Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Funny Side of Barbie

Looking for something to give a Kindle-loving friend for the holidays? This recently release e-book is a good choice. My friend Clare wrote a book called "The Funny Side of Barbie: 101 Hilarious True Stories of the Crazy Things Kids Do to Barbie Dolls". She sent me a copy to read and I have to say, it's pretty hilarious! I designed the cover for the book. 

Clare sent me a copy of the book and I have been reading them a few at a time. Some of them are so hilarious I have to stop reading just to enjoy the chuckles for awhile. There are tales of decapitation, boob-ectomies, trans-gender operations, and more. Who knew kids were so kinky?

When I was living in a college dorm there was a girl down the hall who had these strange gold and silver ornaments hanging on her door. I finally realized they were headless, armless Barbies that had been dipped in metallic paint and rolled in glitter. They were quite festive albeit demented and I think people must have complained because they soon disappeared. I should have told Clare that story, maybe she would have put it in her book.

One of the funniest stories in the book (in my opinion) involves a little boy who is coerced into playing with his sister, she with her Barbie, he with his GI Joe. The kid gets the idea that GI Joe is having Vietnam flashbacks and, well, you have to read the story.

This is an innovative book and anyone who has ever owned a Barbie or disliked someone who owned a Barbie will most likely identify with many of the stories in it. I know you will laugh but I wonder if you will be surprised at what twisted little stinkers a lot of kids are. If you have kids, you'll understand.

Thanks for reading.

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