I was sitting on the tram this morning when I noticed that a girl was reading Sue Lawson’s Allie McGregor’s True Colours which is published by us here at black dog books. It always gives me a bit of a thrill when I see kids actually reading our books out there in the real world so what happened next was even more fun!
The girl reading (girl A for convenience) was standing with her friend Girl B. Girl B turns to Girl A and says (mildly) “oh, I didn’t like that book.” Girl A turns on her friend with a look of absolute disgust and screeches (yes, she is a teen so screech she did) “Oh my God, you are so stupid! I can’t believe you just said that. This is, like, the best book ever!” Girl B is looking a bit stunned and says “I can’t believe you just said that. I am allowed to not like it.” Girl A was furious! She waved the book in her friends face and says “THIS. IS. THE. BEST. BOOK. EVER. EVER! And if you don’t think so you are sooooooooooo stuuuuuuuupid!” The rest of the tram trip they were pretty quiet. But I gotta tell you, if looks could kill Girl A would have killed Girl B, dug her up and killed her again.
The whole incident begs the question “What book are you prepared to fight for?”