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One Star Review Guess Who? (#4)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon?

[Author]’s book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers’ minds. More troubling is that it is aimed at children, who don’t yet have the critical faculties to defend themselves from such underhanded methods.

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One Star Review Guess Who (#1)

One Star Review Guess Who (#2)

One Star Review Guess Who (#3)

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.


  1. Sara Ralph says

    My first response to this is complete anger since it is one of my favorite children’s books of all time. There’s no accounting for taste I guess? No shortage of idiots either.

  2. I guessed it! I win! Wait, what do I win? LOL.

    Everyone’s a critic these days.

  3. I got it right! I got it right! Exhilarating and depressing. :)


  5. Shannon Ozirny says

    The Lone Star is both unimpressed AND Canadian. I love it.

  6. I thought it was going to be Babar. There’s a lot of hate for it on GoodReads for promoting colonialism.