"Stop Dressing your Six Year Old Like a Skank: And other words of delicate southern wisdom" by Celia Rivenbark

On to less controversial topics...here are some of the latest books that I have been procrastinating reviewing.

This was a hilarious book of scenarios from this mom's life, and her opinions. It was hilarious because she wrote in such an informal, chatty style, and added lots of funny details. It was a bit caricature-esque, but I especially liked the very, very, very snide chapter about childrens' toys and how ridiculous it was that she couldn't even find a toy gun in the local Toys 'R Us because they have become so "offensive" and anti-PC, and also her commentary on what Barbie, Ken, and Midge's relationships might actually mean. Super funny.

She's not LDS, so some of her humor is a bit...well I think I ended up skipping or skimming a chapter or two. Or three. The one about sex, or marital problems. I don't need to be reading about that.

Honestly, it read like the Jenny McCarthy book, "Baby Laughs." It will put you in a good mood, but you may feel discouraged about the intelligence of mom writers.


  1. Sounds hilarious and just for the record, I think writing something funny requires tremendous intelligence.

  2. I actually think you're right; humor probably does require a lot of brain power. Thanks for pointing that out. This woman had EXCELLENT observation skills, which is why I think her book was funny. I think what I meant was reading this book may make you feel discouraged about the writing skills of mom writers, which is a totally separate issue (this book was something I read after reading several other not particularly well written books by moms). Casual vernacular writing with an overabundance of vulgarity doesn't take that much skill or intelligence, but infusing it with humor does. For this book, it was kind of a fine line between what was laugh out loud funny and what was I think I'll skip that paragraph. You know?


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