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Consuming Kids: Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing & Advertising Paperback – August 9, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


“A powerful warning and wake-up call.” –Marian Wright Edelman

“Forces us to see a world in which it is considered legitimate to treat children and their tastes as market potential and to manipulate them accordingly accordingly.” –Penelope Leach

“A call to arms. . . . We can and must take back our parental roles.” –T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

Susan Linn

“A cri de coeur on behalf of people too young to suspect how their ‘share of mind’ is being jealously divided. . . . Linn does a fine job of exposing the wickedness of preying commercially on the young.” –The Wall Street Journal

“Arguing passionately . . . Linn makes a compelling case for restricting commercial access to children.” –The Washington Post Book World

“A measured, but ultimately devastating, critique of consumerism and American childhood.” –Mother Jones

“A take-charge book [filled with] a multitude of amazing and often terrifying facts. . . . An important and startling book that should be read not only by parents, but by policymakers as well.” –Rocky Mountain News

“The most disturbing book of the year–a fact-filled study of just how commercialized childhood has become.” –The Weekly Standard

“At last a book that provides the data, the arguments, and the passion that can be mobilized to end marketing to children. Susan Linn is a hero of our times.” –Howard Gardner, author of Changing Minds

“Like Eric Schlosser in Fast Food Nation, Linn . . . put[s] together a truly devastating case . . . couch[ed] in the most reasonable terms possible. . . . A socially conscious account that deserves wide exposure.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Linn presents a salient, substantial, and worrying case. . . . As useful as it is serious, this book is necessary reading for parents.” –Alissa Quart, author of Branded

“[A] forceful exposé. . . . Illuminating.” –Library Journal (starred review)

“A compelling and compassionate critique. . . . If you’re thinking marketing to kids has gotten out of hand, and are wondering what to do, this book is for you. . . . Susan Linn has provided a road map for taking back the culture of childhood.” –Juliet B. Schor, author of Born To Buy

“Generous with both advice and the names of organizations already on the case.” –The Boston Globe

About the Author

Susan Linn is Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of the Media Center at Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston. An award-winning producer and ventriloquist, she is internationally known for her pioneering work using puppets as therapeutic tools with children and is co-founder of the coalition Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400079993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400079995
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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