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They've Taken Me Hostage! Reflections of a Stay-at-Home Dad [Kindle Edition]

Mike Kehoe
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Come experience, the joys, frustrations, and laughs (especially the laughts) of a stay-at-home dad who is desperately trying to stay one step ahead of his five-year old daughter and his four-year old son. Written in a diary format over a year and a half period, this is one family experience that anyone who has ever been a parent would love to be a part of. Reminiscent of "Marley and Me", only with children and without the sad ending.

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About the Author

Mike Kehoe is a first time author who lives with his wife and two children in a suburb of Chicago. He works part time as a substitute teacher while fulfilling his duties as a stay-at-home dad. He hopes to one day write a novel, but in the mean-time, his main goal is to somehow, someway, stay one step ahead of his kids.

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  • File Size: 2643 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615564526
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EE4CHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and real April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've only read a sample of this book so far. It was hilarious. This dad is really present with his children. I admire any man that dedicates that necessary time for his children. There were times that I completely forgot that he was a MAN! He sounded just like a woman (mother). My favorite entry so far is where he was just worn out and he wanted some "me" time. The man just wanted some CSI! He told his wife that he didn't care if the kids were smoking Marlboros in the basement that he just wanted to watch the show!!! I laughed out loud. I can soooooo relate to this! Of course, he doesn't really mean this, but it is just so funny to picture this scenario.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious March 11, 2012
By I.K.
Easy to read; short story format! Real life situations that many parents can relate to. Whether your children are young or old it is always funny when the children are not your own! Great to see an "older" Dad getting involved and enjoying his children so much!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but I was surprised by the language September 5, 2012
By Bmat
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I stopped reading about half way through because the language got more and more peppered. The first couple times there were cuss words I was surprised that the author would include such language in a book that dealt so much with children, and as I read on, the words became more and more evident. I would think that the author could express himself well without using salty language. I did not notice the language being used toward the children; it was used during the author's ruminations and explanations to the reader. As enjoyable as the book is, with the really creative and funny exploits of the children, and the dad's gleeful reaction to many of them, the language seemed out of place and unnecessary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! March 12, 2012
By Sharon
Format:Kindle Edition
Love, love this book!

It is funny, refreshing and so real - a must buy for any "stay at home" dad, or mom for that matter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.... December 15, 2013
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I read this a few months ago, or I should say I read about 2/3 of it and then deleted it from Kindle. It got boring. How many times can a parent tell the same thing about their children without it being boring. Wait, each story was different but it was the same theme: "They're driving me crazy, but aren't they cute, smart and adorable," as the little boy climbs the wall. I didn't think the kids were wonderful, but I'm not critiquing the children. I'm writing about the book. It could have been half as long and I still would have thought dad was way too much into himself and not enough into teaching his children how to act like civilized human beings. If he was trying to garner sympathy, he doesn't get it from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful December 12, 2013
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It's very rare that I laugh so hard that coffee sprays, this look at the joys and pains of children, families, and life is a winner. Kudos, Mr Kehoe, you nailed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute book, but beware spelling/grammar errors! March 5, 2013
By Lane
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This was a cute book, with some cute antics and pictures of the author's children, though I'm not sure I would necessarily recommend it to anyone.

The biggest impression that stayed with me was that the book had spelling and grammar errors throughout it. I was honestly surprised when the author mentioned at one point that he had had an editor review it, because the book definitely had some common errors in it that an editor should have caught.

Still, the kids were cute (and exhausting-sounding!) and it was nice to get a glimpse into a stay-at-home dad world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the life of a stay at home Dad January 3, 2013
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Having been a stay at home Mum for 9 years, and now running a Dads only playgroup, I was interested to learn of this Dads interests, concerns..and it was great to see his fun sense of humour shining through in his interactions with the kids, because little kids are often really funny!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great little book! Written in journal form, you can literally pick any page and read a passage and thoroughly enjoy it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by jaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
I loved this book. So many times I could relate to what he had written that day. This is a book I recommend to everyone who has kids. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kristen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is truly a touching yet very funny book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to everyone looking for a great book to enjoy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cindy Caulfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike tells it like it is
This "blog" book was so entertaining. Mike's experiences took me back to when my sons were younger, the frustrations, the unconditional love we shared, and the antics that were... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gaia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is funny, well written, and the format is perfect for busy life. you can read and get a laugh out of the short chapters when you have a free minute. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ann Hennig
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I love this book. It is hilarious. I cannot believe that the antics by these children are humanly possible. Read more
Published 23 months ago by michael g. brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book for any Age!!
This book has it all! With Michaels unique perspective of a stay at home dad you can't help laugh and fall in love with Kaylee and Aiden. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Greensong
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!!!!!!
I laughed out loud through the whole book! Mike is hilarious! With 3 kids of my own I can totally relate. I just love how he talks about his wife, it's so endearing. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by KK
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