Marcus, April 22, 2009 (view all comments by Marcus)
Now I have that stupid song stuck in my head. But this little gem of a book brought back a lot of laughs long stifled since my childhood. We went nuts for Wacky Packages and we swapped and we traded and we bartered and all of that stuff. My neighbor had some real old vintage ones on her refrigerator that I would go crazy for. But it seems like they haven't included ALL of them. There has to be a sizable number of images that didn't make it into this book. Perhaps I'm mistaken and this book only offers up a few volumes in the series....I know there is stuff that I had that's missing from this book. But - anyway, if you grew up in the 60's and early 70's and you remember purchasing these things for 10 cents or so, this is a wonderful book that looks back on adolescence and hits the funny bone hard. It's short on words and descriptions, but that's fine. The laugh-out-loud images are enough. This book brought a huge smile to my face that didn't go away for a long time. It brought back a wave of great memories and for that, it's worth twice the price!!! I love it!
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Michael Hockinson, June 30, 2008 (view all comments by Michael Hockinson)
Return with us now to a time before Garbage Pail Kids, when lockers, Pee-Chees and lunchboxes were festooned with Wacky Packages. If you were a kid in the early 70's, Wackies were very likely your first exposure to Pop Art and (subliminally) anti-consumerism (who'd've guessed people like Art Spiegelmanwere behind it all). Beautifully photographed, with two great essays, this one makes an awesome gift for the big kid inside us all.
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Abrams Books for Young Readers -
Wacky Packages was a series of collectible stickers featuring parodies of consumer products and well-known brands and packaging. This collection of Series One through Series Seven (from 1973 and 1974) celebrates the products' 35th anniversary.
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