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How would you like to have to read “Healthy Holly” to your kids? Disgraced Baltimore mayor’s real crime is writing the world’s dullest children’s books

April 2, 2019

That’s not just plodding; it’s poor punctuation: missing quotation marks, and what’s with the capital “A” in “Asked”? (Also, shouldn’t the “d” in “dad” be capitalized?)

I’ve got to say that the illustrations are kind of cute; I like the smiley tennis ball wearing sunglasses, although I can’t see what it adds to the story, such as it is–or why Holly is batting that ball off a sidewalk curb instead of in a court. (The illustrator, Andre Forde of Orlando, Florida, says he’s never met Pugh personally and worked solely on phoned-in instructions from an assistant of hers.)

So it may be all for the best that most of the “Healthy Holly” books have never seen the light of day. It’s wicked to self-deal, but it’s downright evil to force children to sit still while you torment them with pedantry so you can get them to eat their vegetables.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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