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“Maggie Goes On a Diet” by Paul Kramer

According to BookBench, the world of literary parents is engaged in a whirlwind of teeth-gnashing and letter-writing furious enough to make one’s head spin.

The hubbub, bub, is the result of a new book slated for publication October 16th. Its title is Maggie Goes on A Diet by author Paul Kramer, and in the book description, it’s categorized as being appropriate for first graders – that’s ages 6 and up.

The synopsis?

This book is about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.

Ah, good. Just what every 6-year-old needs to think about. Now, be honest….do these Sesame Street sweatpants make my bum look big?

I’m going to refrain from ranting, but I would like to express my shock, if nothing else, at the fact that the choice of cover illustration made it through the editors. Good lord.

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