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Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories

A Tribute to the Threadbare Companions of Childhood

Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories by Cheryl Katz
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It's rare to find a child whose very first best friend wasn't a fuzzy teddy bear or downy blanket. Whether clutched securely in little arms each night or dragged gamely through the playground each day, these fiercely loved companions universally ease the uncertainties and loneliness of childhood.

DIRTY WOW WOW AND OTHER LOVE STORIES celebrates the lives of fifty transitional love objects: a sweetly poignant collection of stuffies, blankies, lovies, and dolls who inspired and comforted their owners. Bundles of love and warmth fashioned from fluff and fur, these cherished friends have a lifetime of stories sewn up in their tattered bodies--a trip to Paris smushed in a suitcase, a secret hiding spot behind the family liquor cabinet, an interminable wait in the lost-and-found bin before a joyous
reunion at home.

With stunning photographs that reveal the personalities within, this thoughtful tribute is at once funny and oddly soothing-like a certain shabby buddy who's tucked away but never forgotten.


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Reviews"This charming book would be a perfect gift for collectors and also an offbeat surprise for new parents."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Dirty Wow Wow's striking photographs and brief narratives stir up vivid memories of . . . long-lost companions."
-Southwest Spirit Magazine

"This clever work, peppered with sumptuous snapshots of raggedy dolls, pays tribute to the beloved companions of childhood."
-Entertainment Weekly's "Must List"

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony; December 2013
112 pages; ISBN 9780307791238
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Title: Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories
Author: Cheryl Katz; Jeffrey Katz
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