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How to Get Married ... by Me, the Bride (How To Series) Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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Review, The New York Times Book Review, June 14, 2009:
"The sage advice is wittily illustrated ... and full of ideas for playing wedding make-believe, involving cake, presents, and pets."

About the Author

Sally Lloyd Jones is the author of the companion book, How to Be a Baby . . .by Me, the Big Sister, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Children's Book, and earned two starred reviews. She lives in New York, New York.

Sue Heap is the illustrator of the companion book, How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister. She lives in Chipping-Norton, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: How To Series
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375841180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375841187
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I sincerely doubt any of the vehement critics on this page claiming "How to Get Married...by Me, the Bride" is liberal propaganda even read this book. Those that did and maintain this opinion probably hated "Go Dog Go" for its "dangerous depiction of mammalian automobile manipulation".

Joking aside, "How to Get Married" is a charming tale of a bossy older sister daydreaming of her wedding day, written by an accomplished Christian author. I'm not sure where "radical indoctrination" comes in, but angry detractors would be well-served to read another Sally Lloyd-Jones' book, "The Jesus Storybook Bible" before casting stones.
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This is a charming companion to the superb "How to Be a Baby, by Me the Big Sister." What's remarkable about these two books is their unreserved entry into the thinking of the child, without affect, persuasion or judgment. What could be more wonderful and rare for a child than to be wholeheartedly joined in their own world? The honesty and resulting hilarity of this fanciful young narrator who sees herself a part of the adult world but is every inch in the child-world are a joy. I heartily agree with Publishers Weekly, which had this to say:

From the creators of How to Be a Baby... by Me, the Big Sister, comes a rambunctious and entertaining "guide" to getting married, narrated by an overzealous little bride. There are a few rules-"you can marry anyone you like! (Except they need to like you back)"-and traditions ("Now you throw a big bunch of flowers at people's heads"), but this bride's idea of marriage is all about pretend: when it comes time to say "I do," she's wearing a paper crown and the groom, a feathery, blue wig. With just a wisp of practical advice, this is a stylish and witty companion book. Ages 4-8.
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My five-year-old granddaughter and I have read and re-read this book many times, always finding something new to smile about. We love the messy baby character who eats bugs and too many chocolates and wears a mustache with a blanket as a veil to the eventual wedding.

While some of the advice in this funny book is meant to make you laugh, like "Never get married when it's dark because you won't be able to see and might marry the wrong person"; some is too true, like "If you marry a noisy shouting person, he will give you a headache."

HOW TO GET MARRIED is meant to be a children's book, and succeeds marvelously as such, but I can also imagine it as a giveaway at bridal showers. It will be appreciated wherever its readers have a sense of the wry and witty.
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Sally Lloyd-Jones has written a delightful book from the perspective of a little girl and she knows how little girls think. Seeing a perverse political agenda here is just silly -- like criticizing Madagascar II because the zebra falls in love with the giraffe or Beauty for marrying the Beast. It's especially silly to suspect this particular author of having some insidious motive. Just read her Jesus Story Book Bible -- one of the best books ever written for kids and grown-ups too.
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This book is about the fairy tale that we will all, someday, find our home. This is NOT a political statement. This is the voice of an innocent child who describes her childlike perspective of the adult world of marraige. The boy and girl playing "wedding" are on a playdate and doing pretend play. Anyone with children knows this imaginative playtime is a marvelous activity of copying with a twist. The whole controversial page about "you can marry anyone you like" is not to be taken literally. It is the child's voice talking about the things and people she loves most at that point in her life. It is not to be read with the mind of an adult. The end of the book has the Daddy picking up the little girl from her playdate. This book is wonderful.
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This book is a light-hearted look at life through the eyes of a child. My daughter was four when she told me she was going to marry her Daddy. He was a shining prince to her. I loved the fact that she doted on him, and I loved that he was the best Dad ever. I don't think this was creepy or twisted. Most little girls love to play dress-up and play-act marriage early on in life. This books gives a whimsical view through the eyes of a child. In no way is the author trying to put forth a liberal agenda, or to suggest that marriage to flowers should be allowed! I think as adults we sometimes lose sight of the vivid imaginations that children have; we are distressed when we see all the evils out in the world and we can inadvertently attribute those evils to things that are really meant to be innocent. If you don't want to read this book to your children, then please don't. But if you are considering buying the book, please read the other favorable reviews and see that its a wonderfully light-hearted book, written by a children's author who has a great understanding of young kids, and that it is a fun, amusing read for little kids. I highly recommend the authors' other books too. We have most of them and have had years of enjoyment from them.
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If you've ever been a little girl, playing house is pretty much standard fare. Typically, there's some type of party, which often involves the celebratory romp of a wedding. This book is a fun companion book to "How To Be A Baby, By Me the Big Sister," written in the same whimsical style of the Big Sister, who includes witty wedding tips, such as "Please come to our wedding...there will be candy."

It must be noted, given all the ridiculous comments about this book, that this book is written from the wonderful world of a child's imagination. Despite what some people think, it has not been written as a guide to making marriage laws. Please enjoy this book for what it is, the beautiful, playful world of childrens' minds. Why must we create our own political agenda for everything? Please allow your child--and yourself--the chance to enjoy their youthful innocence. Once upon a time, you too really did think you could marry your teddy bear.
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