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"How did this get published? Someone please take this child to the park." (Dr. Harvey Karp, creator of the DVD/book, The Happiest Toddler on The Block)

"I laughed my face off." (Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened)

"Laugh out loud funny! Get this book NOW! It's a must for any and every parent!" (Jill Smokler, author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy)

About the Author

Bunmi Laditan is a regular contributor to Parenting.com, Mothering.com, iVillage.com, and The Huffington Post. She lives with her family outside of Montreal. The Honest Toddler is based on her youngest child. Not potty trained, not trying, HT enjoys attention, cake, television, running, and games.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476734771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476734774
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 24, 2013
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Lots of parenting humor books have an attitude or subtext that is off-putting. My husband is a lazy jerk; my wife is a dope; oh, poor me; I'm a hero; I'm a victim; and so on. Or, there are long stories about diapers or whatever that assume no one else has ever been a parent. That's not what is going on here at all. This is all about recognizing what your toddler does/did/will do from the skewed vantage point of an articulate and witty toddler.

Our author explains the actions and behavior of a toddler through a narrator who has the arch sensibility of a weary, deadpan, martini swilling, wit. If you could cross a toddler with Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Christopher Hitchens and P. G. Wodehouse, you would get something like this. And, I don't mean that as exaggerated praise - I mean that as a useful comparison. Much of the humor is aphoristic, with just a line or two crystallizing a humorous insight. Or, it presents a contrarian view of parent/child relations that sneaks up on you and is the funnier for it. Or, a certain world weariness creeps in as this exhausted toddler tries to help you understand toddlerdom even though he has no faith in your adult parenting intelligence, skills or aptitude.

There is a very generous sample on this page, and it will give you a good idea of what the entire book is like. Because the book is written in short, punchy mini-chapters, and because it is exclusively in the honest toddler's voice, it is more like a collection of columns or blog entries. That makes it ideal for a bit of brief light reading. I don't know if you could sit and read it like a novel. But that said, sometimes a light break is just what you want or need.

So, rewarding, amusing and virtually guaranteed to raise a smile. Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle samples. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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I've followed the Honest Toddler Facebook page for several months and always get a kick out of the status updates and posts. Only 10 pages into reading an advance copy of The Honest Toddler book and I was already cracking up. I'm sure my husband got sick of me sharing passage after passage with him - though he laughed every time!

Sleep: Weaning Yourself Off of It was probably my favorite section. I also loved the book, movie, music, and fairy tale reviews. So glad I'm not alone in my feelings toward the television series Caillou! I did experience a few lulls while reading the book - probably bound to happen with 256 pages of the same shtick - but they didn't last long. The Honest Toddler moves from topic to topic quickly, delivering a multitude of blunt opinions with sarcastic, sassy wit.

Yet even among the hilarity, I have to say, I had an "ouch" moment or two while reading this book. These moments gave me pause as I realized how some of the things I do might be coming across to my daughter. The Honest Toddler may be a tongue-in-cheek type of "parenting book," but I appreciated finding bits of wisdom all while laughing wholeheartedly.
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Laditan's tongue-in-cheek parenting guide had everyone in my house laughing - well, everyone except my toddler, who would probably agree with most of HT's suggestions. Seriously, I had to hide in the bathroom with my copy because my pre-teens kept stealing it from me to giggle over it themselves, so buy a lot of copies for everyone you know - you will need them.

While the writing is hilarious, it's also a great reminder of how difficult the adult world is for toddlers (and parents) to navigate. I find myself appreciating my child's view of things in a different and valuable way. Can't wait for the next book.
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Anyone with a 2-4 year old should read this book!!! I find myself laughing out loud constantly and I am trying to read it slowly because I don't want it to end... HILARIOUS and oh so honest:) and it lets me know that my toddler isn't crazy, he is just a toddler:)
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I love the HT Facebook updates. The little snippets make me giggle and the longer blogs are amusing when they come out occasionally. The book however is 18 chapters of the repeating theme of 'It's all about me' and "Don't make a big deal", which is repeated several times. I think in this large a chunk it loses some of its special appeal and humor. I am hoping it didn't ruin me on the blog/updates but I might be over it now. This book is only ok. Maybe it would be funnier as a gift to toddler parents who are NOT yet familiar with the online persona.
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I follow the Honest Toddler blog, so I had an idea what to expect from the book, but I was blown away. I'm not a parent, but have MANY small nieces and nephews and I found this book hilarious. I passed the book along to my sister who has a 3 year old and 2 year old twins and she found it just as funny as well. I read it in a night (I don't have kids yet, so I get to do these things still!) and I plan to read it again in the future when I have kids just to remind me what I've signed up for.
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The Honest Toddler is well known on Twitter for pulling no punches when it comes to surviving this famously challenging stage of childhood.

*Tonight's bedtime story was about three pigs struggling with repeat home invasions. Thanks for the new fear.*

Whether it's life tips for toddlers...

*"The truth will set you free." But so will taking off your pants.*

...or clueless adults...

*Date night tears families apart. Shout out to all the parents spending Saturday night at home with their toddlers.*

...the advice is clear, economical, and straight to the point. So if there's a toddler in your life, or you just harbor an irrational wish for one, you really ought to buy this book and begin to profit immediately from its timeless wisdom.

*Before I go into time out I just want to say that in the toddler community spitting is a perfctly valid form of conmunication.*
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