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What's next–a children's book explaining daddy's issues with the size of his manhood?

Once in a while I read something that just seems so, well, I don’t know what, but my opinion of it would seem so obvious that writing a caustic (or, less often, constructive) comment just seems redundant. But duty compels me, and so I persevere.

The use of children’s books as educational tools isn’t new, of course. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I do worry that some people believe educational value is the most important component of all children’s books (they should be more than manuals), but I’m sure we all agree on the kinds of things that children’s books should teach, right? Good manners, good citizenship, self-reliance, the importance of a flat tummy and a straight nose and big breasts…. If we use children’s books as educational tools, they’re sometimes going to be used as propaganda, too.

Michael Salzhauer, a Bal Harbor, Florida-based plastic surgeon, has written a children’s book to help parents prepare their kids for mommy’s changed body. And teaching children to cope with their mom’s poor self-image, of course, prepares them to one day have poor self-images of their very own. Touching, isn’t it? From the AP (“Book takes on mommy’s plastic surgery“):

Illustrations show a crook-nosed mom with loose tummy skin under her half shirt picking up her young daughter early from school one day and taking her to a strapping and handsome “Dr. Michael.”

Mom explains she’s going to have operations on her nose and tummy and may have to take it easy for a week or so. The girl asks if the operations will hurt, and mom replies, “Maybe a little,” warning she’ll look different after the bandages come off.

The girl asks: “Why are you going to look different?”

Mom responds: “Not just different, my dear – prettier!”

My Beautiful Mommy is available through Big Tent, a fee-based publisher.

My Beautiful Mommy

(Thanks, Corey!)

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

4 Comments on "What's next–a children's book explaining daddy's issues with the size of his manhood?"

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  1. autophagy@yahoo.com' Lisa C. says:

    It’s not quite what you asked for, but have you heard about Little Zizi, a new picture book by Thierry Lanin about penile insecurity? In contrast to My Beautiful Mommy, however, from the reviews it sounds like it’s got a message of empowerment and self-acceptance. Not a mention of penis pumps, surgery, or Cialis to be found!

  2. Keir says:

    Thanks, Lisa. That could help some kids (and some grown-ups, probably) feel better about themselves. I was thinking last night that sometimes, of course, plastic surgery can help people who have been disfigured or who are so different-looking that they can’t have a normal life. And a book dealing with that would make some sense. And, of course, there could be a “My Beautiful Mommy” book that has nothing to do with Mommy’s need to change her appearance….

  3. And I thought those jokers on “Wait, Wait” were just pulling my ear!

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