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Child predator’s dream book
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2021
I ordered this on the spot when I first saw it, thinking it would be a great addition to our much-lived collection of Little Blue Truck books. I made the mistake of reading it with my kids before I’d done a preview read myself, and was horrified.
In this book, Piggy missed the bus and is crying at the bus stop. Blue comes by and offers him a ride to school. Piggy gets in, and Blue takes an unexpected route through the woods, reassuring a nervous Piggy that it’s a shortcut. And it is. They make it to school at the same time as the bus, happily normalizing the danger of getting into a vehicle without a parent’s (or any person’s) knowledge, and without giving any background as to whether it was a pre-approved part of a safety plan.
It is common knowledge that most crimes against children are perpetrated by people who are known to the child. This book encourages and normalizes behavior that could easily place a child in a very dangerous situation. I can’t believe it got past an editor. Certainly our family isn’t reading it again.