Photos: Let’s Order Books Like it’s 1992
Let’s, for a moment, unlock the vault labeled “Recent History” (a.k.a. an old box my wife was recently unpacking), and see what we find…
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Ahh, yes – a Scholastic Book Club flier from 18 years ago. Right around the time our current college freshmen were born. You know about these fliers, right? Distributed monthly to schools in just about every last corner of the country, the book club flier brings back fond memories for many. I’m feeling the urge to make a couple wildly random observations:
Dynamite #164 featuring Beverly Hills 90210. Nice.
I loved this show when it was on. I don’t think it gets enough credit (/blame) for popularizing use of the ridiculous word “bro” among male friends. Take a look at the details and you’re in for another pop-culture flashback: Paula Abdul and C&C Music Factory posters inside. College freshmen were born when this came out? Hmm, this wasn’t that long ago. I’m feeling out of touch.
Novelty pencils, how quaint.
The heart themed pencils seem downright ancient compared to the whiz-bangery served up nowadays, where writing utensils write in invisible ink, light up, and/or create a smokescreen kids can use to lengthen recess time.
This looks crazy, doesn’t it? I know that Scholastic currently does $1 specials, but dropping down into the cents? I think I can hear the change jars rattling from here in 2010.
It can’t be said that Scholastic wasn’t pushing the Newbery books. The Golden Goblet, Lincoln: A Photobiography, Moccasin Trail – all Newbery-recognized.
Aww Yeah. You Be the Jury.
I still have these around somewhere. The case is presented, you predict the verdict. I loved these, and am still waiting for my shot at jury duty when I can put the skills I honed to the test.
In 1992 Dell Yearling and Apple paperbacks were still kinda cool.
Case in point: Everyone Else’s Parents Said Yes above. Now I’m starting to feel bad. The paperback editions that have graced many an Unfortunate Covers post were still in their heyday.
Wildly random observations complete.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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