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review 2020-04-29 21:08
Barbie Goes to a Party by Jean Bethell
Barbie Goes to a Party - Jean Bethell,Claudine Nankivel

"Nancy invited me to a party, what should I wear?"

"What about this? No? Or that?"

"No mother, but, what about this?"

"Not for a party!"

"Hi Barbie, are you going to Nancy's party?"

"Hello, Midge. Yes, are you going to Nancy's party?"

"Yes, Barbie. What are you going to wear?"

"I don't know. What are you wearing to the party?"

"I don't know. Let's call Sue."

"Hi Sue, are you going to Nancy's party?"

"Yes, Barbie. Are you going to Nancy's party?"

"Yes, Sue, what are you going to wear?"

"I don't know. What are you going to wear Barbie?"

So many pages. Soooo many pages.

My brain felt like mush. The book did have fun pictures that detailed many, many, actual Barbie outfits and the backdrops were copied from 'Barbie's Dream House'. Its fun as a collector, but this had no redeeming story value at all. Clothing is rejected with no explanation - I would have killed for a didactic explanation of party etiquette and dress codes.

 

 

Skipping product numbers and year.

 

Seven outfits not worn to the party: 'Orange Blossom', 'Swingin' Easy', 'Theatre Date', ''Fancy Free', 'Fashion Pak Knit Dress', 'Senior Prom', and 'After Five'.

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review 2020-04-28 22:28
Barbie the Baby Sitter by Jean Bethell
Barbie the Babysitter - Jean Bethell

'Barbie the Baby Sitter' is an early reader picture book, so I wasn't expecting a complicated story. The problem came with this book breaking the single most common-sense rule of these books and makes it impossible to enjoy on any level.

 

The story involves Barbie agreeing to baby-sit the dreaded Tyler twins on the same night she has to write a story for school. The twins get up to mischief and prevent Barbie from thinking about what to write until she realizes that her life is the story.

 

The problem is that at every opportunity the words and the pictures are out of sync. The text will describe Barbie looking for one twin or the other, but the picture on that same page shows us what the little bastards are doing. There's no suspense and really no reason for kids to bother reading the text at all.

 

The pictures, particularly the opening shot of Midge and Barbie discussing homework in front of a mid-century modern street, are charming, but can't make up for the other flaws.

 

 

Midge wears #953 'Barbie Baby Sits' from 1963 (it was tweaked and re-released in 1965 with some accessories swapped out). I'm missing the list of phone numbers, snacks, and other pieces, but is still a cute set.

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review 2020-04-25 01:11
Book Review: I Hate, Hate, Hate This Time of Day!: A Cute Bedtime Story
I hate, hate, hate this time of day! - Alyssa Miracle

I Hate, Hate, Hate This Time of Day, is a book about an elephant that does not like going to bed. Know any children that are like that. I am sure you do. We all have either gone through it or done it ourselves.

 

Well, this book focuses on that time of day. This is a good bedtime story. It creates a routine for Edgar with his mom. Though Edgar seems to think that playing and having fun is best. Though can you make it fun to get ready to go to bed.

 

The author does this quite well. I love the pictures. It easy to read. I love Edgar's response each time his more asks. Children just love to play and have fun. Maybe this book will help with bedtime.

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review 2020-02-02 23:30
Barbie's Adventures at Camp by Carl Memling
Barbie's Adventures at Camp - Carl Memling,Burmah Burris

This is an unobjectionable picture book. Well, it would be if it weren't so forgettable. A picture book has ~30 or so pages to impress a story, a moral, or images on a young reader, and this one fails to inspire anything but faint confusion. The book launches into three pretty girls - I think one is sleepy, one has glasses and the other is 'lively' - arriving at camp and loving their Junior Counselor, Barbie. Right away the lively one, Kim, gets into trouble and wanders away, which she proceeds to do at every opportunity. Barbie is scolded for losing her charge and so spends the majority of her time taking care of this girl. The other two, sleepy and glasses, grow resentful at their apparent neglect, and hatch a plan to get attention.

 

I'm not sure what the lesson is - it may have been don't forget those who don't demand your attention, but Kim's "special" skills sort of save the day in the end. So those girls should have been fine with unequal attention?

 

It's all beyond me. The only tie-in with the brand was a weird letter Barbie writes to Midge that literally ends with "Have you seen Ken?"

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review 2020-01-26 19:13
Portrait of Skipper by Ellen Lenhart
Portrait of Skipper - Claudine Nankivel,Ellen Lenhart

This picture book follows Skipper on her adventures from Halloween to Christmas.A fortune-teller predicts that "something wonderful" is in store for her future, what could it be?

 

While their parents are off in Europe for, I don't know, forever, Barbie is tasked for looking after Skipper. This seems to be a painless affair, especially since there's a woman who looks in every now and then to help with the shopping and the "usual" chores. Though elements of this storybook are blantant propaganda for the toy line, this book works better as a story about a young girl and as a marketing tool than 'Happy-Go-Lucky Skipper', which came out a year later and made no attempt to expand upon, or even work with, the story crafted for the toy..

 

I especially liked the numerous illustrations that detail pretty much every outfit available to Skipper in 1964. Never mock synergy, Lemon. Skipper even receives some dolls in international costume that suspiciously look like....you guessed it:

 

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