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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080073372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Balducci combines her writing talent and her life as the parent of five rambunctious boys to deliver a collection of essays on the everyday aspects of mothering boys. Pondering her bald backyard, she longs for grassy vistas she knows she will never see. She has five climbers, diggers, and runners with huge appetites that require ceaseless feeding. She insists that her husband take the lead on Boy Scout hosting and camping activities but manages to get pulled in anyway. Balducci regales with stories of breaking up tussles, teaching etiquette, hosting birthday parties, managing homework regimes, and trying to get her own work done. Mothers of boys will recognize the scenarios and appreciate the labor of love. --Vanessa Bush

From the Back Cover

"This book is a celebration of boyhood in all its glory."--Dr. Kevin Leman, author, Have a New Kid by Friday

When Rachel Balducci looks for material for her writing, she doesn't have to look far. Her subject matter can be found climbing through the window, hanging on to the edge of the roof, and rummaging through the refrigerator. Here she chronicles the exuberant, awesome life of boys through bizarre conversations overheard, unbelievable rules she's been forced to make, and the many episodes of boy behavior that continue to mystify mothers worldwide. From the care and feeding of her team, to travels out in public, to their wide-eyed adoration of Chuck Norris, this laugh-out-loud celebration joyfully explores the sweetly wild side of boyhood.


"Balducci's tales of life in a house full of boys are as warm as they are funny. Her honesty, wit, and insightfulness combine to make How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? a true delight to read."--Jennifer Fulwiler, author of ConversionDiary.com

"Funny, heartwarming, edifying, and always uplifting, Rachel shares her joy for parenting in a way that will inspire you to be a better wife and mom. She teaches us that family life, with all of its ups and downs, is truly one of life's greatest gifts."--Lisa M. Hendey, author, The Handbook for Catholic Moms; founder, CatholicMom.com

"In this gem of a book, Rachel gives us a glimpse of her world. It's a field guide, a memoir, a mystery, and a love letter all in one."--Danielle Bean, mother of eight; editorial director, Faith & Family; author, My Cup of Tea and Mom to Mom, Day to Day


Rachel Balducci is a writer and the mother of five lively boys--with another baby on the way. Her website, www.testosterhome.net, has been nominated for several awards and continues to chronicle the antics of her boys.

More About the Author

Rachel Balducci is married to a dashing immigration attorney slash basketball coach slash amateur front-room wrestler. Together, they have five lively sons. Life is an adventure and Rachel is up for the challenge nearly every single day.

Rachel is a writer and a newspaper columnist. How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? is her first book.

If you (or your loved ones) are enamored with Chuck Norris, competition and digging until your backyard is grass-free, you will feel right at home in her world.

Customer Reviews

This is a fun book to read.
A. Yeager
If you have boys or know someone that has boys I recommend reading this delightful book.
E. K. Collins
Balducci is an honest, funny and captivating writer.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Momma C on March 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was really excited to receive this book as we have two little superheros in our home. Always trying to understand a little better the male mind, I couldn't wait to dive in.

How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys is a collect of stories written by a mom of five boys. Rachel Balducci is a delightful writer and has an amazing way with words. The book contains approx. 100 mini-stories of life around the Balducci home. She proves that with boys there is never a dull moment.

Even though the title is "How Do You...", this is NOT a parenting book. This is key. In reality, this book is just stories of life with boys. The crazy, unthinkable, scary things that boys do and say. This book is set up more like a gift or coffee-table book.

Momma C's Thoughts: As much as I hate it, I couldn't get into this book. I didn't laugh at the stories or chuckle at raising boys. I really wanted to. But it didn't come. Here are a few reasons why, I believe I had this reaction. With three kiddos five and under, I am tired. Reading some of these stories was like reliving them. Some of the things boys do, I would rather forget! Also, as Moms we tell stories about our kids that are really funny to us and our immediate family but other people just don't get into them like we do. Lastly, boys are boys. They truly are Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul. With that said, unless you like to read stories about other families, I can not recommend this book.

Contradictory of my last comment, there are a few moms who might find this book helpful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Aughtmon on March 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I just tucked into How Do You Tuck in a Superhero last night and COULD NOT put it down! I love how Rachel captures the creativity and craziness of boys and the beauty of being a mom of boys. And by beauty I mean, the total disruption of what you thought your life would be like as a mother. Being a mom of boys myself, I saw myself in every chapter, laughed outloud, and was reminded once again that I love that God blessed me with 3 wild and sweet boys. If you are a mom of boys or a mom in general, this is one for you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loving Mama on March 31, 2011
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Was expecting creative parenting tips for how to wrangle hyper boys and make the routine acivities fun. This book is just a Moms observations about her 5 boys and her own quirks related to parenting. It is okay but not great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa H. Jones on August 18, 2010
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Even though I only have one son, I have fallen in love with a book about raising 5 sons. How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys by supermom, Rachel Balducci will have you laughing no matter how many boys are in your household.

Rachel has put together a book of short stories surrounding her adventures with her 5 sons. She appears to be a normal mom who has risen to this herculean task with humor, common sense, and lots of love. She makes the seemingly impossible task of being a mom to so many boys not only seem possible, but downright fun and enjoyable through the personal stories of her family.

My favorite section had to be, "Rules I Can't Believe I Had to Make." Included are such gems as "Don't hogtie your brother and drag him across the yard on the back of your bicycle," and "Never shut your brother in a refrigerator." This second rule also seemingly applies to all major appliances. I found myself laughing but also wondering if I need to have a few similar discussions with my own children.

Throughout her book, she addresses the same fears, struggles and parenting issues the rest of us have, but from a unique, loving and humorous perspective. Rachel has found a way to relate her adventures of raising boys in such a way that at times I was extremely thankful we have only been blessed with one boy and at other times thinking longingly that a whole houseful of boys sounds wonderful.

A wonderful, easy read that will have you laughing out loud at the antics of the Balducci boys and smiling at the love Rachel shares for each of her unique children. Not only a great gift for a mom of many boys, but for any parent who loves their children.How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys (Spire Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Wagner on June 4, 2010
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Having grown up as the only girl between three brothers, I can attest to the shenanigans boys can and do get into. I think it is an inherent trait of boys to be curious and daring. Rachel Balducci catches it all in her book, How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? Besides all the antics the boys get into and the distinct rules they as parents have to make, she also offers lots of great advice and encouragement on raising boys, mixed with lots of laughs.

My take on Rachel's book: Don't sweat the small stuff. Zero in on the important things that matter: spiritual growth, Godly character, safety, and the tenacity it takes to be a future great husband and father.

This is a book I won and take the pleasure of blogging on to help parents of boys to raise Godly men. An additional book I would recommend is Bringing Up Boys by James C. Dobson
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