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Anti-vaxxer Children’s Book about Measles Getting Trolled Hilariously

by Miral Sattar •  February 11, 2015  •   Follow miralsattar

Published in News  •  12 comments

It’s no secret that current news events can help boost book sales.

When it was announced that Harper Lee’s new novel was being release in the summer, To Kill A Mockingbird hit the charts again this week.

However, this is the first time I’ve seen reviews of a book on Amazon get absolutely destroyed by Amazon trolls as a result of a news event.
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Back in 2012, author Stephanie Messenger self-published Melanie’s Marvelous Measles. Little did she know that her book would get renewed attention as a result of a deadly measles outbreak in Disneyland this past December.

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles ridiculously stipulates the health benefits of having the measles. The disturbing cover pictures a young girl, Melanie, who is running around, but her stomach is covered with measles.

Amazon sometimes adds messages to the content of a book indicating that they aren’t held responsible for the content of the book, especially if the book is controversial.

This is the first time I’ve seen it on a book..

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Currently, the book has over 1200 reviews (and counting). The more notable ones below.

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We haven’t heard from Messenger, but perhaps she’s changed her mind about the measles being that marvelous after all.

About Miral Sattar

Lover of books. CEO & founder of Bibliocrunch. Love storytelling in all its forms. Formerly TIME. I'm a new media entrepreneur who has worked in the media industry for 11 years. My mission is simple – to innovate the publishing industry with technology. My company has been featured in BBC World News, Money Magazine, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Forbes, WSJ, MediaBistro, PBS, Columbia Journalism Review, The Next Web, Publishers Weekly, and a bunch of other places. Bibliocrunch was also selected as The Next Big Thing in media by the Paley Center. I also used to run a popular South Asian culture blog called Divanee. Before I ran my own company and became a mom, I used to be on the board for several literacy organizations, and wrote a LOT more. Hopefully, when things are calmer I can go back to that! :)