Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset: Includes Ten Paper Dolls, Three Rooms of Fun, Fashion Accessories, and More!
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset by Caitlan Kuhwald is an absolutely fantastic book for adults and children alike. It isn’t often adults play with paper dolls, but this Hillary Clinton playset will be a game changer. Unfortunately, Kuhwald missed a great opportunity to write more text about the various characters such as their roles in government or biographical background. While most adults won’t care about this, if children play with these dolls, it would’ve been a great chance to teach them a bit more about the government.
The focus is different from just playing dress up with the presidential hopeful, though she has a few outfit changes (with fold down tabs to hold the clothes on the doll), there is a female bodyguard with a copy of the Constitution as a shield, Republican adversaries (including Beelzebub) for play, White House ghosts, and, of course, ex-President Bill Clinton, as well as Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Clarence Thomas. For lovers of the Notorious RBG, she alone will make the playset worth purchase.
In total there are 10 full paper dolls with interchangeable outfits and/or faces. There is a pocket in the front of the book for storage, a link for more downloadable materials, and three different pop-up settings to place the dolls in.
The paper used is sturdy, and the colors are bright. The book is hardcover and can withstand travel and multiple uses. There is plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor among the dolls—from the single body Republican adversary whose face is interchangeable with Bill Clinton’s only clothing options of pajamas, either drinking cocoa, pushing a lawnmower, or serenading on the saxophone. This is definitely a feminist set—with a female bodyguard, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and the focus on Hillary Clinton—and it is lovely.