29 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

The Extra-Super Model Paper Dolls Paperback by Janell Simoni Timmons

When this book appeared in my mailbox for review, I was very torn about how to review it. I used to be a “extra-super” person, but I’ve lost over 200 pounds, and am now a normal weight. Normal. Not stick thin and not obese either. Obviously, this book brought up some strong emotions on both side of that coin. So, I hung onto it. It stayed on my desk for a month until a group of about 10 of my girlfriends got together and I brought it out to get their opinions as well. We’re all in our mid-30s, so you have a frame of reference. I also asked my husband for his feedback.

My first thought was that I wasn’t sure I want my daughter playing with these. Granted, I think these are definitely more of a novelty item and probably aren’t meant for kids, but the big reason was the clothes the model has on. Most of my girlfriends agreed that while we understand that the author/artist is making a point that beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes, that we didn’t think that any paper doll should be wearing some of these clothes – or lack thereof. We’re not prudes either, but why do paper dolls always have to have the models wearing super short skirts and sexy weird outfits? Where are the yoga pants, jeans and t-shirts? I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t routinely dress up looking like a little Dutch girl.

I remember playing with paper dolls when I was kid. There were the overly-done impossibly-thin models that didn’t look like anyone I knew and there were characters. I remember Strawberry Shortcake in particular. They also were perforated, so it was easy to punch them out. I guess the new trend is to cut them out by hand, but I think if you were going to actually use them, it would be a bit of a pain.

Having said that, the artwork is nice and the paper stock is of a good quality, so if you’re looking for something like this, it would be a great choice. For me, I want a normal sized paper doll that wears jeans and a sweatshirt.

Recommended for those that are part of the Healthy At Every Size movement and don’t mind a little too much leg showing.

Description:
A paper doll book featuring a large, plus-size model. She’s ‘Extra-Super’, with the confidence to wear whatever she wants! Book size is 9×12, with the doll printed on the back card-stock cover. Inside are 8 pages of clothes, including shoes, hats, wigs and jewelry. Original paintings were done in watercolor & marker. Quality offset printing done in the USA. Ready to be cut out and played with, or kept intact for your collection.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2013: 47
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