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Dirty Wow Wow, Part 3

More from our tribute to the the book that has inspired Powell's staffers to share stories of their childhood "stuffies" — Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories: A Tribute to the Threadbare Companions of Childhood.

In Part 3 of our Dirty Wow Wow extravaganza, we present kids' team staff member Karen B. and her little friend Mousie:

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I had a blue mouse named Mousie (that was her everyday name; her full name had to do with being the Queen of Blueberry Land, but the specifics are lost to me now). Mousie developed a discolored tummy from my childhood nosebleeds, and a squashed sideways nose from being hugged, suffocation style, to my chest all night long.

She had a blue flowered hat glued to her head, until I decided she needed more fashion versatility and my mother performed surgery to remove it. When the hat was taken away, there remained a good deal of hard, unsightly glue, which looked quite like a wound. Thus, Mousie went through a long recuperation period consisting of wet paper towels swaddling her head. Despite this state-of-the-art treatment, Mousie sports a glue-band across her forehead to this day.

She also has a music box imbedded in her tush; it played "Rock-a-bye Baby." I required my mother to wind it every night; if I was still awake when it stopped playing, I called my mother back into my room to re-wind it.

—Karen B.

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We would love to hear about your "Dirty Wow Wow!" So, to to encourage you to share, the first five folks who post a comment about their cherished childhood object will win a free Dirty Wow Wow t-shirt. One caveat: shirts are styled for women, in sizes small and medium only.

Under 13 years of age? Sorry, no one under the age of 13 is allowed to submit their name, email address, or other personal information — so please ask your parent or guardian to post for you.

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4 Responses to "Dirty Wow Wow, Part 3"

    Mrs. Dreysdale July 15th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Is my mind in the gutter, or does "Show Me Your Dirty Wow Wow" sound kind of...well, dirty?

    Brockman July 16th, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Mrs. Dreysdale, your mind may well be in the gutter. But even if it weren't, "Show Me Your Dirty Wow Wow" is not a T-shirt slogan I would encourage any woman to wear on a city bus. There are enough dirty wow wows exposed as it is...

    Carol July 23rd, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    While I agree that the title MIGHT be a little suggestive, I certainly love the sentiment of the book...a trip down memory lane really for me. I remember that I was particularly attached to my sister's grover doll. One day, I decided that his hair was too long and he needed a haircut. Snip, snip went the scissors, and poor Grover is still with my sister, with bald patches in several places on his now not-so-fuzzy body.

    Emmy November 27th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hello, my sister is turning 21 in December and i would like to know where to get the original mousie from? The one from the picture, it would make my world if you sold it or knew websites of where to buy one please?????

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