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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?


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.


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?


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Case closed.

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

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. 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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