The American Library Association has just announced that And Tango Makes Three has topped it's list of most challenged books. For those of you who don't know the story, And Tango Makes Three is a children's book based on a true story about two male penguins at New York's Central Park Zoo who raised a baby penguin together. Well those sneaky authors, dontcha know they're promoting a homosexual lifestyle!
I'm sorry, I have a hard time believing that when kids read this book they immediately think to themselves, "I want me some hot, gay lurve!" I guess there is a deeper message of non-traditional families being "OK" - but are kids really going to get "all that" out of a picture book? I'm thinking they'll think that it's a "cute story about cute penguins." But hell, what do I know? I'm just the librarian here.
In a case of not giving kids enough credit - a 16-year-old boy cracked an Internet filter that the Australian government spent $84 million dollars on. In thirty minutes no less. My God. And here I thought the U.S government held the market share on idiocy. To add insult to injury, when the government offered up a second filter, he cracked that in 40 minutes. I won't get on my soapbox about Internet filtering, but this story has an important message - that I am right. Seriously, let's not rely on technology to protect our children. Frankly there ain't no short cuts to good parenting - but again, what the hell do I know? I'm just the librarian here.
In delectably naughty news, I came back from a committee meeting (which was like having my brains sucked out of my nose through a straw) to find a package from Dorchester on my desk. I met one of their editors at RWA and when she told me, "If there is anything you'd like from us..." I told her how much I totally dig the Hard Case Crime line. Yeah, you guessed it! I got me a free book!
Kill Now, Pay Later by Robert Terrall (reprint of 1960 original). Available in bookstores now.
When Ben Gates took the job guarding the presents at a ritzy upper-class wedding, he thought it would be a simple assignment: stand around, look tough, and make sure none of the bridesmaids walk off with the jewelry.Three femme fatales? Be still my heart! And I totally dig their covers. Her feet look a little too big, but dang, sometimes I wish romance would go back to these artist painted covers. Ripped bodices, heaving bosoms and copious amounts of man-titty just look a whole lot classier when they're painted. Wouldn't you agree?
But that was before someone slipped sleeping pills into Ben’s coffee and a bizarre robbery attempt left two people dead. Now Ben’s reputation is on the line—and if he doesn’t figure out which of three beautiful women is hiding a murderous secret, his life may be as well…