Over the span of about an hour, I received the following questions from one boy. They started to increase in frequency after a while and by the end were coming one after another.
Boy: Do you have the book Alien vs. Predator?
Me: Um, I think that’s just a movie. We have it at the other branch.*
Boy: Do you have a book on dogs?
Boy: Do you have any books about magic?
Boy: I need one book for school. Do you have a book about Nazis?
Boy: Do you have books on how to make food?
Me: These are all of the cookbooks we have.
Boy: (pauses, I can tell he doesn’t feel like looking through them) Do you have any books on how to make…how to make…how to make?
Me: How to make what? Food? Crafts?
Me: That’s what all of these cookbooks are for!
Boy: These don’t have what I want.
Me: You didn’t even look at them!
Boy: Do you have any Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
Boy: (standing at the desk flipping through the Nazi book) Who’s Adolf Hitler?
Me: He was the leader of the Nazis.
Boy: But was he bad or good?
Me: He was bad.
Boy: Do you have any books about guns?
I’m surprised he didn’t ask me if these vans get good gas mileage.
*Side note: After further fact-checking for blog purposes, it turns out that there IS a novelization of AVP. My library, however, does not own it.