June 11th, 2012
Penny (from the Inspector Gadget cartoon!) is all grown up! But a run of bad luck in the game of love has inspired her to turn the tables and get people to come to her instead. After buying a moribund local business whose glory days were decades ago, Penny reinvents it for a new generation. She faces challenges from city hall and competitors who want to one-up her, but in the process, she'll save her town, her love life, and an entire industry. All thanks... to Penny Arcade.
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The haps:

You'd like to know how to survive frostbite, a failing parachute, and how to fend off dinosaur attacks right? If you're a boy, I mean. Because if you're a girl then your interests necessarily run more towards how to survive a fashion disaster, how to pick the perfect sunglasses, and how to show you're sorry. At least according to Scholastic!

Scholastic did respond to the criticism about these insanely sexist pair of childrens' books on Friday, but it boiled down to "wow you guys sure do have opinions, these books haven't even sold that well anyway, check us out on Pinterest".

Not even joking. And if they'd just theme the books as "outdoors" and "social situations" instead of "boys only" and "girls only" this wouldn't even be a problem - that's what makes this so frustrating. There's good information in both books for children of any gender.

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