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Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same: The Life and Times of Some Chickens Hardcover – November 5, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Wee, bright yellow, plastic chicks complain about shopping, calories and boyfriends in this sassy volume by visual artist Tanen. The collection features full-page color photographs in which the author's tiny, beady-eyed chicks confront a hilarious selection of modern (and sometimes fantastical) situations. In one picture, for example, a chick expresses frustration over a crowded exercise class ("Maude was peeved. Her 3:30 yoga class was full again. Didn't anybody work in this town?"). In another, a princess chick stares at the frog sitting on her bed and decides to terminate their relationship ("Anastasia was through making out with Ian. He was never going to change.") The chicks are darling, and the dioramas in which Tanen places them are perfect. This satirical take on the trials and tribulations of the modern, urbane female is sure to please the very sort it gently teases.
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About the Author
Sloane Tanen's work has been exhibited in a number of shows and can be found in private and corporate collections in Manhattan, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and holds graduate degrees in literary theory from NYU and in art history from Columbia University. She lives with her husband in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
But the thing is, it IS really funny. I gave it to my lovely bride as a birthday present after she kept returning to it at the store and laughing at one image after another. Now, we're taking turns browsing through it again and again. "Sleep with one eye open, mother." "Princess Gwyneth's money was on Puff." Great stuff.
"Bitter with Baggage" kind of reminds me of the Monty Python fish-slapping dance sketch: it's a good test of whether someone has even a rudimentary sense of humor. If they do, they're sure to get at least a chuckle out of this, and maybe a lot more.
If your sense of humor is somewhat whacky, the book is more than well worth it. Besides, it will make you smile.
For more holiday humor, try David Sedaris' "Holidays on Ice." It isn't a picture book, but it is mighty bitter at times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book about 12 years ago from a dear friend. I keep it on my nightstand and take a look when I want/need a chuckle. It's so clever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mary lou connolly
Thee are some who go through a couple of pages without getting it, but they're FAR too serious anyway. This book is one of a handful I grab when life is just too weird. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Happy in Virginia
So very funny, clever, witty and entertaining! Had me laughing out loud. Love all the little details in the pictures. Very well done. Read morePublished 13 months ago by bookworm1976
Not appropriate for our library. The examples in these books for older children are not acceptable to me not is the language.Published 23 months ago by Dianne T. Harper
An abundantly hilarious book. A great gift for anyone that loves chicken as pets! I could not resist it and read the book prior to gifting it. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Happy Girl
So pleased that this book is still available, and that I'm reviewing it in time for you to incorporate it in that extra-special, off-beat, adult Easter basket. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Lynne