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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick: Review

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(* review copy received by PR group, views expressed here are honest opinion of the blog owner and reviewer)

Some time back I received a mail asking me if I would like to review this very interesting book titled 'Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick'. To be honest, since I hadn't heard about the book earlier, my first thought was that this was going to another of those 'crappy' books that I have received for review in the past (no pun intended).

Reading the cover, I thought I wanted to give it a try. And a few days later, the book arrived by post.

Before you move on to the review, you can READ THE COVER

Details about the book:

Title: Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures

Author: Amber Dusick
Publishers: Harlequin
No. of pages: 214

Year Published: 2013
Format I read in: Paperback
Genre: Parenting, Non-Fiction

Author Amber Dusick first began sharing her take on parenting with her blog crappypictures.com She began this as a way to vent out her frustrations about being a parent, and also trying to connect in some way to other parents by sharing her own experiences. Of course she loves being a mom, but, as any parent will tell you, parenting is filled with as much frustration as joy. Her blog posts were aimed at being a funny take on otherwise frustrating situations. While she was sharing these posts, she wanted to accompany them with images that would best suit the mood, but was unable to do so. So she began doodling herself. And all this she was doing quietly in the night, in the dark, while nursing her baby. The idea to create a book on this was next to follow, and even though the author herself says her images are 'crappy,' the book was an instant bestseller!

My take on the book:
First off, if you've not taken a proper look at the cover, go up and do it right away. The 'crappiness' and the 'fun' of this book begins right from the cover. A glance at the cover is enough to give you an idea of what's inside, and also that this isn't a self-help or self-rant book on parenting, but rather a funny, laught-at-your-own-parenting-self sort of book.

The book is divided into 10 interesting chapters, barely 15-20 pages each on an average. Here's how the content table looks like:

Meet the crappy family
  1. Before & After Kids
  2. ^NOT Sleeping
  3. Eating
  4. The Good Stuff
  5. Traveling
  6. Sickness
  7. Toys & Play
  8. Language (Is Cool)
  9. Poop & Diapers
  10. The 50 Crappy Laws of Parenting
All the pages are filled with funny drawings doodled by the author herself, the ones she calls 'crappy,' but that I'd love to call cute, witty, appropriate and outright fun. 

Here's a look at some of the images that the author has doodled:

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The book is written in such a way that you won't realise it's 214 pages. For most part, each page has at least 1 picture, along with some text, and in some cases there is no text even, just the image is enough (as you can figure out from the images above.) So once you start reading, you pretty much end up flipping pages and keep going on.

Every single page is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, and in some cases, make you laugh out loud. Also, if your partner is around (I say this coz this is a book that even those who aren't parents or aren't married will really really enjoy), you'll end up grabbing him/her and make them read certain passages right then. I can guarantee that you'll also be telling your friends about the book and asking them to read it.

As you read the book, you feel as if it was something you wrote yourself, that all the experiences shared here are your very own, and if you didn't know otherwise, you would think that you, yourself, had written this one! Almost all the experiences have been shared by you at some point or other as a parent - in my case, I would say 99% of the book is my story!

But it's funny....it's really really funny. And smart, and written in such a beautiful witty manner, that you end up laughing at situations that are otherwise so frustrating in real life!

I must say that this is surely one of the best parenting books I've ever read, and this is something I'm gonna always cherish. Also, it's one of the best-written books ever, not just in the parenting category.

The book will make for a great personal collection, and is a great gifting option. In fact, if you have a parent friend and are looking for a gift, I suggest you gift a copy of this.



- Debolina Raja Gupta