Published December 2011, Aloah Publishing . Hardback. List price £10.99
Appropriate for ages 6-10.
From the cover:
This book is about a 14 year old girl who changed her eating habits and began playing sports. She stareted eating and enjoying healthy and nutitious foods which slowly began to transform her life. Maggie became happier and more physically fit. Through time, excerise and hard work, Maggie’s self image and confidence improved steadily.
The most anticipated (by me) book of the year is finally here. After delays and push backs Maggie Goes on a Diet is officially For Sale (in the US. For some reason it’s not been shipped to Amazon UK). But I have one, and yes, I paid money for it (the author wasn’t exactly going to give me a review copy, now was he?) and here it is in all its cheaply printed pink glory.
You may recall the bit of a tizzy I got in when this book first hit my radar. My indignation spread like a fire in a heavily wooded area. Within days the Feminists of the internet, parenting sites and pro-ana blogs* had picked up the story, and news orgs from Italy to New Zealand, the US to Norway, and were reporting on the horror of Maggie Goes on a Diet. Everyone from the LA Times to the Daily Mail got in on the acrimony. Facebook groups were set up that called for a boycott of the book (as well as some supporting the publication). After three days, I stopped counting, lay back and proclaimed my work here is done! After a week the outrage was so bad that author Paul Kramer took to Good Morning America to defend himself. When I first came across Maggie Goes on a Diet I was amazed that the only hit on Google was Aloah publishing; now there are more than 4,020,000 hits. I hate to blow my own trumpet (oh, wait, I don’t), but I think I done broke a story. It gives me a warm fuzzy.
So, is Maggie Goes on a Diet really that bad? According to the blurb, it preaches healthy eating and participation in sports as a way to boost self-confidence. Well, now the book has been released. Since no one else is going to buy it, I don’t feel so bad about parting with £8.50 in order to have a look beyond the cover.
But before we do that, lets take a look at the cover art again. We’re not supposed to judge a book in this way, but lets, just for the fun of it. Read the rest of this entry