Moderate publicity is being given to the American Library Association’s announcement of the Youth Media Awards (highlighting the best books, videos or audiobooks for children). Among them, the Newberry Award went to Jack Gantos’ Dead End In Norvelt, and The Caldecott Medal (for picture books) went to A Ball For Daisy about a dog who loses her ball.
Oddly, considerably less attention has been given to the American Library Association’s Youth Media Scowls for the very worst in children’s entertainment. Among them:
What Can We Throw In The Wood-Chipper? (picture book, ages 5-9): A lot, apparently. A lot.
Everybody Poops (Pop-up version) Despite the impressive detailing in the illustrations, and commitment to putting the reader “in the scene,” this one left readers nauseous and deliberately constipated.
Call of Duty: Sesame Street (interactive video game) Grover didn’t deserve that.
Life Is Meaningless, Followed By Inevitable Death. (choose-your-own-adventure book). Excerpt:”If you’d like to flee society, turn to page 19. If you’d like to compromise your dreams and take an unfulfilling job, turn to page 78. If you’d like to ponder your own irrelevance, turn to page 50.”
Book 5 in the Marla & Melissa: Junior Detectives! series: Creepy Timmy and the Case of the Missing Neighborhood Pets. (Series – mystery) An unexpected turn after the other books like The Candy-Bar Thief and The Case of the Lonely Woman Who Needed A Friend.
The final book in the Wizards of the Cloud Plane trilogy: Rise of The Guy Who’s Destined to, You Know, Wield The Big, Magic Whatever. Orb. Maybe An Enchanted Chainsaw Or A Shotgun Or Something. (Series – fantasy) Author TJ Melindas created an intricate, beautiful fantasy world in the first two books, but inspiration seemed to leave her in the final installment. Also, the “enchanted chainsaw” battle scenes are truly horrifying.
Things That Crawl On You While You Sleep! (science & discovery) Excerpt: “Hey kids! Did you know that every night you eat more kinds of spiders in your sleep than you probably even knew existed? Say, Ahhhh-mazing!” (p. 32)
Lady Constanza’s Forbidden Passion (picture book, ages 3-6). Publishers are saying there may have been a mix-up in the classification of this book. It would also explain the poor reception the same publisher’s new romance novel What Shall We Get Mr. Puppy For His Birthday? has received.