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My Beautiful Mommy Hardcover – May 1, 2008

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About the Author

Michael Salzhauer, MD is a boardcertified plastic surgeon practicing in Bal Harbour, Florida. He is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at The University of Miami, and aesthetic surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. He has performed hundreds of beautiful mommymakeovers during his career. As a father of four young children - and an avid bed-time storyteller - he recognizes the importance and value of using quality informational books to communicate effectively with children. This book was written to help guide patients and their children through their plastic surgery experience. For additional information please visit: balharboursurgery.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Big Tent Books (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601310323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601310323
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,114,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeff Holland on April 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A great way of sugar coating your personality disorders for your developing children! I recommend it along with the book, "Beautifully Bony: a child's guide to embracing mommy's anorexia," and of course the classic, "Doping daddy: a pop-up book about your father's ballooning biceps, and 101 totally cool tips on how to avoid 'roid rage.'" If only all forms of narcissism could be so skillfully repackaged!

My only problem with this book, and the reason why it did not receive more stars, is the way in which the pre-surgery mommy is so attractively illustrated. Why not give "cocoon mommy" a few more folds and sags to represent the sorry tramps who will be reading this book to their children before emerging from their surgery chrysalis? Your kids don't know you're ugly yet, so shouldn't we be teaching them the difference?
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As a public librarian who is into providing the truth from all sides of the story I feel this does not do justice. The writing is awful. Plastic surgeons should not be writing children's books! This is just a glorified advertisement to mothers to go use his services. This is written like a horrible fairytale gone wrong. The mother looks like a plastic Barbie dressed like she is working the street corner (and this is coming from someone who dresses trendy). If you want to explain to your child about surgery would you use Barbie? I think it is awful that they kept enticing the kid with candy so she would accept her mother changing her looks. I think this book is horribly written and illustrated for the point it was trying to make. Hopefully next time it will be presented in not such a bimbo, cheesy way to children. I would want to give the book a zero, but it does donate $ to people who are ill and need severe surgery to live a normal life. Why not write a book about that topic? Every public librarian I know frowned upon this book after reviewing it. It isn't one that we would recommend to educate, while entertaining a child.
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Has the world gone mad? Have I entered the Twilight Zone? I cannot imagine a sicker topic for a children's book. Sure, women (and men) everywhere are getting plastic surgery. Children will wonder why mommy (or daddy) is suddenly swaddled in bandages. But for the sake of God, Allah, Buddha, Ra, Zeus, and all other major deities, do we HAVE to make it sound like the greatest process in the world? Plastic surgery implies one thing: the person is not happy with his/her body. By making plastic surgery sound like a perfectly natural and fascinating process, it warps a child's view of their own body. What if, after the bandages come off and your showing off your new face, your adorable little daughter comes up to you and says, "Mommy, I'm ugly. Can Dr. Michael cut my nose off like he did to you?"
My suggestion for parents having plastic surgery: Tell your children the procedure. Tell them that you will look like a mummy for a few days. AND, tell them that it is your personal choice to go through with the surgery, that you are unhappy with your body, that you don't like how you look. Use this as an example: learn to love yourself, it will make life easier.
Now, if you will excuse me, Rod Serling and I have to organize a book burning.
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This atrocity should not exist. It is hideous, full of crap, and only serves as a vehicle to facilitate the warped sense of self-entitlement these mothers have. This book isn't for your kid. This book is for you, so you feel good about what you're doing. You don't need surgery. Live with what you've got and thereby teach your kid to do the same. Sick, sick, sick. And the illustrations look like a bad generic coloring book.
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Creepy beyond belief. Mommy looks like a blow-up doll before and after surgery. Hide this one from the kids unless you plan to pay for years of therapy.
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By sr on August 25, 2011
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Wow. Just. Wow. This is making me nauseous. Are people just incapable of talking to their children about things like this? Gross.
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When I read the description of this book I really thought it was a gag and not serious. After reading a couple of reviews I saw that it is a real book. All I can do is say wow. How sad I feel for kids now a days.
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At first, I thought this was a parody of a educational book for kids.

Then, I grasped THEY MEANT IT!

Why didn't they name it "Why Can't I Recognize My Mother Anymore?", or "Understanding Silicone For The Preteen Set"?

MOTHERS---THINK WHAT A TERRIBLE SET OF IDEAS THIS GIVES YOUR DAUGHTERS!

In Dr. Salzhauer's world, it is OK to teach young girls that the only path to self-esteem is to have potentially life-threatening surgery to make their bosoms larger, & thus please a man.
I say--no, it isn't.

Our Country, Land of the Free, home of the Superficial.
UPDATE--

A recent media commentator wrote:
"The picture book explains all about mom's new boobs, resculptured nose and liposuctioned tush. What's the lesson here? I can just hear the child saying, "I can't wait until I can pay to have someone make me pretty!"
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