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The Children’s Book That Predicted the Fidget Craze

Good for Nothing

I appears we have a children’s lit Rasputin on our hands, folks. Her name?

Charise Mericle Harper (CMH)

If you work in a school (or have recently been within shouting distance of a child) you know that “fidgets” are a hot fad. They are the slap bracelet of the twenty teens.

Maybe you’ve seen a spinner or two?

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I was reading The Good For Nothing Button to a class yesterday (it’s fantastic) when a student (shout-out to Jacob) said, “It’s a fidget.”

In my head I pulled a Grandpa Bucket.

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Because he’s right.

It’s pretty obvious what has happened here. In the book The Good For Nothing Button, CMH PREDICTED the fidget craze.

Need some additional evidence?

Wait, what’s this???

*ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE* You know what became popular in the week following the release of The Good For Nothing Button?

This:

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IT IS AN ACTUAL GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON!!!

LOOK FAMILIAR???

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Case closed.

All I’m saying is, keep an eye on CMH – she knows things.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Charise Harper says:

    That button! I need that.

  2. HAHA my son just got one of these. I really thought he had just happened upon some unique little toy. I had never heard of one before he asked us for it. Almost as soon as he got his, I started paying attention a little better I suppose and realized these things were EVERYWHERE! I have to admit, it’s a cool little toy though. :)

  3. Doh! You’re right!

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