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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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"Filled with stuff that delighted my kids. (They) cram an awful lot of great ideas into 186 pages." -- Mark Frauenfelder, boingboing.net

About the Author

""Steve Chaplin ""lives in London and is a freelance graphic artist specializing in satirical photomontage. He is also a contributing editor to MacUser magazine, and is a beta tester for Adobe software. He also lectures on Photoshop techniques and the ethics of photomontage. He is the author of three other books: How to Cheat in Photoshop, Icon Design and the Complete Guide to Digital Illustration.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767922492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767922494
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Caplin is a freelance artist and author working in London, England. His satirical photomontage work is commissioned by newspapers and magazines around the world, including The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times Magazine, Radio Times, Readers Digest and L'Internazionale.

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.

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This is a very, very funny but also surprisingly useful book on how to entertain and amaze your little monsters. You might want to read it even if you don't have kids, for self-defense material the next time you're stuck in a room with a bored and complaining child. A perfect present for the dads you know (much better than a tie!).
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I enjoyed this book, thanks to a review I read in Genii magic magazine by Jon Racherbaumer. The readers' reviews here definitely shaped my buying decision. I enjoyed it on several levels:

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.
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I found this book extremely entertaining. Cleverly written and chock full of information, games, puzzles and facts that kept me reading and practicing the long lost art of engaging with and entertaining kids. If you would like to have your children put away the Nintendo in favor of some quality time that you will all enjoy, or if you are not a parent but would love to know the secret behind those magic tricks, pick up "Be The Coolest Dad On The Block".
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I bought this after a recommendation on the Cool Tools blog. It seemed like a good way to learn some fun tricks to amuse children and generally be a cool guy.

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.
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This looked like it was going to be a lot of fun. I'm more than 3/4 of the way through, and still looking for the fun. Some of the stuff is just ok (thus the 3 stars) But, some is downright stupid. ex- make a pigeon sound with your hands. You probably won't be able to do it, but keep trying. Like I said, it's not terrible, it's just ok. Turns out I have way cooler stuff than this already.
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This book delivers in the title. There are so many cool things that you can do with your kids and this includes so many of them. As someone who will soon be a dad I wanted to have quite a few fun things in my back pocket to be able to pull out and this book is an amazing resource for them. This book is full of fun tricks, experiments and all around fun things to do.

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.
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Okay, it's not classic literature, but it fills a void which, for some, could be just as important.

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?
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My daughters and wife have had more fun reading this book than I have - so much so, I don't know where it is right now. Christmas day I was able to read the first 25% of it but if the remaining 75% is as humorous a the first then it's a winner.
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