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Reasons My Kid Is Crying [Kindle Edition]

Greg Pembroke
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A glimpse into the tribulations of parenting that is part documentary, part therapy, and completely hilarious.
It all started when busy father Greg Pembroke posted a few pictures online of his three-year-old son, mid-tantrum, alongside the reason his son was crying: He had broken his bit of cheese in half. In Reasons My Kid is Crying, Greg collects together photos sent from parents around the world, documenting the many, completely logical reasons why small children cry.  Among them: “I let him play on the grass” . . . “He ran out of toys to throw into his pool” . . . “The neighbor’s dog isn’t outside”.  The result is both an affectionate portrait of the universal, baffling logic of toddlers—and a reminder for burned-out parents everywhere that they are not alone.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for

One of the Top 8 Favorite Tumblrs by E! Online  *  The most viral blog on Tumblr in 2013 – Yahoo
“Couldn’t be more hilarious.” –Good Morning America
“Reasons My Son Is Crying makes parents weep…with laughter.” –

"Totally cute (and totally relatable)." –Mashable

About the Author

GREG PEMBROKE is the father of two sons (and the husband of one wife) from Rochester, NY. He works part time as radio advertising copywriter three days per week and stays home with his young sons two days per week.

Product Details

  • File Size: 134613 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO60AWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turned out to be wonderful teaching tool May 16, 2014
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I originally came to the author's blog for entertainment and commiseration with other parents concerning the frustrations of raising a toddler. However, when my 2 1/2 year old son saw me looking at the page, much to my surprise he was captivated. He was dying to know why all these poor babies were crying. We ended up having wonderful conversations about empathy, safety, better ways to express our feelings to get what we want, and what things might be worth crying about. For nearly 6 months my son asked me to see the "crying baby page," so I knew once the book come out we would have to have it. For the last two weeks this has been our bedtime book. We talk about why the mommies and daddies have to keep the baby out of the oven and the dishwasher to keep him safe even if it means he might get upset. We talk about how someone should tell the boy that a fly can't hurt him so he wouldn't be upset. We talk about how people get cranky when they are hungry, or how the little girl should ask for another peach instead I'd crying that she ate up the first one. We talk about how we should never hurt the dog (or eat his tail). Sometimes I say, "Well, I would cry too if that happened to me," or "I think I would just ask for what I wanted instead of crying." Sometimes I try to get him to see another person's point of view by saying, "I think that Daddy might be sad that his baby doesn't want a picture taken with him." Even though as a frustrated parent I find the book very funny, I'm careful to never laugh or trivialize the babies' feelings in front of my son as he takes their feelings very seriously. For child who is just learning about feelings, empathy, and expressing himself verbally this series has unexpectedly turned out to be an invaluable teaching tool.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss out on this book! April 1, 2014
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I love the Tumblr, I love the Twitter feed. The only advantage they have over this book is that the book, unfortunately, ends. This book is not all entertaining pictures, either. There are short essays throughout that show Greg Pembroke has real sensitivity, depth and talent. I hope for not only sequels to this book, but perhaps more writing as well. Fabulous!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! April 4, 2014
Love the blog, love the book - what more can I say? Well, I will say it anyways...

The book is great since it has intros to each chapter that are laugh-out-loud funny, as well as lists of why the author himself would like to have a meltdown. Some of the pics repeat from the tumblr, but most appear new and are just a riot.

Perfect gift for baby showers, new parents, or parents of toddlers going through a meltdown phase that could use a good laugh. (The book is also a great way for child-free people to hilariously remind themselves why they might not yet be ready for a little bundle of joy...)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun! April 28, 2014
Sometimes children get tired. Very tired. Generally speaking, several times a day. And when they do — since they aren’t that good at the whole speaking-English thing — they will probably cry. That’s pretty consistent throughout all child-dom. But the specific triggers for crying vary wildly from child-to-child, and even day-to-day.
If you’re curious about either (A) why children cry, or (B) if your child is the only one who cries over random things in life, then Reasons My Kid Is Crying is the book for you. Reasons my Son is Crying, gathers and documents photos and brief descriptions of the Random Crying Phenomenon worldwide. For instance, “He wanted me to put the crust back onto the toast,” or “His aunt wouldn’t let him play with this ax,” or the understandable, “We gathered around and yelled “Happy Birthday.’”
As it turns out, communicating in a new language, especially when you’re tired, can bring anyone to tears. If you know someone with toddler or tow, and a sense of humor, then you may want to help them avoid a few tears with their own copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious April 4, 2014
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A perfect book to leave on the coffee table to read at random. Each page made me smile and laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons I'm laughing April 1, 2014
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Not only are the pictures hilarious, but the reasons are equally funny. This is a great supplement to the daily posts for anyone who needs to laugh out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! April 30, 2014
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Hilarious! My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. And I could totally relate to so many of the reasons why the kid was crying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Love this book! Who hasn't had a child cry for no reason. And you can't make them stop. Well, here are the reasons and they are as off the wall as your child's reasons and that's why we all have to laugh about it instead of getting frustrated. Plus, you too can take a picture under similar circumstances and add it to the website. Share the love/frustration!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Keisha
5.0 out of 5 stars funny book!
Hilarious book! Great for baby showers.
Published 1 month ago by kdangeruss
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
I gave this as a gift to my 25 year-old daughter who is a single mom and she was laughing so hard just reading some when I gave it to her. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kae L. Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a hilarious compilation of pictures of kids having meltdowns over the strangest and funniest situations.
Published 3 months ago by Heather M. Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Would make a fun baby shower gift
I enjoyed flipping through the book about the preschool set and their reasons for the various epic meltdowns photographed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KatherineP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a small
A must have for anyone who wants a laugh and smile on their face. Pictures and short comments hit it out of the ballpark! Great for a small, inexpensive gift.
Published 3 months ago by CajunTune
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Amusing, and Relatable
About a year ago, I came across Greg Pembroke's blog ( and was hooked. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jansina
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Kid is Crying? Here's Why!
REASONS MY KID IS CRYING is a picture book with photos of crying children along with the funny reasons why there are tears flowing down their cheeks! Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Dobbs
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Published 4 months ago by Sean Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Relief for stressed parents
I gave this to my son who is a single father. At stressful times. it's good to bring out for a good laugh
Published 4 months ago by Kathie M.
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I'm a part time stay at home who accidentally started one of the most viral blogs of 2013, Reasons My Son Is Crying. People around the world started submitting pictures for my website and we decided to make it into a book celebrating the art, majesty, and hilarity of the toddler tantrum. Thanks for checking it out!

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