Wednesday, October 10, 2007

And If You Don't Have a Y Chromosome....

From Amazon:

THE DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS is the manual for everything that girls need to know –– and that doesn't mean sewing buttonholes! Whether it's female heroes in history, secret note–passing skills, science projects, friendship bracelets, double dutch, cats cradle, the perfect cartwheel or the eternal mystery of what boys are thinking, this book has it all. But it's not just a guide to giggling at sleepovers –– although that's included, of course! Whether readers consider themselves tomboys, girly–girls, or a little bit of both, this book is every girl's invitation to adventure.

Also from Amazon:

How to do almost anything in one handy little book! Want to be known for your unique style? Inside you'll learn how to design your own clothes (p. 35), do the perfect manicure (p. 82), or make your own lip gloss (p. 11). Feel like impressing your friends? Show them how you can make a crystal (p. 16), juggle one-handed (p. 33), or deal with a bully (p. 42). Bored and need something to do? Not anymore when you find out how to keep a secret diary (p. 88), make a scrapbook (p. 9), or put together a dance routine (p. 24). And tons of other neat-o things you need to know how to do!

Let me get this straight: Girls have all the American Girl publications, Nancy Drew books, any book written by Meg Cabot and a thousand other feel good, you can do it, money/period/hairstyle/crush-surviving guidebooks? The market is saturated with stuff for girls.

On the other hand, anything that would interest boys inevitably has to be shared by girls too. Just because boys don't like to read doesn't mean publishers should forget about them. That is part of what makes "The Dangerous Book for Boys" so appealing. No one is going to ban girls from opening it's pages, but this is one book that is most definitely 100% for boys.

So, if little girls really feel they need another book to tell them how to weave the perfect friendship bracelet and how to paint the perfect manicure, if they can't live with out a giggle-guide for sleep overs, then please help yourself to yet another book designed specifically for girls. But, with the abundance of titles girls have to choose from, couldn't we let the boys have their "Dangerous" book without having publishers trying to grab a piece of the action?

Ok, I know, it's just a book. I'll go have a cookie and take some deep breaths. I'll be ok.

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