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Do You Know What I'm Going To Do Next Saturday?

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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Random Library (January 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0394900316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394900315
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,073,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
"Do You Know what I'm Going to Do Next Saturday?" fueled my own childhood hopes and dreams. The narrator, a pre-teen boy, describes all the incredible plans and schemes he intends to fulfill on Saturday. Each plan, more ambitious than the first, gets a photo illustration which suggests, just slightly, what the wish fulfillment could be, if only it could be. This book is a wonderful metaphor for the shining notion of "Saturday as liberation", a perfect capture of that sense of anticipation that after 43 years on this earth, I still bring to each Friday.
I love this book, because it's simple, direct, and yet keys into fantasies about "exciting weekends" I have had all my life. A sweet, earnest, goofy, fun book.
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Format: Library Binding
This book is not about a demented young boy, but a normal boy who's imagination is very healthy and very normal. When I was a youngster about that age, our neighborhood's youth like most neighborhood youth played either "combat" or "Cowboys and Indians". All in make believe fun. Later in life I followed my Dad's footsteps and entered military service. I became a Marine ( we don't like being called soldiers, Marine will do just fine. )during the time when going into the military wasn't very popular. (The Vietnam War)Now adays the country is so divided over our military and some are extremely quick to judge anyone who wants to be a Marine or Soldier when they grow up as being demented or sick. Whatever happened to patriotism? The boy in this book, most likely has had some outside influence much the same as I did when I was his age. John Wayne, Richard Widmark, William Bendix, and a whole lot more who portrayed our heroes in films like Sands of Iwo Jima, Guadal Canal Diary, Back to Bataan, Wake Island and more. What's wrong with a boy wanting to become something good rather than something bad. I think this book is not only a positive learning influence, but also it shows that there's nothing wrong with a healthy imagination.
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Format: Hardcover
My brother and I had the entire set of books from this publisher during childhood. The point of this book is about a young boy and his big dreams. The book has no political agenda, and the dreams the boy has about what he will do next Saturday are the dreams of all boys at that age in that era.

In the age of the poodle state, however, it is unlikely that this book would be allowed in any public or school library as it contains all sorts of "big dreams" including what the depressing nannies of our current culture would categorize as politically incorrect or insensitive topics. For example, the boy's big dreams include lots of eating (one picture alone would send Michael Bloomberg into shock at the number of emptied soda bottles), the concept of "beating" others in sports and other activities (winning and beating others seems to be somehow socially incorrect in certain circles these days), engaging in "dangerous activities" without parental supervision (anyone know the child abuse hotline number?), and finally, the one that will throw the modern day hoplophobes into disarray, night terrors and all sorts of other psychological quagmires, the boy dreams of using both pistols and rifles (in a safe way on a firing range under the supervision of the United States Marines no less). That last one will get the gun control zealots and the anti-military folks to mobilize for a protest over this book.

On the other hand, if you read this book in context, you will find a charming book about a boy who dreams big about everything from eating to boxing to flying jets and helicopters, and yes, to shooting guns with the Marines. What American boy has not had such dreams?
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Format: Hardcover
But I'm not sure why Rich felt the need to go on and on and on and ON about his Teapublican lifestyle and cute pink guns for girls instead of just reviewing the book. I loved it as a kid but I don't get the impression the author was advocating leaving loaded guns lying around the house with children present.
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