Thanks to our friends over at Abrams Books I’ve had the pleasure of reading Amber Humphrey’s upcoming book Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) Of The ’90s. As you can guess from the title the Author takes a humorous look book at the kid culture of the 90s, covering the then hot toys and movies and clothing fashions…and the not so desirable trends from that decade (Like the Talking Kevin Doll from Home Alone. Yikes!).
The 208 page book is filled with 200 color photographs of everything from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Power Rangers, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as well as the Sega Genesis, New Kids on the Block and Green Day, ABC’s TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Funny) and Jurassic Park and many, many more.
Amber provides a top 40 of pop culture, often injecting her personal anecdotes on the subject matter, small spoiler, but she relates her own sad experience with her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection at the day care she attended at the beginning of that chapter…after reading the chapter I wanted to send her some of my own Turtles collection to hopefully make her feel better!
As is often with a book of this type the true joy is turning a page and feeling a big grin cross your face when you look at a picture of something that had somehow gotten lost in the clutter of your memory. For example I had completely forgotten that a line of 80 “LAFFS” TV trading cards had been released featuring the likes of ABC Sitcoms Perfect Strangers, Full House, and Family Matters.
Also included with the book is a T-Shirt Transfer DIY style of Family Matters’ “Urkel”. To finish about how great the book is the Author also has a chapter on Pogs…and I don’t care what anyone says…there is nothing wrong with selling your soul for ALF Pogs. Nothing.
Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst)Of The ’90s by Amber Humphrey will be released to a bookstore near you on March 12, 2013. It will retail for $19.95 and you can pre order the book by following the Abrams link provided up top or heading over to Amazon. It’s worth your time and purchase and I’m willing to bet you’ll find yourself smiling as much as I did while reading it.