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Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories: A Tribute to the Threadbare Companions of Childhood Hardcover – April 1, 2007

4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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From the Publisher

* An artful and nostalgic collection of photographs and stories honoring our treasured and threadbare stuffed toys and blankies from childhood.
* Includes 50 full-color photographs, each accompanied by a brief essay describing the plaything's origins.
* Features familiar toys as well as one-of-a-kind handmade stuffies, including the book's canine namesake, Dirty Wow Wow.

About the Author

CHERYL and JEFFREY KATZ are the founders of the design firm C&J Katz Studio in the dog-friendly city of Boston, Massachusetts.


CHERYL and JEFFREY KATZ are the founders of the design firm C&J Katz Studio in the dog-friendly city of Boston, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088329
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I found this book at a bookstore and it caught my eye because of the stuffed animal on the cover...I have the same one, and he's in almost the same shape. This is a great little book to give to a friend or grown child who was known for carrying around some sort of blanket, stuffed animal, etc. Really cute little "stories" about the objects we loved to death as children.
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By Gromer on August 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the reviewer that said this book was just so-so - I really thought this a great book concept and was looking forward to heartwarming stories of people who remember their toys fondly, and funny pictures of wretched, worn, well-loved toys. However, the authors seem to fall short of the promised delivery on the cover - one of the "toys" was simply a photo of torn up cloth and the entry was called "Rags"...and the "story" was about how children may take to rags instead of stuffed toys. I felt a bit cheated. I would much have preferred real people and real stories about their stuff - maybe a photo of an interviewee and toy today and his/her childhood photo clutching the toy when new. I always loved those photos. But this book doesn't have such things - it seems superficial, more an artsy pretty photo book than a book where real legwork was taken to uncover the stories.
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This one of my favorite books.The friends in this book really have a
lot of soul.The subjects are so interesting I've found myself trying to
find out more about which companies originally made them.I have to
admit I bought my own Le Mutt plush dog because of the photo on the
front of the book jacket.
The latest name for this kind of childhood confidant is "lovie", which is a
term that makes me bristle,because it's rather dismissive towards these
hard working little fellows.They are, in reality- best friends, courage givers,
shoulders to cry upon, fear calmers, consolers, and sometimes even life
savers in times of crisis.They embody in their little worn out cloth bodies
the best qualities any human could ever aspire to.My Dad gave me my
first teddy bear in 1962 for my first birthday.He was a Cubbi Gund bear.
That little bear was by my side when my Dad died of a heart attack in 1967,
and he still lives with me today.To some, he's a little worse for wear, but in
my eyes he's still as dashingly handsome as the day we first met.
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I received this book as a gift and immediately had to order it as a gift for my sister who turns 65 next week. Her threadbare companion until our family left it in a motel enroute from Chicago to Seattle, was a small down pillow, called her "My My". She was only four years old, I was nine and I can still remember her cries of anguish.

Almost anyone can relate to this charming book.
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So disappointed you took down the website, which was more like an ongoing blog where people contributed their own stories and photos. This reads more like a calendar. Keep the book but bring back the website - it was a living breathing thing with a life of its own.
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As a child, did you have one special friend that you loved nearly to pieces? That lovable doll, blanket or bear you lugged everywhere and who made you feel at home anywhere? This is a collection of fifty such beloved companions and their life stories. The adoration for these childhood sweethearts is painfully evident - marked by their missing limbs, obvious patches and threadbare fur.

Each page features one photo and a short descriptive paragraph on the opposing page. An all white background contributes to the simple look, keeping the focus right where it should be - on the companions. The writing is really very clever, which saves this book from being overly sweet. Reading each entry, you feel as though you are peeking right into the best memories of someone else's childhood.

The inspiration for the book was the authors' son's companion Doggie, who is featured on the cover. The title of the book is named for a friend's companion. The smart writing paired with the simple photographs make this a truly unique book, and an excellent one at that. It really is a book of heartwarming love stories, the perfect gift for a new mom.
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I found this book misshelved in the library while searching for another title. After looking it over I HAD to check it out. I simply fell in love with it and ordered it through Amazon. Now I wouldn't part with it for anything. It's a delight, a gift of sweet nostalgia, and a joy to look at over and over again.
Most of the toys and blankies have been loved beyond recognition, some are in shreds, but all have been sources of comfort and love for the children to whom they belonged. Go to the library, take a look at the pictures, you too will just have to own this book. A big thank you goes to the authors!
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By Monica on November 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When I opened the book, I was drawn in by the sweet photographs of the well-loved "companions". The photos alone tell a story of what each stuffed toy or blanket meant to each child. I LOVE this book, and I think that it make a perfect gift for new parents, empty nesters and everyone in between. My guess is that the Katzes will start to receive photos or letters about companions from around the globe!
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