Saturday, May 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: I Love Ken: My Life As The Ultimate Boyfriend

Title: I Love Ken: My Life As The Ultimate Boyfriend

Author: Jef Beck

Publisher: Running Press

RRP: $19.99

ISBN: 9780762439393

Release Date: March 2011

Pages: 128


This bold, colorful book collects fifty years' worth of advice from Ken®, the undisputed expert when it comes to dating. In his own humorously honest voice, Ken tells readers how to be the perfect red-carpet escort, give the most fabulous gifts, and squeeze in some "me time" at the gym between galas.

With an introduction from Barbie herself, and featuring more than 200 images, the book celebrates iconic Ken moments in short, lively blocks of narrative. As Mattel prepares to celebrate with a full-slate of anniversary activity, there has never been a better time for I ? Ken, a tongue-in-cheek celebration of Barbie's favorite accessory.

About the Author

Jef Beck is the creator of Keeping Ken, a comprehensive website with Ken doll information and imagery. He is a preeminent collector and Ken historian whose four-part Ken series was published in Barbie Bazaar magazine. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ken® doll debuted in 1961 as "the ultimate accessory" for Barbie® doll. Thanks to his epic relationship with Barbie, he is now regarded as "The Ultimate Boyfriend." His ability to adapt to the changing times and his doll's needs are truly a gift. Ken continues to inspire memorable playtime and dream dates for girls of all ages.


I Love Ken is one of the funniest books I’ve read this year. Each chapter has a piece of Ken’s life through both Ken and Barbie’s eyes, often with hilarious commentary.

The complete history of Ken through the years since first introduced in the Barbie range of dolls is covered with pictures of the Barbies, Kens and accessories for that period. I can’t express how funny the author has made each scene with throughout the years of Barbie and Ken’s life.

If you take Barbie seriously, you may not see the humour in some of these jokes, but as a social commentary, this book is hilarious.

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