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Be the Coolest Dad on the Block: All of the Tricks, Games, Puzzles and Jokes You Need to Impress Your Kids (and keep them entertained for years to come!) Paperback – May 2, 2006
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Steve has worked for advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Lowe Howard Spink, and his work has won two Campaign Poster Awards and a D&AD Pencil award. He has lectured widely in England, Norway, France and Holland, and has taught digital design at the University of Westminster and the University of the Arts London.
Steve is the author of ten books: How to Cheat in Photoshop (five editions), How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements (co-authored, three editions), Icon Design, Max Pixel's Adventures in Adobe Photoshop Elements, The Complete Guide to Digital Illustration (co-authored) and Art & Design in Photoshop. He has also co-authored three mainstream books: Dad Stuff, More Dad Stuff, Stuff the Turkey and Complete and Utter Zebu.
When he's not at his computer Steve plays the piano well, the accordion moderately and the guitar badly. He spends his spare time making improbable constructions out of wood and other materials. His first commissioned sculpture was for the Bethlem hospital - the original 'bedlam' - in 2010.
Top Customer Reviews
1) I found activities I can use for team-building activities (Chapter 10: Fun & Games).
2) I found new reasons to do some of the magic tricks, even though I know them already (Chapter 2: batteries Not Included & Chapter 9: Puzzles , Tricks & Jokes).
3) I discovered ice-breakers that can be used in my classroom - and they are useful after lunch (clue: scissors, paper, stones)
4) The authors presented the information in a style that is easy to follow, and there are enough facts that will give you an edge if you ever appear on 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?'
5) The games for road-trips are invaluable; something old, something new.
You can definitely use the material here, whether you are a teacher, corporate trainer or host of a party. Or, if you want to get back at your 10-year-old nephew with the smart riddles/puzzles. Go ahead - arm yourself with this book! This complements the copy of 'Emergency' by Neil Strauss.
The book will teach you very quickly how to: perform a variety a simple magic tricks; organize impromptu games requiring little to no materials; build rope swings; identify common trees and plants; answer many of the 'why and how' science and nature questions children ask; bedevil your child with riddles and jokes; occupy your children on car rides; and dozens of other things.
Even if you're not a parent this is a fun book. You can use the ideas when visiting friends and family to become a celebrity among the kids. It's a really fun book, and worth twice what it costs.
I would recommend this not just for dads, but any person who spends time with children. You will learn some great tricks and be reminded of some classics you marveled at as a child.
This group of "must know topics, skills and abilities" for Dads, could certainly be valuable knowledge for any parent, regardless of gender. As for the value of contents, here's the proof of this kind of book: As mundane as they might appear to adults, the items included in this book are the very things many children will take with them into adulthood as "best memories". What could be better?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess I was expecting more tricks and projects... a lot of discussion on how to answer some of the basic questions in life (had those ready)... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by R. Thomas
This is a cute gift for fathers day or a new dad. It has some ideas that will give you some good quality time together with your child.Published on October 22, 2013 by Stacy Traktman
My seven year old son and I found some great activities in here that didn’t take a lot of money or skill, as well as some projects that we will probably do in the future.Published on July 30, 2013 by Neil Kavanagh
Great product and helps knowing what to do when you kids think you know it all. Every secret works great!Published on January 10, 2013 by Ernie Wilson
it is very good and interisting. it is very educational and is fun to play with. it is not just for dads.I recommend you downloding this for you and your family.Published on December 28, 2012 by nohemi
My nephew had is first child last summer and I got this book for him. It looks like a handy book to have around with losts of useful info.Published on December 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my husband before our son was born because it reminded me of how my dad was with my sister and I. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by catzapps
Recently ordered this book and love it. It's full of great trivia, jokes, experiments, games - you name it. This will keep husband and kids occupied for a very long time!Published on June 5, 2012 by JT
I bought this for my brother when he and his wife were expecting their first child - he is one of those "full of useless information" guys, and this book was perfect. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by Mommy of four