Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: A Slightly Tarnished Southern Belle's Words of Wisdom

by Celia Rivenbark | Humor |
ISBN: 0312339941 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingglade1wing of McLeansville, North Carolina USA on 10/29/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingglade1wing from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Picked up from the free shelf at the used book store today. I believe I've seen it on at least one wish list during Wish List Tag, plus it looked like it might be fun. From the back cover:

Celia Rivenbark is an intrepid explorer and acid commentator on the land south of the Mason-Dixon Line. In this collection of screamingly funny essays, you'll discover:

*How to get your kid into a character breakfast at Disney World (or run the risk of eating chicken out of a bucket with Sneezy)
*Secrets of Celebrity Moms (don't hate them because they're beautiful when there are so many other reasons)
*ebay addiction and why "It ain't worth having if it ain't on ebay"
*Why today's children's clothes make six-year-olds look like Vegas showgirls with an abundance of anger issues
*And so much more!

Celia Rivenbark's essays about life in today's South are like caramel popcorn---sweet, salty, and utterly irresistible.

ETA 2-12-14: Promised to Bkind2books in the Wish List Tag game.

Journal Entry 2 by wingglade1wing at Greensboro, North Carolina USA on Monday, February 17, 2014
Just finished this one. It was okay but I didn't find it to be side-splitting. I think the publishers doomed it for me by putting a blurb that says, "Think Dave Barry with a female point of view," on the front cover. Dave Barry is my all-time favorite humorist and it's dangerous to get my expectations that high. I found Rivenbark's humor to be a pale comparison, and she even "steals" some riffs I think of as belonging to Barry, such as phrases that would be good rock band names, made-up mottos for organizations, and anagramming.

Rivenbark's style is very conversational and most of her observations are pretty acerbic. She is at her best when she is relating her own experiences with motherhood or other aspects of life, and not as funny when she's commenting on the larger society.

This was a quick read and fun enough, just not as good as I expected. I'll get this off to Bkind2books soon.

Journal Entry 3 by wingglade1wing at Greensboro, North Carolina USA on Friday, February 21, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (2/21/2014 UTC) at Greensboro, North Carolina USA


Sent to Bkind2books via Media Mail today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Thanks for the wishlist book - I like Rivenbark. She's not as funny as Dave Barry but her snarky humor is enjoyable.

Journal Entry 5 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Thursday, May 08, 2014
I love Celia Rivenbark! She always gets me rolling. This book of short essays focus on different aspects of Southern life - kids, husbands, celebrities, and other rites of Southern culture. The essay on obituaries was spot-on! Not to mention the visitation to the hospital. Lawd, I do know a few of these folks. And then there's her views on the food icons of the South, most specifically KK's - "Krispy Kreme doughnuts are the finest things on God's green earth." To which the proper response is a solemn "Amen, Sister!" I need to see if I can find Ms Rivenbark the next time I'm over in North Carolina so we can sit down and have a few (oh hell - just keep 'em coming) hot glazed KKs with a cold glass of milk. Heaven.

Journal Entry 6 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Monday, June 23, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (6/23/2014 UTC) at Clarksville, Tennessee USA


Sending to JennyC1230 for the Bio/Humor VBB

Journal Entry 7 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, June 30, 2014
Sent from Bkind2Books for my: Virtual Biography/Auto-Biography/Humor Bookbox.

I'm going to read this one while it's here. I love Celia Rivenbark's books. So funny!

My Review: I love this author, her views are funny, witty, and Southern.

Favorite Quote from the book: "Why is it a man performs the minimal task of getting his kid to and from school dressed in anything that's not Hello Kitty pajamas and he's all of a sudden fricken' Keanu dismantling a bomb on a city bus?"

Journal Entry 8 by JennyC1230 at Virtual Book Box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (3/5/2015 UTC) at Virtual Book Box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


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Journal Entry 9 by wingFiregirlwing at Annandale, Virginia USA on Thursday, March 12, 2015
Caught from the Memoir/Humor VBB. Thanks much! This looks like a hoot. Looking forward to it and I think I know just where to send it when I'm done.

Journal Entry 10 by wingFiregirlwing at Annandale, Virginia USA on Thursday, November 19, 2015
I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. Though there was the occasional humorous moment for me, generally I was pretty bored with it. Rivenbark writes a lot about children, parenting, clothing, and celebrities, none of which I have any interest in. I think I'm just not quite the right audience for this.

Journal Entry 11 by wingFiregirlwing at Car Wash Cafe in Kilmarnock, Virginia USA on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (11/17/2015 UTC) at Car Wash Cafe in Kilmarnock, Virginia USA


Left inside the cafe. Happy travels, little book!

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