Bad Habits!, Or, The Taming of Lucretzia Crum

Bad Habits!, Or, The Taming of Lucretzia Crum

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When Lucretzia Crum's outrageous behavior becomes a bad influence on her friends, the parents resort to extreme measures.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780803724327
0803724322
Branch Call Number: JE/COLE
Characteristics: p. 24cm.

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mmcbeth29
Sep 12, 2014

This book begins with an inventory of Lucretzia Crum's bad habits including being filthy, burping and bending over to fart. She throws tantrums, eats only candy and hurts other people. When other parents complain, her dad's solution is to create inventions that torture the girl by making her smell her own gas, wrapping her in metal tubing, making her unable to move her arms, and putting her in a cage outside the classroom window. Oh, but the horrible parenting doesn't end there. At Lucretzia's birthday party, the parents bring in a group of monsters. One of them has a head in the shape of a bottom and it farts ( this picture alone grossed me out).
Okay, I understand off humor, but not in a young children's picture book. This book is rated for ages 4-8. I don't believe it is appropriate for four year olds to read this book. Anyone who works with this age children knows the kids will be copying everything they see in this book, not learning any lesson about how to behave. The parents never correct the girls' behavior by setting limits, they simply scare her into behaving.
This entire book was more appropriate for middle school than young children.

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Sep 12, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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