Title: Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures
Author: Amber Dusick
Genre/Audience: Nonfiction, memoirs, parenting, adult
Publication: Harlequin, 2013
Parenting is a pretty hilarious illustrated book. It chronicles many of Dusick’s adventures in parenting two young boys, all broken down into various chapters and categories on different parenting topics. All of these hilarious stories are accompanied by even funnier illustrations that look remarkably like stick figures but with a little more “oomph.”
Dusick is pretty blunt and straight-forward, which I like. She’s not afraid to swear and doesn’t sugar coat parenting at all. In fact, some of her stories made me a little scared and got me thinking, “what am I getting myself into?” It’s all in good fun though, and I appreciated her honesty about what being a parent really entails. I appreciated her humor even more, and liked that she looks on the funny, bright side of things. I think when you’re a parent, sometimes all you can do is laugh or you might go crazy, and she isn’t afraid to do just that. The dialogue is funny, and the stories are easy to read. I also want to note that you should pay attention to the details in the illustrations – they are hilarious. One that I particularly enjoyed accompanied her story about re-reading the same book over again to one of the kids, and if you look at the title of the book in the illustration, it says “Annoying Book,” or something along those lines.
This was a quick read that I flew through. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I think this book will strongly appeal to parents, as well as expectant parents (such as myself) that have a sense of humor.
My Rating: 4/5