I have discussed at length the proper shoes to wear while reading bedtime stories to your children. But the proper footwear is not enough to give your spawn every advantage! Your choice of nail polish is almost as important if you want your children to get better SAT scores than Amy Chua‘s children.

In previous posts I named the books in question; in this case, heaven help you if you don’t recognize the source material from the manicures. I am including two books I hate, because I am a giver who respects all literary choices even when they are wrong and horrible.

Click on the pics to learn more about the nail artistes who came up with these jaw-dropping creations. If you can name every book, congratulations! You get NOTHING.




rainbow fish



(This next one MAY be hard to guess. But the book is SO GOOD, as is this mani!)



The names of the base colors used in the next mani are Butt Taco and Lesbihonest. Oh, you naughty marketers of today.








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So which are the two books that are an abomination unto the Lord? If you answer wrong, let’s not be friends.

PS. No one has done a Wrinkle in Time manicure yet. I checked. Come on, the blue cover with the circles? That would be awesome. Get on that, someone with fine motor skills. Also why no Leo Lionni or Ezra Jack Keats manicures? Those dudes’ use of color is inspiring. Again, get cracking, people who are not me.

PPS. Bookriot had a delightful roundup of young-adult-lit inspired manicures a while back. Check out their examples for super-bonding-times when your children are teenagers and you want to do Mockingjay nails together like the besties I am confident you will be if you glom onto their every interest like a helicopter mother limpet.


  1. Katie January 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    These are so great, thanks! I didn’t recognize Matilda, and I had to look up the purple one (awesome nail design and execution), but I got the others. I HATE The Giving Tree and am also not a fan of either Rainbow Fish OR Wimpy Kid… So I think I must be a bigger hater than you are. Can we still be friends?

  2. marjorieingall January 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    being a bigger hater than i am DEFINITELY means we can be friends.

  3. Jennifer Hubert Swan January 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Rainbow Fish and The Giving Tree.

  4. marjorieingall January 7, 2014 at 11:39 am


  5. Sarah January 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Abomination the first: The Giving Tree, aka Codependent 101.
    Abomination the second: Rainbow Fish, aka proof that books with sparkly covers are generally crap.

    But what really terrifies me are the Hungry Caterpillar talons. Is she hungry for my blood?

  6. nancy January 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    The only good thing about The Giving Tree is that the author was such a total shite. I knew his niece. Family occasions were to be avoided at all cost.

    BTW, The Phantom Tollbooth nails are INSANE. I might just have to stop biting my nails for that.

  7. Cheryl January 8, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Whoa–these manicurists are artistes, for sure. And Katie, Nancy, and Sarah: I, too, loathe the Giving Tree.

  8. Lisa January 8, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I love how Matilda is made with the thumb and ring finger together, but my favorite is the pigeon, because that’s about how short my nails are. I hate The Giving Tree times two. Even though I find the story horrifying, it makes me cry. So, I hate the content and then I hate that my emotions are still susceptible to manipulation. Hate it! Rainbow Fish is just stoopid.

  9. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story January 8, 2014 at 11:18 am

    This is fabulous! I just pinned them to my Book-Inspired Nails page on Pinterest, whoot!

  10. marjorieingall January 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

    thanks, bonnie!

  11. Joanna Brichetto February 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Whew, I passed the test of hatred and I guessed them all. That’s enough validation for a week, at least. If anyone takes you up on an Ezra Jack Keats version, I’m hoping for The Snowy Day (as long as it includes the pink bathtub and marvelous floor tile).

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