The Grinch Who Stole My Foreskin!

By Buck (Florida)


On a warm May morning in 1948 an unknown doctor assaulted my infant body and mutilated my member. I have been angry about it every day since! Thanks to Carl Schutt my anger has found its voice. In "I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas," Schutt tackles a very adult topic from the perspective of a little boy who has been robbed of his birthright. That little boy was Schutt, but he also was me and millions of others like us. We were defenseless against doctors too eager to perform unnecessary surgery and parents too ignorant to stop them! This book is creative, funny, and irreverent. It is a great read for everyone and a primer for all parents thinking of taking from their sons what no boy should be forced to give away. Bravos for Schutt!



Playfully challenges status quo

By Courtney C. Singrey (St Louis, MO)

  

This offbeat book bursts with color, imagination, raw emotion, wit, and an idealism that challenges the reader to pause and ask, "What if we've been doing it wrong all along?"


The artist and author, Carl Schutt, combines art, craft, and folk art to create a book full of humor and social commentary about why we (Americans) insist on a surgical procedure that most pediatricians agree is painful and wholly unnecessary, i.e. circumcision.


The author creates a tone that is at one moment analytically irreverent about the outmoded Judeo-Christian holdover and in the next moment cloaks himself by assuming the voice of a forlorn, foreskinless child who wonders what it would be like to be whole again. The book's searching and fearless inspection brings into the fray parents, God, and yes...even Santa! No stone is unturned.


The author/artist is an iconoclast who finds a way to smartly broach a subject that could stand to be reexamined even though it remains, for the most part, unchallenged. Who can think of a topic so taboo that its first mention at a party full of urban hipsters would result in a choking halt in conversation?


Implicitly under attack is that uptight male machismo that says, "I'm cut and there's nothing wrong with me!" Well, what if instead of there being "nothing wrong" we could all strive for an ideal and, well, be intact and unmodified? Carl Schutt exclaims that circumcision is the male body image crisis equivalent to that of a middle-aged Orange County woman retooled by countless touches of the plastic surgeon's knife; and yet it's a body image crisis that our culture artificially creates, propagates, and hoists upon boys who are only days old. What if this should be changed? What if this could be changed? It's this sort of idealism and visionary spirit that makes this creation refreshing.


Visually the book appears to have been constructed from a million shavings of felt, paper, cardboard, and other banal materials; these common media are brought together by a hand fraught with an almost maniacal need for precision, energy, and speed.


"Foreskin for Giftmas" is the ultimate gift for enlightened parents-to-be, for people who are initiates in the "zine" culture, or anyone who appreciates a clever creation like this that pushes the edge of human understanding.


Love it

By Leigh Zaleta (Manahawkin, NJ)

  

I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas is amazing. Nothing like I've ever seen or read before. Every inch of the book is paper art. It's genius! As entertaining and comical as it is, it also serves great purpose. Hats off to C. Schutt!!!



Delightfully funny

By Pamela's the Greatest "Making a differece eve... (New York, NY)


How many times have you read the words "delightfully funny" and it actually be true? This is it. "I Want My Foreskin for Giftmas" light-heartedly critizes forced circumcision. It's an issue felt by many men but who have said nothing about it.



Great for the coffee table

By R. G. Kazmar "huluhae" (illinois)

  

More than anything else, this book makes a great conversation starter to bring up the often-taboo subject of infant circumcision, more aptly called Male Genital Mutilation. It's a colorful and lighthearted look at one man's very real desire to have his normal, healthy, and functional prepuce back where it belongs--on his body.



Awesome!!

By Kevin Kern - See all my reviews

  

This book is great! As soon as you open the book you notice that this isn't your normal run of the mill book. Every page has something unique to look at - every word in the book rhymes, even the acknowledgements. And I noticed there are musical notes on one of the pages, if you read the book to that rhythm its kinda musical. The artwork is cool, and the story is great - It'll make you want to sit home and ... well you'll have to read the story.


I noticed all the other reviews are about the message - but its just a fun book to read, and see the great illustrations.



Amazing Illustrations, Insightful and Hilarious Lyrics

By Shelly Lane (Seattle USA)


I bought this colorful (in more ways than one!) book a few months ago and have loved it. All of my friends and guests pick it up from the coffee table and then can't put it down until they are at the end. Great for new or expectant parents, or as an adult humour book.  Not only is it vibrant and entertaining, 'Giftmas' addresses a very relevant issue with just the right attitude. I haven't found anything else quite like it.



GIFTMAS MANIA!!!!

By RAINE PETROCCO


THIS BOOK WILL BRING TEARS OF LAUGHTER TO THE READER. CLEVER AND SKILLFUL IN THE WAY THE BOOK IS PRESENTED. AN ABSOLUTE TABLE TOP BOOK TO GET THE CONVERSATIONS GOING - IN AN ADULT FASHION.. THE AUTHOR HAS CAPTURED THE THOUGHTS OF THE "MALE MEMBER" IN A LIGHT HEARTED SENSE OF HUMOR.



This book "beshlongs" in your possession NOW! By katherine ludt "bookstress" (madison, wisconsin United States)

  

When a book like this comes along one might find themselves feeling guilty for loving it. Embrace this book. Feel no guilt. It is only human to laugh out loud.