I've been working on a list of great books to give kids this holiday season for the Baltimore Sun. Did you know I write for the Baltimore Sun? I always forget to link to those articles here. Anyway, I've been up to my armpits in beautifully printed picture books, factbooks, and pop-up books. I've even gone to the local independent bookstores to see items that the library doesn't buy - sticker books, activity books, books with storycubes.
But I haven't been looking at gift books for grownups, not at all. That's because Quirk Books sent me this set of paper dolls and I kind of want to give it to everyone I know, even the people who haaaaate Hillary. Maybe especially them.
It's a cool set. I just showed it to my friend Amanda and at first she said "Whaaaaaat?" and then she looked a little closer and went, "Is that... Bono?" and then I showed her that it also comes with a paper doll ghost of Nancy Reagan and I think she was sold. For me, it was the paper doll of the Notorious RBG. I wonder how Justice Ginsburg and Hillary get along. I kind of get that 'guy's lady' vibe off of Ruth - you know, how some women really groove on men and are a little frosty with other women? I don't know.
But I can stick em in my dollhouse diorama and pretend they're having high-level civil discussions while sort of secretly sniping at each other. Oprah's in the room and she's mentally rolling her eyes. "WHY do women DO this to each other?" she'll be thinking. Then paper-doll Bill can come into the room in his jammies and Ruth can twinkle at him and Hillary can be like, "Yeah, here we go." Brigadier General Duckie has no opinion on the matter. He's just waiting around for his tiny little RBG hug.
Can you imagine Bill Clinton back in the White House? He was a pretty good president, but he's such a clown to me now. I don't know who on the other side is manipulating his public image this way, but it's like any day now I expect him to come out with his own brand of beer. Remember Billy Beer?
The set, which collapses to book form, comes with three pop-out scenes: the Oval Office, the Situation Room, and the White House lawn. There's a paper podium and a presidential desk. You can put Hillary in a variety of pantsuits plus a ballgown that comes with an updo. There's even a spare head sporting those bitchin' sunglasses.
You get Secret Service agents to guard her paper butt, the ghost of Jackie O to judge her paper butt, and a couple of opponents whose paper butts she can kick. Disappointingly, there's no Trump. I can imagine that back when this project was in its planning stages, the geniuses at Quirk thought about it, "Should we put in Trump?" "Nah. Stunt candidacy. He's only in it to drop out in a huff when he doesn't get the numbers." So instead this set includes Jeb Bush and John Boehner. Remember those guys? And Trump and Bernie are available as a color PDF on the Quirk site.
Keepin' it relevant, Quirk. I like that.