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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 3 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449418465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449418465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"While originally conceived as a parody on a certain familiar bestseller, this funny resource actually contains plenty of helpful advice..." (Kate Wallace, Atlanta Parent magazine)

"...full of sound advice any father-to-be will appreciate." (Brett Cohen, Cape Cod Times)

About the Author

A native of Ithaca, N.Y., Thomas Hill is a creative executive for Nick@Nite and TV Land. A veteran of Harvard, the United States Chess Federation, and fatherhood, Thomas has five children and lives with his family in Verplanck, N.Y.

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A native of Ithaca, N.Y., Thomas Hill is a creative executive for Nick@Nite and TV Land. A veteran of Harvard, the United States Chess Federation, and fatherhood, Thomas has five children and lives with his family in Verplanck, N.Y.

Customer Reviews

Great book for expecting dad's.
Hillary Mitchell
This books seems more in the genre of a little joke book you'd put in your guest bathroom rather than a humorous and helpful pregnancy book for expecting fathers.
Amazon Customer
This book is very funny and my husband and I really enjoyed it.
Katie H. Walker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

111 of 118 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
It took me too long to finish this book ... because my wife kept stealing it since it was a lot more fun than any of her pregnancy books! However, I just finished this easy read, and I couldn't help but recommend this to fathers-to-be.
Let's be clear: this isn't an instruction manual or anything to take too seriously. It is a very fun, month-by-month account of pregnancy.
For the people who gave it low ratings, maybe you were looking for too much out of it ... this book isn't going to stop your wife's morning sickness and it isn't going to teach you the secret to triple your income before the baby is born. However, it might lighten what can be a time of emotional highs and lows, filled with fear, ecstasy, anxiety and elation, often all at the same time.
Seriously, there are plenty of good books out there which give great suggestions for how to handle the upcoming changes in your lives. Check out "The Expectant Father" or books of that ilk ... but to loosen up a little bit and have fun while getting involved in the pregnancy, get this book. Just don't read any of it to your wife until you've finished it, or you won't see it until she's finished reading it herself.
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103 of 116 people found the following review helpful By John Rosevear on February 18, 1999
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Brilliantly done comic relief for the overstressed expectant father who is a little burned out on pregnancy info. Each month of pregnancy has its own chapter, and each chapter begins with "what she'll be complaining about this month". The book probably doesn't have tons of useful info, and shouldn't be approached that way, but it is very funny and does serve to get you into the right mindset. If you're a newly-pregnant woman, and your partner is resisting the harder reading, start him off with this one. THEN give him the hard stuff...
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122 of 147 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2002
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I gave this book 2 stars because, although it was not for me, I am willing to accpet some people may like it. I am excited, scared and very curious about my wife's pregnancy. I have never seen her look prettier and happier. I bought the book thinking it might give me the "inside story" to the secrets and mysteries of the mother of my child. I wanted to know what I could do to make these 9 months the best experience for her. What I got was a --humorous?-- vision of the torture it is for a man to have a pregnant wife. It was no help at all; it was offensive and embarassing.
My wife, however, thought it was funny. She has an amazing sense of humor, I guess. She gave it to our neighbors, who are also expecting their first child, and they loved it. Like they love Dave Barry and The Far Side books.
I guess what I'm saying is: if you want to laugh like you would watching Seinfeld, then sure. This is it. If you want to understand your wife better, or find out how to make her life easier during the time she carries and nurtures your child, then look somewhere else.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2003
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To all of you disappointed at the lack of pertinent information in this book, didn't you read the description before you bought it? Didn't you see the red banner on the corner that says "A PARODY"? C'mon people, this is not an informational book, it's a joke. It's meant to be a joke. It's not supposed to make your husband care more or give him any useable knowledge about pregnancy, it's supposed to make him laugh.
I bought this for my future brother-in-law when we found out my sister was pregnant.....he loves it, and so does she! I think it's a fantastic book, for those with a sense of humor.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
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This book had my husband and me laughing hysterically. While it does contain some useful tips and some factual information on the stages of pregnancy, it's more of a mood-lifter. It teaches many funny lessons on what to say, and what NOT to say to your pregnant wife, how to learn to maneuver her through a crowded restaurant (practice with an upright mattress), and the basic food groups of the pregnant woman. This is not a serious book, but it certainly helped us to lighten up an emotionally challenging period of our pregnancy. The previous reviewers who didn't like this book are taking themselves WAY too seriously! I highly recommend it for good laughs together.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2000
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Unlike most of these attempts at humor and parody, this book is actually very funny. It's a good parody of What to Expect When You're Expecting, but you'll also find it funny even if you haven't read that book. My wife laughed a lot when she read it too.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JenCO on August 6, 2012
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Bought this for my husband because this is his first baby and I thought it would help him through...he was very put off on how men came across in this book. It was bitter and rude. And he didn't like how non-involved and uncaring it made men seem. He stopped reading it and it went to the garage sale pile. LOL I can see the humor in it more than he can, but it is definitly not a teaching/helpful book. It depicts women as crazy and self-centered. Women may be crazy when pregnant, self-centered?...anything but. We are making a person! Its a lot of work.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "louren_reed_li" on March 30, 2000
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If your husband is even the slightest bit jumpy, and worries about all of the bad things related to pregnancy (money, etc.), then by all means, keep this book away from him. After reading the first two or three pages, I noticed my husband become paler and paler. I thought the book was perfectly fine, and kinda funny, but I guess this is proof that this is not the book for every husband.
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