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Top 10 Books That Will Shock Young Readers

By Tram Anh Apr 2, 2024

10. No Return, Mother, by Doris Sansford

by Doris Sanford, “Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy”

It would appear that Satanists enjoyed working at daycares in the 1980s and 1990s. At least that’s one eerie vibe that this jumbled novel has. of 1990, Sansford released the first of a series of books called “Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy” that helped children deal with tough topics. Regardless of the decade, the very fact that a book of this nature ever reached store shelves is a mystery.

After surviving horrifying rites at her daycare, a small girl named Allison finds healing via therapy. The worst part, though, is that Sansford spent months verifying the veracity of the ceremonies. The truth of Satanic abuse is something that children desire to know, Doris. The Therapist’s Notebook for Children and Teens had a passing reference to the book as well.

It is encouraging to see how far we’ve come in the last decade in terms of how we help children recover from trauma and abuse. I hope this book can remain tucked away on a dusty shelf.

9. Richard A. Cohen’s Alfie’s Home

Listening to Cassie Levy read Alfies Home

Crazy as that may sound, someone somewhere really did think, “You know what the world needs? Subjects covered include conversion therapy and sexual abuse in a children’s book. What are the chances of that going wrong?

“Oh my!” Everything went wrong!

The protagonist of Alfie’s Home, a young child, is haunted by the trauma of witnessing his uncle’s sexual abuse. If you can believe it, there’s a picture of the two of them cuddling up in bed. On numerous levels, the story is unsettling. After that, the lad struggles with his sexuality for a long time. His parents enrolled him in counseling because they think he is gay. Suddenly, during one of his sessions, his dad hugs him and he is “cured” of his homosexuality. It’s highly likely that this book caused more trouble than it solved.

Cohen presents the made-up children’s book as “proof” that homosexuals can undergo transformation. However, Maddow said in an interview that “Richard Cohen is not licensed by any American or any other licensing body whatsoever” in 2017. I really hope that no kid will ever have to read this.

8. Robert Newton Peck’s “A Day No Pigs Would Die”

Summary and Review of Robert Newton Peck’s A Day No Pigs Would Die – Minute Book Report

This beloved book from 1972 was an early work in the genre now known as young adult literature. It may not be strictly a children’s book, but it is deserving of inclusion anyway.

Peck writes about his upbringing in rural America in A Day No Pigs Would Die, which is partly autobiographical. The book delves into topics like mortality, purpose, and perseverance. It alludes to livestock husbandry and religion as well. Many of the book’s themes are unsettling, yet they are also inevitable in life. That is why this book is so useful for helping children cope with the difficult things that happen to them.

7. Carolyn Dean’s Children Are No Match for Flames

Show of Today Can you prevent children from experimenting with fire?

If if the book’s good intentions were the only thing that counted. The goal of the classic children’s book “Children Are No Match for Fire” by Carol Dean was to instill a reasonable fear of fire in young readers. Maybe she goes a little bit overboard, though.

To kick things off, we must note the cover, which depicts two little kids escaping from a lighter, candle, and match that are hovering in midair. I almost forgot: they’re all illuminated. We’ll discuss the plot after that unsettling picture has settled in.

Twins Jodi and John enrol in a fire safety course offered by their community’s fire service, where they study the lifesaving techniques of stopping, dropping, and rolling. At their birthday celebration, though, their abilities will be challenged, and ultimately, only they will be able to rescue the day. My one and only concern is that no one seems to be taking responsibility for themselves.

6. Judith Vigna’s “I Wish Daddy Didn’t Drink So Much”

I Wish My Dad Would Cut Down on His Alcohol Use—Papa Reads It Easy

To my surprise, this book has received mostly positive reviews. If implemented properly, it has the potential to be a useful tool for assisting children whose families are struggling with alcoholism. However, it is not the kind of book that would be appropriate for children to read before bedtime on their own.

Her father’s addiction has a devastating effect on their family, and the book delicately touches on AA meetings and their benefits. Additionally, the girl can voice her displeasure and approach her father about his issue. An author’s note delves into the topic of alcoholism, providing a definition and an analysis of the problem.

However, there is a significant drawback. The finale of this book is anything but pleasant. Neither he nor the girl’s father get well. This book has the potential to be therapeutic for children going through these tough times, but it also has the potential to make them feel helpless.

The book is written for younger readers, but the illustrations make it more appropriate for readers aged 14 and up.

5. Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima No Pika

As told by Toshi Maruki in The Hiroshima Story

You should seriously contemplate reading this book despite its unpleasant content. Actually, this story is perfect for getting kids and their parents talking. Despite being a work of fiction, it faithfully portrays the impact of the atomic bomb on families in Hiroshima, Japan. As part of her investigation, Maruki spoke with survivors who were willing to talk about what happened to them.

Hiroshima No Pika, written and published by Maruki, came out in 1981. Trying to put into words the mental and bodily suffering that the bomb induced is helpful. Keep in mind that the illustrations do contain some graphic elements. Some figures are rendered nude and their bodies are distorted in the aftermath of the bomb. Even though the book is meant for kids, some reviewers think it’s more appropriate for kids above the age of eight.

4. Maggie’s Diet Plan by Paul M. Kramer

The Diet of Maggie by Paul M. Kramer

You should never have had to go through what any child did after reading this book in 2011. Maggie Goes on a Diet was Kramer’s attempt to tackle children’s weight issues. An overweight female loses a significant amount of weight after starting a diet program in this novel. She finds joy and a sense of belonging as a “normal” girl at last.

Even though Kramer was trying to do the right thing, this strategy is backfiring. This book is perfect for parents who wish for their children to experience body dysmorphic disorder and self-loathing.

3. Morgan Carman’s “If a Peacock Finds a Pot Leaf.”

The Audiobook of “If a Peacock Fells a Pot Leaf”

There are a lot of publications and TV shows that try to discourage young people from using drugs. If you’re looking for a book that encourages children to do something, I’ll wager you haven’t seen one. If a Peacock Finds a Pot Leaf, written by Morgan Carman, was released that year (2013). Pete the Peacock finds a pot leaf in the jungle and the story follows him. By the grace of God, he has reliable animal companions who can enlighten him about the merits of medicinal marijuana.

Peter Peacock has been dabbling in narcotics before, believe it or not. Following on from the pro-drug series that began with “If a Peacock Discovers Hemp Island,” this is the last volume in the series.

2. In the Land of Willy Wonka and the Little Sperm!, written by Nicholas Allan

No parent enjoys having “the talk” with their child. Nick Allan, a children’s book author, has made it his mission to introduce children of all ages to the joys of reproduction.A little sperm named Willy competes with many others for the chance to lay an egg in the film Where Willy Went. The book details the stages of a baby’s development as it grows within a mother’s womb. To further illustrate Willy’s home and journey, it also includes crude drawings of a man’s and a woman’s genitalia.

This book from 2006 probably has about equal appeal on both sides. Making sexual references part of a bedtime story could be upsetting for some parents. However, every home is unique. When it comes to conversations like these, some parents choose to be far more candid and open than others. Actually, “57 percent said they only feel somewhat comfortable or uncomfortable talking to their children about sex and sexual health,” according to a Planned Parenthood parent survey.

This book could be a wonderful resource for your family if you are one of those people who is comfortable having these kinds of frank conversations. You might want to pass on borrowing this one from the library if that’s the case.

1. Dare Wright’s “The Lonely Doll I”

Reading aloud from “The Lonely Doll”

The top position on this list is justifiable for this book. A horror film would be a more appropriate home for this kind of story than a children’s book.

Edith, the titular doll, lives alone in the 1957 film The Lonely Doll, which features a succession of staged photographs of her. The arrival of two plush bears fulfills her want for companionship. Edith and the younger bear go adventuring and get themselves into trouble while their senior counterpart, Mr. Bear, is gone. Mr. Bear concludes that she deserves punishment for her terrible behavior. He then spanks her after turning her over on her knee.

Both the story and the photos are unsettling. Since Wright wrote the book to cope with the trauma she experienced as a youngster and her strange connection with her overbearing mother, it’s possible that this was deliberate.

Wright finished writing twenty novels for children and published numerous additional installments in the Lonely Doll series. Despite the book’s out-of-placeness in a nursery, it has helped many women find healing and connection through its unusual perspective on childhood.

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