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Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  84 reviews

If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars, learned your adverbs from Schoolhouse Rock!, and can still imitate the slo-mo bionic running sound of The Six Million Dollar Man, this book is for you.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? takes you back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of childhood in the '70s and '80s, when the Mystery Date board game didn't see

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Published June 7th 2011 by Perigee Trade (first published June 1st 2011)
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Melki
I had to have this book after seeing the write-up on salon.com:

http://www.salon.com/life/feature/201...

I'm not ashamed to admit that almost every one of these products passed through my over-privileged, suburban, only-child youth at one time or another and it was great revisiting them.

I raced home from school to watch "Dark Shadows", and safely survived both lawn darts and trick-or-treating in a plastic mask with teeny-tiny eyeholes.

You may have been learing about love in the back of a Chevrole...more
Scott Strumello
I read this book in a remarkably short time, and I often struggle to read through books if the author's writing style doesn't facilitate the topic they write about. This book is written as a bunch of short (maybe 2 or 3 pages at most) vignettes on a whole bunch of topics that anyone who grew up in the 1970's and 1980's should be able to associate with, and they're written like People magazine, so no strange-but-seldom used terms or anything like that to worry about. With topics such as After Sch...more
Jennifer
If I could give this book ten stars, I would! By far my favorite read of the entire summer. This book is truly only for those of us who grew up in the 70's and 80's. It is a total trip down memory lane. The authors write in a snarky voice that adds great hilarity to each vignette. I laughed so hard I could not even breathe. What was my favorite segment? McDonaldland? Dungeons and Dragons? The Official Preppy Handbook? It's so hard to choose just one!!
Kendra
As a Generation X-er who is tired of being surrounded by paeans to the childhood totems of baby boomers, I loved this!

And ever since I finished it, I can’t get the theme song to The Banana Splits out of my head: “One banana, two banana, three banana, four” – and, of course, the utter profundity of “Tra la la, la la la la, tra la la, la la la la.”
Brian
This book took me literally an hour to read. It featured products, TV shows and ideas from the 70's and 80's. It was very short, and a lot of the references had no meanin to me, however there were many that did. Pop rocks! Stretch Armstrong!!! If you were a child of the 80's like me, this book will bring back some nostalgia!
Jeff
Basically just an alphabetical list of things that kids of the '70s and '80s will remember. A lot of the things in this book are still around (including Pudding Pops), but if you grew up during this era, you'll enjoy a few laughs of surprised recognition. A quick, inessential read.
Brian
Such a fun read....but after reading I was wondering....what about colorforms?
Rebecca
“Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops: The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ‘70s and ‘80s” is truly that, a compendium of things that are apt to be forgotten. However, unintentionally, Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont, the editors, have touched upon another lost facet of the ‘70s: the encyclopedia. I think the authors summed up the problem with this book in the titular entry on encyclopedias: “the general idea lives on online, thanks to Wikipedia and other reference sites.” The book...more
Chad Sayban
Are you a child of the 70s and 80s? Do you remember After School Specials? Did Jaws keep you out of even the bath tub for a month? Can you remember when Sea-Monkeys were cool…ok, neither can I. But if you wondered what happened to a lot of the culture that our generation held near and dear, Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? might just be what you are looking for.

Sure, you can look all this stuff up on the internet now, but Cooper and Bellmont spice things up by not just telling us where all ou...more
Dachokie
Oh Where Oh Where Have Those 70s Gone …

As I experience news of economic, political and social chaos consuming almost every facet of life these days, I find myself wistfully looking back to those seemingly less complicated, carefree days of my 1970s childhood. The Greatest Generation had World War II … we Gen X’ers had the 1970s … yes, a ridiculous comparison, but growing up in the 70s had profound impact on many of us. But, while World War II is kept alive for subsequent generations with an endl...more
Gina
This book was what I intended it to be; a very quick read for a few laughs. I am, much like my friend who read and reviewed this book before me, about 4-5 years too young to truly appreciate this book. I was hoping for a better balance of 70's and 80's references, but felt the book was pretty 70's-centric overall. The only reason I got as many of the 70's references as I did is because I have 4 older siblings who passed down some of their 70's-tastic toys to me. There were a few nice moments tha...more
Amy
I LOVED this book! It is great for people raised in the 70's and 80's (and remember this time). The subtitle is "The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the 70's and 80's" and as such covers a little bit of everything during this time period.

The book is arranged alphabetically by the item. There is then a brief description (4-5 small paragraphs) of the item, an "X-Tinction Rating" -- telling whether something is still going strong, revised & revived or gone for good -- sniff sniff. Sometimes the...more
Sarah
Pleasantly silly book featuring short "bios" on fads and products of the 70's and 80's. Chock full of the trivial things I wonder about from time to time. Fun coffee table idea for those of us who were not of the greatest generation. From the battle between Quisp and Quake to the emergence of video game arcades and such inspired literature as the Sweet Valley High and Choose Your Own Adventure series it's a romp down memory lane. For the record, pudding pops were awesome!
Derrick
Fluff, but just the thing for bathroom reading -- and pop culture nostalgia is right up my alley. We get a page or two about various topics listed alphabetically ("After School Specials" to "ZOOM"). I learned about a few things I didn't know or remember, especially in candy and cereal. But most of this stuff is familiar from my childhood.

Loses a star because this material demands lots of lovely color photos. And all we get are sporadic tiny B&W pictures.
Nancy Kaplan
Wow, this book really took me back to my childhood! It was like a treasure chest of nostalgia, things I haven’t thought about in ages – who still remembers Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces? Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont have really dug up toys and trends of the 70s and 80s. There was even an entry about Archie Comic’s ill-fated foray into Christianity with Spire Comics – doubly amusing now that the company has taken a liberal turn, introducing its first gay character in 2010. “Wha...more
Thom Foolery
Feb 01, 2014 Thom Foolery rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who was a kid between 1965-1985
Two things made this book an absolute winner for me: the impeccable choice of pop cultural touchstones and the way the authors were able to encapsulate so much of the flavor of the times in each commentary. This is "Beer Frame" meets À la recherche du temps perdu.
Victoria
I was intrigued with the title of this book. I use to LOVE pudding pops and then I remembered that one day there they were in the frozen foods aisle and the next, gone. So what did ever happen to those delicious pudding pops?

If you grew up in the late 60's, 70's and early 80's then this book is for you or for someone you know who grew up them. Items are listed alphabetically and are about a page long so this makes for a fast and fun read. Everything from After School Specials to Zoom with some J...more
Sara
Jul 05, 2014 Sara marked it as non-fiction-to-read  ·  review of another edition
I felt I had to read this when I saw this phrase in the description - "If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars". Okay, maybe the Marathon candy bar didn't GIVE me cavities, but it was the best way to lose a loose tooth.
Du
After reading the depressing book about the poverty industry (Broke, USA), I thought I'd go for something upbeat. This book has good elements, but overall is boring and missing too many would be fun things. How can you skip Garbage Pail Kids, or Cabbage Patch Kids, in a book looking at 70s and 80s nostalgia. Props for including Burger Chef. This book should have been in color with glossy paper to highlight the images included. Instead it doesn't really even function as a novelty book for the bat...more
Sarah Wright
Ever wondered what happened to some of the toys, foods, and other things that children of the 70's and 80's grew up with? Want to take a trip down "memory lane" or be able to tell your children about some of the things you played with when you were a kid? Look no farther than this book!

The author has gathered information on items such as "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots" and bizarre candies that we Generation X kids grew up with and lets us, the reader, know if the item is still around or if it's gone...more
Melody
I'm a little older than the Gen-X target demographic, but I remember many of the cultural touchstones presented herein. I wasn't particularly fond of the authors' bland assumption that all persons raised during this time frame felt the same as they did about all the products. And fatally, they misused flaunt. There were some reminders of things gone forever, like Lemon-Up, my favorite shampoo ever. And the roll-on flypaper lip gloss. And the wonderful, evanescent tiny Dawn dolls. But mostly this...more
Paul  Hankins
Jennifer recommended this book to me at the Centurions of 2011 group at Facebook. I had a fun time reading entries from the book aloud to Kristie (the Mrs.) and having her making happy noises as the ensuing nostalgia that was brought to the surface with mentions of Burger Chef, Jello 3-2-1, The Honeycomb Hideout, ZOOM. . .oh, and the best reaction? Koogle. Who knew. This would make a nice connection with JUMP THE SHARK as a fun, harmless, adult read-aloud that's like entering a time machine to r...more
Lora Mays
Talk about memory lane — who can forget “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Stickers and Shakey’s Pizza? Reading through this book is like bringing back all the great memories of childhood. It is one that will make you laugh as you remember the ridiculousness of scratching a sticker until it was indistinguishable just so you had a chance of smelling fresh popcorn. Plus, it might give you some good ideas for retro holiday gifts.

Check it out! "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops" is...more
Jeanne
Yes, it’s true: there is now a book devoted to the “best toys, tastes, and trends of the ‘70s and ‘80s.” ‘Tis a small compendium of the things that shaped Gen X, but it packs a large punch.

If you ever drooled over the Sears Wish Book, lived for Love Boat and Fantasy Island, or spent hours playing with your Dawn Dolls, this mini-encyclopedia is for you. While it is not extensive, the volume covers lots of great lost stuff of the seventies and eighties, including Trapper Keepers, Laff-A-Lympics, a...more
Deke
lightweight, but a decent plane read
Deborah
I loved reading each and every page of this book! It brought back so many memories. For years I've been asking people if they remembered a breakfast cereal that featured a werewolf that went along with Boo Berry, Count Chocula, & Frankenberry. No one knew what I was talking about. Now I know the cereal was called Fruit Brute! I even googled the image of many of the items featured in this book to better trigger my memory. I especially loved "Sitting in the Way Back", "Unsafe Playground Equipm...more
Melissa
Loved this! I remember all of these things from childhood. Super fun to read. Even my 8 year old loved quizzing me about it.
Janet
After School Specials...Battle of the Network Stars...Dawn dolls...Halloween Costumes With Unbreathable Plastic Masks...John Hughes movies...K-tel...Mall Arcades...Quisp and Quake cereals...That's Incredible!...Schoolhouse Rock...Sitting in the Way Back of a Station Wagon...Unsafe Playground Equipment...ZOOM

Yes, some things from the 70s and 80s are gone for good. I don't have a need to relive my childhood, but there sure was a lot of kitschy crap, wasn't there?

Amy
I've prided myself on remembering lots of little tidbits of my 70s-80s childhood. My husband lovingly refers to it as useless trivia. But after reading and thoroughly enjoying "Pudding Pops," I've realized there is much I have forgotten but this book sweetly reminded me. Mixed with lots of humor and somewhat intriguing attention to detail, the 40 something reader is left with the thoughts of "Thank you for taking me down this sentimental journey" and "How do you remember all this stuff???"
Myonly
Lots of fun to read, and it did bring back some fun memories! There were some things listed that I had completely forgotten about (Tickle deoderant!) and my only disappointment was that there was no "send us an email if we didn't mention something you loved" that I hoped to find at the end. One of the authors has a pop culture website which I will certainly be checking out, and maybe that will fill the void. This was a nice break from the serious fiction I've been consuming!
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