When I worked at a university library, I became accustomed to seeing these types of books (university libraries usually don't get rid of books.) Judith Vigna was one of my favourites from this time. She is the author of such inspirational children's fare as I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much, Nobody Wants a Nuclear War: Story and Pictures and Mommy and Me by Ourselves Again. (Maybe Daddy drinks because you're incredibly depressing, Judith).
I'm pretty used to seeing weird old books, is what I'm saying. But this one still made me do a spit-take:
This isn't funny because it uses the word retarded. It's funny because
- The cover image is unsightly. I'm not sure what craft it's supposed to be. Clay ingot mauling?
- "Through Their Hands / They Shall Learn."
- There seems to be a word missing from the title.
The librarians who submitted this book pose the question: “What better way to raise a child’s potential than by teaching him or her to stretch a goat skin to make a drum, then paint swastikas on it?”
There's plenty more at awfullibrarybooks.wordpress.com, including More Great Pantyhose Crafts (which is probably Amy-Sedaris-approved) and Everything You Need to Know About the Goth Scene (a book for concerned parents).