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The Little Red Caboose

October 30, 2016
Subheader: 

Respect cabooses. Or something.

All the kids wave at the train, except not the caboose because they're bored by then. And I can't blame them.

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Message: 

People only like you if you are useful. Or, eventually you'll get thanked for the hard work you do.

Gerald McBoing Boing

November 2, 2016
Subheader: 

Good message, poor execution.

I want to like this book, because it has a good message, but I can't get past the way the parents implicitly treat Gerald.

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Message: 

Everybody can have a place that they fit. Something which seems like a flaw at first can be a strength when viewed from the right angle.

The Berenstain Bears' Really Big Pet Show

October 27, 2016
Subheader: 

All pets are equal, but some are more equal than others.

If I didn't know better, I would think they were intending to write something about the "entitlement generation." Because, seriously, that's what this turns out to be. "I can't decide who is the best! Everybody gets a prize!"

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Message: 

You can never have too many pets. All pets are awesome.

The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound!

October 31, 2016
Subheader: 

Skateboarding safety gear is radical.

How big is Bear Country, anyway? They took a fricking road trip around it in another book, complete with their own version of Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls, and now they've got the Official Skate Park in somebody's cow pasture.

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Message: 

Wear your safety gear.

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