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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; first edition (May 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743224450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743224451
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Mullen has seven brothers and sisters and sixteen nieces and nephews. When not in therapy, he writes the "Hot Sheet" column for Entertainment Weekly and is the author of It Takes a Village Idiot, a memoir of moving from Manhattan to a small town in the Catskills.

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My first newspaper column was in the weekly "Village Voice" in the mid-80s. It was called "I believe" and each week it had ten lines that went like this: "I believe that if you really think about it, men should be the ones who ride side-saddle." "I believe that somewhere there's a place for us, but it's $3600 a month plus utilities." "I believe that if you wake up and smell the roses, you've probably been buried alive."

That got me a job as a writer for Jim Kerr, the morning dj at WPLJ-FM at the time. Eventually I ended up producing his show for a few years, while also working at different magazines as a writer and editor. I would get up a 4am, go do drive-time radio until 9, then go to a bar and have a few drinks with Jim before jumping into a cab to whatever magazine had their hooks into me at the time. Trust me, if you're not drinking at 9am, you're doing it wrong.

I created a column called "The Hot Sheet" (try and say that fast, three times in a row) that was published in three or four "downtown" magazines before it ended up in "Entertainment Weekly" in 1991. It was a list of people and events that were in the news that week, ranked from 1 to 20, with a snarky comment attached to each. I called it "kicking people while they were up." EW over-paid me for thirteen years before they showed me the door, which was fine, I had absolutely nothing new to say about Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and the Sopranos.

My wife Sue (we just celebrated our 39th anniversary by staying up past 9pm) was working on Seventh Avenue in Times Square and for some reason she wanted a place where we could get away from the city on the weekends. She bought a little farm house outside a tiny little town without a stop light in the Catskills, three hours away from the cocktail parties, the free-movie screenings, the gift-filled swag bags and expense account lunches that I was gorging on in Manhattan. What was she thinking? We had lived in Greenwich Village for twenty years. We didn't have a car, I didn't have a driver's license, we didn't have a lawn mower or a grill. It took years, but I gradually came around to her way of thinking, a story I tell in "It Takes a Village Idiot" which is a thinly fictionalized version of the real story. I, of course, am the idiot in the title.

"Baby's First Tattoo" is a spoof of those memory books they give parents so they can write down the day the baby got his first tooth, the day she said her first word. My mother had eight of them and never got past the second page on any of them. "First Tattoo" is the memory book for real children, it has places for baby's first Ritalin prescription and baby's first lawyer. I wrote most of "Baby's First Tattoo" on the back of napkins on a plane ride from Omaha to Albany after spending a long, long weekend with small, noisy, sugar-fueled nieces and nephews. Inspired isn't the right word for that, tortured is. If you think I'm kidding, those same nieces and nephews are out of college right now, none of them married, none of them have kids. Because they know what they were like.

"My First Wedding" was a spoof of a wedding planning book, a follow-up to "First Tattoo." The premise was this: everyone knows that they're probably going to get married more than once, so why not make a deal with the caterer? If he does a good job on your first wedding, you promise to use him on the next one. It was a huge bomb. We could have dropped in on Iraq and ended the war ten years ago. Apparently brides-to-be don't find wedding planning as funny as I did.

After "The Village Idiot" came out, I thought a good way to promote it would be to get a newspaper column, write about fun stuff, and at the very bottom there'd be a line that said, "Jim Mullen's new book is "It Takes a Village Idiot." I've been writing that syndicated column every week for 10 years for United Media (which merged with Universal Uclick this past June). If you run a newspaper and would like to shower me with money go to www.universaluclick.com/ and sign up for my column. If your newspaper doesn't run my column, ask them why. Sometimes if you Google "Jim Mullen newspaper" you can find the column on line. I don't know why it's so hard to get on line, but I'm guessing it has something to do with money.

I put 43 of the columns together as a book called "Now in Paperback!" and it's companion volume with another 43 columns will come out in soon (around the first of the year, 2012) called "How to Lose Money In Your Spare Time -- At Home!" Don't ask me why, I like the exclamation points at this point in my life. I also have two novels in the works, one of which should come out in 2013.

Customer Reviews

It was very funny and cute all at the same time!
wol
It's really more of something to look through and have a chuckle than an actual baby book to fill in.
A. Dameron
I highly recommned this book to anyone looking for a baby gift for the modern couple.
Rachael Rydbeck

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Eugene on July 22, 2002
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This book is exactly what's described in the description here: A comical take on the traditional baby's memories book. For someone who was a little overwhelmed at the amount of stuff out there that's targeted towards new parents (read: designed to guilt new parents into buying their schlock so you don't feel like you're neglecting your child), this book was a breath of fresh air. Realisitically, neither I nor my wife would have ever completely made use of a straightforward baby memories book, and in fact, I have yet to meet anyone who actually did. This book, on the other hand, is entertaining by itself so you don't feel that its purchase was a complete waste even if you never fill in any of its pages.
Some gems from the pages include: "Diameter of baby's head" followed thereafter by "Diameter of hole baby's head came through." There are places to record baby's first projectile vomit, and even baby's first DWI. There's even a ledger of expenses you can fill out which start out with hospital expenses and even include cost of spring break, cost of first auto repair, and cost of "finding oneself".
This is funny, funny stuff. It's not intended to be a serious memory book for any child, but it provided me, a parent, with plenty of giggles.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Rydbeck on May 3, 2002
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I picked this book up because of its catchy title. I don't have any kids, but many of my friends do and I am always looking for the perfect baby gift. I read this book from cover to cover and laughed all the way through. I highly recommned this book to anyone looking for a baby gift for the modern couple.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2002
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I stumbled on this book by accident and immediately thought of a handful of people who could use it and appreciate it. Kids do say, and break, and spit up, and do the darnedest things and Baby's First Tattoo prompts you to record them. A must for any recent parent.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2003
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The mark of a really choice comedic book is when someone who isn't even in the target demographic picks it up and can't put it down until after reading it all the way through. I first saw this book at a Best Buy, laughed hysterically, then after wiping away my tears, recorded the title into my Palm Pilot for future reference. Right now, there's an unsuspecting pregnant friend of mine out there about to get this book...and she's going to LOVE it! There seem to be a couple reviewers here who think this book is actually supposed to be a record keeper or something to read a million times over. Someone mentioned that the book doesn't contain evergreen cultural references. (Gee, if that were a sign of success, then Stephen King would have been in big trouble a long time ago.) This is an "in the moment" book for a time that is best lived, well, in the moment. Great job.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fingerhead on January 6, 2004
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I received this book at a shower, and it became the hit of the party - guests took turns reading from it aloud.
Granted, if you are looking for a traditional fill-in-the-milestone baby book, this isn't it. But, if you (or the parent-to-be) would like a little humor mixed in with the diaper bags and layettes, this book is perfect.
On the days when parenthood is more than a little daunting, I pick it up for a much needed laugh.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2002
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This is a great gift when you're tired of giving the same 'ol ho-hum thing. I don't have kids, but if I did, I would really enjoy getting this book. You will be proud of this refreshing change!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PCG VINE VOICE on January 15, 2007
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My mom gave me Baby's First Tattoo when I had my second child. Every time I look at it I crack up laughing. For three years I waited for someone I know to have a baby, and FINALLY I got to buy this book for someone else! If you actually fill out this book, you may need family therapy. Contact Dr. Phil ASAP. Every parent needs a good laugh, which this book easily provides. Need a place to save a smear of baby's first projectile excreta? Want to record the name of your nanny's first lawyer? Her second lawyer? How about a family tree with branches for everyone from Mom and Dad to "egg donor" and "Daddy's special friend?" Look no further, this book has it all!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2003
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I have read some of the reviews of this book and I was disappointed at the number of people who were not enjoying this book. My sister-in-law received this book from a friend, so I went out and bought it for my friend. I feel modern parents, or the younger parents will enjoy this book more. I wrote a little insert on my friend's front cover saying, "I hope you never have to use this book. I thought it was cute and I wanted you to know I was excited about the birth of the baby." It's true. I hope no one has to actually write down half of the things in this book. It's a nice conversation starter. It's great reading material. The authors made this book one of a kind. More and more people are looking for books and shower gifts that make a statement. This will do it!
5 stars for orginality.
5 stars for funny.
5 stars for thank god I don't have to use this on my children!
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