found out her mother was dead, they realized only then that their jealousy was unfounded. So the main character's only flaw is that she has a dead mother, and shunning people is bad because... they might have dead mothers. Or something. My video goes into more detail.

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Don't hate people who seem too perfect because they might have tragic backstories.

Whatever

October 22, 2016
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Gets sinister at the end.

Wow. I was not expecting the dark turn at the end.

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Be excited about things or nobody will care about you.

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