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Barbie can be an actress and a computer engineer! Barbie plays a pretty princess in a play—then saves her sister's school computer project. With two great all-new stories and over 50 stickers, girls 3–7 will love this I Can Be deluxe storybook! Barbie can be an actress and a computer engineer! Barbie plays a pretty princess in a play—then saves her sister's school computer project. With two great all-new stories and over 50 stickers, girls 3–7 will love this I Can Be deluxe storybook!


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Barbie can be an actress and a computer engineer! Barbie plays a pretty princess in a play—then saves her sister's school computer project. With two great all-new stories and over 50 stickers, girls 3–7 will love this I Can Be deluxe storybook! Barbie can be an actress and a computer engineer! Barbie plays a pretty princess in a play—then saves her sister's school computer project. With two great all-new stories and over 50 stickers, girls 3–7 will love this I Can Be deluxe storybook!

30 review for I Can Be an Actress/I Can Be a Computer Engineer (Barbie)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book made me angry. It is an epic failure in multiple areas. I'm really not sure if I have time to write about all the things that are wrong with it. Here is a brief outline of the problematic messages being sent by this book. 1. Women are not able to do hard things like program and fix computers. 2. It's better to let the men do "male things" like code computer programs and repair computers. Don't bother asking to be taught how to do it, just let someone else do it for you. 3. It's totally o This book made me angry. It is an epic failure in multiple areas. I'm really not sure if I have time to write about all the things that are wrong with it. Here is a brief outline of the problematic messages being sent by this book. 1. Women are not able to do hard things like program and fix computers. 2. It's better to let the men do "male things" like code computer programs and repair computers. Don't bother asking to be taught how to do it, just let someone else do it for you. 3. It's totally ok to take credit for other people's work. 4. Women are not allowed to get angry when someone breaks their belongings or causes them to potentially have to redo work they have done. 5. The best role-model a younger girl can find is an older sister who takes credit for other people's work and depends on others to do things for her. 6. It's ok to make promises that you don't know if you'll be able to keep. 7. You don't actually need to run virus software on your computer, some guy will be able to retrieve your data, no matter how bad the virus. 8. It's ok to decide that you are cut out for a job after failing horribly to fix problems you created or to actually do the type of work required for that job. (Doing design work for computer games does not make you fit to become a computer engineer. Those are two very separate areas of work.) 9. Being an actress is easy because you just have to get up in front of people, look pretty, and make stuff up. 10. Girls only like cute, fluffy computer games and that is all they will come up with if they go into game design. There are so many unwanted and unnecessary stereotypes involved in this book I can't really wrap my head around it. This is not what needs to be passed on to our children. The only way this book could possibly be acceptable is if it were turned into a Goofus and Gallant segment from Highlights. But someone needs to write the Gallant sections because they certainly can't be found here. Edit: Here we have a more acceptable version of the book. http://blog.infoadvisors.com/index.ph...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    Haha, oh man. Barbie? What the hell? Maybe you heard about this one. The book they're pulling from the shelves because it depicts Barbie as being a computer engineer who is dependent on the help of men. It's a two-in-one, and the story of Barbie being in actress is ALSO terrible! In the actress story, Barbie shows up to a play, the lead is sick, and she takes over. It's the Princess and the Pea, and they figure Barbie can handle it with no rehearsal whatsoever. Now, what's weird, it would appear tha Haha, oh man. Barbie? What the hell? Maybe you heard about this one. The book they're pulling from the shelves because it depicts Barbie as being a computer engineer who is dependent on the help of men. It's a two-in-one, and the story of Barbie being in actress is ALSO terrible! In the actress story, Barbie shows up to a play, the lead is sick, and she takes over. It's the Princess and the Pea, and they figure Barbie can handle it with no rehearsal whatsoever. Now, what's weird, it would appear that Barbie is ALREADY an actress in this story. So what we're talking about is a situation where Kathy Bates stumbles into a mall, they beg her to be the princess in a 10-minute play, she accepts, and everyone is blown away that she's not horrible. No fucking shit! But the capper, Barbie's final line: "I guess I can be a great actress—even without knowing my lines perfectly!" Sure. I mean, why even do the one fucking thing actors and actresses are supposed to do? Also, I just want to point out that this production looks to be about ten minutes long, takes place in the center of a mall, and yet there are multiple costume changes, a full lighting rig, and a hair and makeup crew. What the fuck? Okay, then we flip the book over (although I guess Barbie would be baffled by this because instead of flipping it over you could just have someone else read it) and get to the computer engineer story. Now, to be fair, Barbie is in school to be a computer engineer. So maybe she still has some things to learn. But let's look at the Occupation Outlook Handbook. The OOH. O Mighty OOH, what does a computer engineer do? Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. By creating new directions in computer hardware, these engineers create rapid advances in computer technology. Interesting. So I guess when Barbie says she's designing a game...that sounds a little off. Oh, but wait. She's not designing the game! Barbie: "I'm only creating the design ideas. I'll need Steven's and Brian's help to turn it into a real game." So basically what we've learned is that Barbie, as a computer engineer, is drawing a doggy. It IS a robot doggy, so I guess that catapults us slightly into the computer realm. But I'm really stretching to make people feel better about goddamn Barbie, and that doesn't make me feel good about myself. Barbie's computer then gets a virus, which she then spreads to Skipper's computer. Skipper is pretty cool about this, by the way. If my brother did that, I'd be kinda pissed. Skipper seems to be more even-keeled than me. I suspect she may have been using drugs. But let's stick to what's explicitly wrong here. Barbie then asks her computer engineering teacher, who is an attractive lady in a lab coat, how to quash a virus. Why the fuck a computer engineering teacher is wearing a lab coat is beyond me. I'm sure some computer engineers do, but do they do so in the classroom? If so, folks, I think you're taking advantage of a situation, sort of like when the coach wears the baseball pants in baseball. Seriously, do you think you might take the field at some point? Buy some jeans, asshole. Barbie tries to fix her computer, and fortunately Steven and Brain come along and help. Could she have done it without the bailout. Hard to say. But does my confidence in her ability to draw a robot dog give me a lot of faith in her computer skills? Not so much. Oh, and they don't even SHOW us the fucking robot dog! All that fuss, they have a whole page about how cute this robot dog is and they don't even show us. There was still a chance that I could derive some pleasure from this. There's always a chance I'll be satisfied if there's a truly cute robot dog. But alas... What do we learn from Barbie? Well, Barbie sucks. And I don't think there's any way around that at this point. This is just one fella's opinion, okay? But I DID play with a lot of action figures pretty late into life. Which is a fact I'm somehow trying to use to gain credibility here, and I don't know if that's going to work. Here's what kind of sucked about action figures: They were what they were. It was tough to have Ghostbusters do a lot besides bust ghosts. It didn't make sense to have Wolverine action figures disappear in the Beetlejuice vanishing vault. I guess there was potential for a Beetlejuice/Ghostbusters crossover, but that never occurred to me until just now. It's far too late now. Sometimes life feels like an ever-increasing stack of missed opportunities. Anyway, the appeal of a Barbie, she could kind of be whatever. Is your Barbie a pilot? Sweet. Is yours an inventor? Awesome. Is yours half robot with wires sticking out of her head, like my sister's was after I convinced her that we should modify it? Very cool. Before Barbie had a voice, she could have been whatever. And frankly, if you felt Barbie was too pretty to be an astronaut, well that sounds a bit like stereotyping to me. But then we'd have no movies. No books. No video games. We'd just have...huh. Whatever little girls decided.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    1. I only read the Computer Engineer side of this book. 2. Barbie only creates the design ideas for the game she's supposed to be making for class. The gentlemen in her group (Steven and Brian) will be turning it into an actual game. Aka, the boys will be the ones doing the actual programming, Barbie is only good for design ideas. 3. Barbie doesn't know what computer viruses are. Thankfully, Skipper does and tells Barbie what's up. Skipper's brown hair with purple streaks obviously means that she 1. I only read the Computer Engineer side of this book. 2. Barbie only creates the design ideas for the game she's supposed to be making for class. The gentlemen in her group (Steven and Brian) will be turning it into an actual game. Aka, the boys will be the ones doing the actual programming, Barbie is only good for design ideas. 3. Barbie doesn't know what computer viruses are. Thankfully, Skipper does and tells Barbie what's up. Skipper's brown hair with purple streaks obviously means that she understands computers better. 4. Barbie wears her flash drive around her neck so she never forgets to back anything up. Except that the virus has gotten on to Barbie's flash drive! Too bad she backed up that virus. 5. Don't worry, Steven and Brian know what to do. It'll be faster if they help. 6. The library's computers will surely allow you to hook up virus-infected laptops galore to them! 7. Surprise, surprise, Steven did all of the fixing. 8. But wait? Skipper gives Barbie all of the credit? That's strange... She literally didn't do anything except stand there and look pretty. WAIT MY BAD, SHE HOLDS A CD THAT ONE TIME. 9. The random binary they throw onto these computer screens is pink.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    I was originally just gonna comment on the phenomenon of this book, but you know, I actually did read this book (thank you internet!), and it's deplorable. Is this what we want to tell girls that computer engineering is? Drawing up pictures of colorful puppies and then crashing two laptops with a virus? Then running to the boys to get help and fix it? And THEN taking credit for fixing her mistakes??! Computer engineering isn't just doing designs of puppies then passing off the designs to the boys I was originally just gonna comment on the phenomenon of this book, but you know, I actually did read this book (thank you internet!), and it's deplorable. Is this what we want to tell girls that computer engineering is? Drawing up pictures of colorful puppies and then crashing two laptops with a virus? Then running to the boys to get help and fix it? And THEN taking credit for fixing her mistakes??! Computer engineering isn't just doing designs of puppies then passing off the designs to the boys for coding. It involves a lot of damn hard work - math and electrical circuits and who knows what else. (I studied only mechanical engineering and the times I touched on what could be computer/software/electrical engineering were enough to teach me that no, that wasn't my forte.) Design work is great and all, but don't call Barbie a computer engineer if she's only doing the designs - call her what she is, a designer or a graphic artist. I would think that a computer engineer may have the firewalls and security software in place so that viruses wouldn't get spread. Anymore these days, this is basic information that kids half my age know. (Perhaps this is why Skipper has to give Barbie a hand???) And while I do encourage team work and think Barbie working with Steve and Brian isn't bad, good gravy Mary, what's with the boys figuring out and fixing her problem?! And then on another non-sexist note: Barbie takes credit for Steve and Brian's work to her sister AND her teacher!! What a deplorable woman! With this sort of mentality, what girl would want to be an engineer??? Barbie has a world of problems (the sexualization, the stereotyping), but this book could have shown that Barbie could be pretty and like clothes and STILL be a kick @$$ engineer. Nope. Instead, Barbie can't do coding, has to ask two boys to fix her problems after crashing two computers, and takes CREDIT for their work. If this irritates you too, check out Feminist Hacker and help rewrite this crappy book! Teach girls what REAL computer engineers are like! And here is a kick @$$ remix of the book that I really enjoy. It talks about the sexism in the STEM fields, teamwork, different roles for projects but doesn't resort to insulting Brian and Steve to make Barbie look better (I've seen a few panels that do that and want to headdesk).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bob Simms

    In an industry that is fighting to shake it's testosterone stereotype, this is an appalling book for either girls or boys. Barbie laughs when asked to program a game. She can only draw the pictures, she needs 2 men to do the programming. Her laptop contracts a virus, which she promptly passes to her sister's machine. because no woman could possibly be expected to trusted with IT. Fortunately Stephen, who's a boy and therefore able to understand PCs, saves barbie's data and restores her sister's In an industry that is fighting to shake it's testosterone stereotype, this is an appalling book for either girls or boys. Barbie laughs when asked to program a game. She can only draw the pictures, she needs 2 men to do the programming. Her laptop contracts a virus, which she promptly passes to her sister's machine. because no woman could possibly be expected to trusted with IT. Fortunately Stephen, who's a boy and therefore able to understand PCs, saves barbie's data and restores her sister's laptop. Finally he and another boy write Barbie's program, because boys will do anything for pretty girls if they smile nice. Barbie takes credit for saving her sister and claims credit for the assignment she did not write. Moral: if you look like Barbie you don't have to anything, because boys are much better at doing manly things, and they'll happily let you walk all over them. This would have been sexist 50 years ago. Shameful

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosver

    Well, my neighbor's young daughter has this book and decide to read it. And gracious me! A wanna be computer engineer who doesn't seem to know a thing about computers? LOL! Also she is designing a game not engineering a computer or even tackle any hardware aspect of the computer. They should have called it 'I Can Be a Video Game Designer' instead. Or if she is only doing the drawing and artworks and not designing the game mechanics and game play, then she is a game artist and the book should be ti Well, my neighbor's young daughter has this book and decide to read it. And gracious me! A wanna be computer engineer who doesn't seem to know a thing about computers? LOL! Also she is designing a game not engineering a computer or even tackle any hardware aspect of the computer. They should have called it 'I Can Be a Video Game Designer' instead. Or if she is only doing the drawing and artworks and not designing the game mechanics and game play, then she is a game artist and the book should be titled 'I Can Be a Game Artist' instead. It is also quite insulting to women too that they are portrayed as an almost computer illiterate, especially considering that Barbie wants to be a computer engineer. She doesn't know how to code, doesn't know how computer virus works, doesn't know about anti-viruses, don't seem to know how to troubleshoot her computer, doesn't know how to disassemble and assemble her computer... Really she doesn't know anything worthy about computers, not to mention computer engineering! The ending is quite awful too! She doesn't give credits where credit is due considering the fact the she is a constant fuck up and its her friends and relatives who is saving the day and did the vital aspects of her project. The 'I Can Be the Actress' part is more benign than the other half, though it is still rather horrible wish fulfillment (just Deus ex Machina a success huh?), but really who cares about that? It really can't wash out the what-the-fuckery the other half contained.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    Insulting, sexist, disempowering nonsense that doesn't even read well. Insulting, sexist, disempowering nonsense that doesn't even read well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    I managed to get my hands on a paperback copy of this book -- the infamous Barbie Computer Engineering story that inflamed the ire of the interwebs. As you probably know from others' reviews, Barbie completely relies on boys for all her computer code writing and troubleshooting needs. Here's the quick summary: Barbie tells her sister Skipper that she's designing a game. Skipper wants to play it, but Barbie says "I'm only creating the design ideas ... I'll need Steven's and Brian's help to turn it I managed to get my hands on a paperback copy of this book -- the infamous Barbie Computer Engineering story that inflamed the ire of the interwebs. As you probably know from others' reviews, Barbie completely relies on boys for all her computer code writing and troubleshooting needs. Here's the quick summary: Barbie tells her sister Skipper that she's designing a game. Skipper wants to play it, but Barbie says "I'm only creating the design ideas ... I'll need Steven's and Brian's help to turn it into a real game!". Barbie then tries to email Steven, but suddenly, her computer doesn't work. Skipper diagnoses the problem as a virus. Barbie really wants to send that email, so she borrows Skipper's laptop, inserts her heart-shaped usb thumb drive, and subsequently infects that machine as well. Skipper is upset, since her school presentation is now in jeopardy. Barbie promises to set things right, and there's some playful pillow fighting to resolve the female conflict. In the Library, Barbie attempts to fix the two laptops. Steven says "It will go faster if Brian and I help". The boys do the work, and soon Steven recovers the files. Relieved, Skipper then writes her school presentation on how much she admires Barbie, "a great sister and a great computer engineer!". The book closes with Barbie stating "I guess I can be a computer engineer!". Wow, an inspiration to girls everywhere.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    As a female software engineer, I am both flabbergasted (by the thought that Barbie seems to think designing a game means she's a computer engineer) and insulted (by the fact that Barbie seems to think girls can't code). There are many problems with this book. 1. Game design is NOT computer engineering. 2. Computer engineering is NOT programming games, or software in general (at least, not according to my college's definition. My college says that computer engineering is the hardware of the computer As a female software engineer, I am both flabbergasted (by the thought that Barbie seems to think designing a game means she's a computer engineer) and insulted (by the fact that Barbie seems to think girls can't code). There are many problems with this book. 1. Game design is NOT computer engineering. 2. Computer engineering is NOT programming games, or software in general (at least, not according to my college's definition. My college says that computer engineering is the hardware of the computer, not the software) 3. Barbie isn't doing ANY engineering whatsoever in designing the game. 4. Barbie DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO CODE. Seriously Barbie, how hard is it to hop on Codecademy or get a book from the library? Essentially, this book tells girls that they can't code. Only boys can. That's why Barbie needs men to program her game for her. (Oh, and for the record, when I say "Game Design" I mean drawing the pictures and being the idea girl, not doing anything on the engineering end like programming)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Terrible book! The idea of having Barbie be a computer engineer is great, especially as some of the other books in his series are about cheerleading and acting. However, then the book is actually about how Barbie only designs the program (which is about teaching kids to code) and then CANNOT CODE HERSELF!!! And to make matters worse, the two who do the coding for her and fix her mistakes are both male. In the three other books in this series that I've looked over, Barbie never has any problems i Terrible book! The idea of having Barbie be a computer engineer is great, especially as some of the other books in his series are about cheerleading and acting. However, then the book is actually about how Barbie only designs the program (which is about teaching kids to code) and then CANNOT CODE HERSELF!!! And to make matters worse, the two who do the coding for her and fix her mistakes are both male. In the three other books in this series that I've looked over, Barbie never has any problems in whatever field she is exploring, and none of the other books have males cleaning up the mess Barbie made. The one tiny good thing in this book is that the teacher is knowledgable(ish) and is female. The actress book is less offensive but just as stupid. Barbie is already an actress, but then is asked to be in an amateur play at the mall. She doesn't have any time to learn lines and is told to just pretend she is actually the role she is playing (a princess, naturally) and say what comes naturally. She is a hit (likely because she's already a famous actress) and "learns" that she can be a good actress, even without memorizing lines. Clearly there are no understudies in Barbie's world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    *sings* We girls can do anything, right Barbie?! *chokes* Yeah, anything except actually code or take precautions to avoid viruses, because, you know, math is hard and girls do design. But that's okay - she can get guys to do the actual coding and repairing for her! And the fact that this garbage is backed by a story about Barbie being an actress (a famous movie actress, no less - it's not worth taking up a craft if you can't be famous) just makes the stereotyping all the more brutal. So thankful *sings* We girls can do anything, right Barbie?! *chokes* Yeah, anything except actually code or take precautions to avoid viruses, because, you know, math is hard and girls do design. But that's okay - she can get guys to do the actual coding and repairing for her! And the fact that this garbage is backed by a story about Barbie being an actress (a famous movie actress, no less - it's not worth taking up a craft if you can't be famous) just makes the stereotyping all the more brutal. So thankful this is a library book that I can return - it just feels wrong to throw a book in the trash, even if that's where it belongs.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Em

    I really enjoyed this book. I learned that as a woman I can't do things by myself and need the help of at least one strong man to assist me in any endeavor I might attempt. In fact, I don't think I can't finish posting this review without a man's help. Steven? Brian? Where are you? I'm just a woman and therefore I can't understand basic computer operations. STEEEEVAN!? BRIIIIIIAN!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh god... I really enjoyed this book. I learned that as a woman I can't do things by myself and need the help of at least one strong man to assist me in any endeavor I might attempt. In fact, I don't think I can't finish posting this review without a man's help. Steven? Brian? Where are you? I'm just a woman and therefore I can't understand basic computer operations. STEEEEVAN!? BRIIIIIIAN!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh god...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stef Rozitis

    It should be retitled "I can't do a darn thing without men helping me". What a lame-arsed book It should be retitled "I can't do a darn thing without men helping me". What a lame-arsed book

  14. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Yup. Every bit as offensive as all the reviews and articles attested.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    While my preschooler loves the Barbie I Can Be series, the weak stories and stiff dialogue leave Mama unimpressed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy Rae

    I was really intrigued when I saw we had a Barbie book about being a computer engineer at work. I think it's an awesome idea, but the execution is lousy. In this one, Barbie is still learning how to be a computer engineer. Fine with me--the target audience is in school, too, so that might be relatable. However, the plot of the book is that her computer and Skipper's laptop have gotten a virus, and she needs her male friends' help to fix it. I really dislike that Barbie has to rely on two boys fr I was really intrigued when I saw we had a Barbie book about being a computer engineer at work. I think it's an awesome idea, but the execution is lousy. In this one, Barbie is still learning how to be a computer engineer. Fine with me--the target audience is in school, too, so that might be relatable. However, the plot of the book is that her computer and Skipper's laptop have gotten a virus, and she needs her male friends' help to fix it. I really dislike that Barbie has to rely on two boys from her class to get rid of the virus. She has a female teacher and at least one pictured female classmate. Why couldn't they help her with her problem and with her video-game project? I feel like this just ends up reinforcing the idea that computer's are a man's world. Barbie doesn't come off as very capable in this book--and before you snort and go "Well, she's Barbie," I think Mattel has done a decent job of giving Barbie more feminist roles within other media. Even if they hadn't, they're an international company, and Barbie is an internationally known product. They should do better than this. The text also seemed overly jargony in places. It wouldn't be very fun to read aloud, and it might be tough for kids to read to themselves. NB: I only read I Can Be A Computer Engineer from this two-pack. I wasn't as interested in I Can Be An Actress.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Holly Letson

    Just read the *I Can Be A Computer Engineer* book over at http://gizmodo.com/barbie-f-cks-it-up.... And, I must say I agree with most of what they say in the article. Barbie books are usually full of her needing a man/prince to save the day. One more thing, a game designer and a computer engineer are 2 different jobs. Also, shouldn't someone like Barbie (and her sister{s}!) have some amazing antivirus software on their laptop?!? Just read the *I Can Be A Computer Engineer* book over at http://gizmodo.com/barbie-f-cks-it-up.... And, I must say I agree with most of what they say in the article. Barbie books are usually full of her needing a man/prince to save the day. One more thing, a game designer and a computer engineer are 2 different jobs. Also, shouldn't someone like Barbie (and her sister{s}!) have some amazing antivirus software on their laptop?!?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lupine

    Even worse than I expected - everything you've read is true. It's abysmal. The actress story, which has not gotten any press, was also horrible. I'm not expecting treat lit-rah-turah from Barbie by any means but at the very least I expect that it not promote the idea that girls can't do anything except be pretty. Blech. Even worse than I expected - everything you've read is true. It's abysmal. The actress story, which has not gotten any press, was also horrible. I'm not expecting treat lit-rah-turah from Barbie by any means but at the very least I expect that it not promote the idea that girls can't do anything except be pretty. Blech.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tofazzal Hossain

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. tfgjbml

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    I only read the "computer engineer" side, because that was enough ridiculous misogyny for one sitting. What a horrible book to give to children, with a terrible message. I only read the "computer engineer" side, because that was enough ridiculous misogyny for one sitting. What a horrible book to give to children, with a terrible message.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eroti Cliterature

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rody

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Cole

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tanja

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aileen Glendinning

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Krause

    Not even a "nice try" for female empowerment here. Just outrage. Not even a "nice try" for female empowerment here. Just outrage.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dakeyras

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Bogdan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Asirini Thotagamuwa

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