In reviewing books by Mickey and Cheryl Gill, creators of both the Dude! series and Coke or Pepsi? Universe, I’ve recommended them as holiday, birthday, or just-because gifts. As I was looking through Coke or Pepsi? Girl!, I remembered back to when my darling daughters were tweens and teenagers. Two girls, two years apart. It occurred to me that there are some other good reasons to give Girl!, such as when someone is sick, or the weather is too bad for visits with friends, or when the power goes out and there’s no Internet.
For some reason, no one gets bored like a teenage girl (but not bored enough to help with the housework). Girls are notorious for their inability to smile when they are bored. In order to stave off boredom in a housebound girl, it might be a very good idea to have a copy of Girl! on hand. Filled with neat question and answer pages, quizzes, and exercises that will let girls be creative, Girl! is a book that can easily fill in when texting is a no-no (e.g., when all your friends are in school and you’ve got the measles).
Many of the activities in Girl! can be shared, although the result may be a lot of giggling and repeated LOLs. Somehow, though, that seems to beat someone screaming “I’m BORED!” every few minutes.
Can you imagine anyone other than a tween or young teen trying on lipstick shades, blotting her lips on a page, and then writing the names of each shade next to it? How about using real nail polish to paint cartoon feet (each toe a different color, of course)? Now imagine several girls with markers between their toes or in their mouths attempting to draw self-portraits; maybe you should keep the videocam handy… just in case.
There are pages toward the back of Girl! designed for self-expression, which are followed by some cute signs intended for bedroom doors and inside lockers. Other creative activities include “Write a Rap about Something Dramatic (or not) that happened today,” dressing the Venus de Milo in a favorite outfit (because “She’s soooo boring.”), and “Make a Wish on a Shooting Star.” Quizzes about personal preferences offer the opportunity for introspection (even if it is by accident), while some of the questions explore values. There’s enough silliness to camouflage the serious stuff, so don’t worry, Girl! won’t bore.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Girl!? Yes, in fact there are several young ladies on my gift list who would enjoy it.