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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592408893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408894
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"… in this clever send-up of perfect parenting . . . each grittily realistic photo is accompanied by hilarious commentary from Engledow, who appears to possess a quality every dad should have: the ability to laugh at himself."
Book Page
 
"in a funny new book, photographer Dave Engledow skewers the art of being a dad."
People
 
"His gorgeous, hilarious, reality-bending photos pair Engledow with his daring daughter, Alice Bee, in situations that would make parents cringe—if they weren’t laughing out loud, that is."
—Parade.com
 
"...a perfect work of satire, which every parent will love and return to often...a unique book, that also happens to be a work of art"
—Jason Good, stand-up comedian and author of This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing

"A goofy and heart-gladdening tribute to all the joys and slings and arrows of raising a daughter."
Kirkus Reviews

“Internet, meet your new favorite dad.”
BuzzFeed

“A hilariously twisted response to all those cutesy shots that parents post on Facebook.”
Working Mothers (“Dad’s Who Rock: 25 Superstar Fathers”)

“[Dave Engledow] takes family portraits to a whole new level.”
New York Daily News 

About the Author

Dave Engledow studied photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently lives in the Washington, DC, area.

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Customer Reviews

Very funny book!
Andrea Merki
Looking forward to more more books to come in the future.
Chantal Kruger
So excited to gift my copy to my dad for Father's Day!
msamanta

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel R. Mcneil on May 6, 2014
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The photos and the text are really, really funny. If you like the picture on the cover, you will like the rest.

He swills beer in the back seat while his three-year old daughter, named Alice Bee, drives. He gleefully leaps onto a pile of leaves that Alice Bee just raked. And he lazily kicks up his legs on the exercise bike while Alice Bee does all the pedaling.

This book is the saga of a clueless man learning to be a better dad to his baby daughter. Dave Engledow gives us a three-year record of fictional photos and journal entries which chronicle his daughter growing up while he definitively does not.

Here is part of one journal entry. The pic is of Dave in a tutu, practicing ballet with the help of little Alice Bee:

"...These ballerino moves are not as easy as they look, especially as I am a bit out of shape. The good news is that Alice Bee is the perfect height to assist me in my training. Five nights of no-fuss bedtime, here I come!"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By msamanta on May 6, 2014
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A million times cuter, more hilarious, and awesome in print. So excited to gift my copy to my dad for Father's Day! Congratulations to Dave, Jen, and Alice Bee - this is simply the best!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sanagustin on May 6, 2014
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Oh, my God, this book is hysterical! I had seen a bunch of the photographer's pictures online, so I thought it would be good to buy the book. These photos are so cute and funny and irreverent. They are the perfect anecdote to all the sappy parenting stuff you see in the world. Dave Engledow reminds us that, once upon a time, parents didn't see children as so damned precious. They are funny, hearty, willful little beasts. And, after looking through this book, I know it's OKAY to let toddlers run the barbeque!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather A. Terstegge on June 27, 2014
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I bought this book for my husband for Father's Day. He took it to lunch that day and our table of 16 couldn't stop laughing. I'm surprised we didn't get kicked out of the restaurant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Adams on July 12, 2014
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Loved this book! As the father of three daughters it was so easy to relate. Dave is a genius and I love his photographic work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Heaton on June 24, 2014
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All 3 of my crazy kids love it, my wife loves it, I love it. Totally get it. A gem of a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chenani Arterberry on June 23, 2014
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Funny, engaging, the photographs are absolutely hilarious and I LOVE that it is from the dad's perspective. A must for moms-dads-aunts-uncles-gparents. The real-life memories and stories of raising/babysitting kids will come flooding out. You just may discover a family secret!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 18, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book.
It's mind boggling to think about what it took to make each picture!
Funny and very impressive.
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