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The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting Paperback – April 22, 2014
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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.
Top customer reviews
*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.*
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.
I think this book should be handed out in the hospital so new parents know what they have to look forward to. It was a quick read, and finding out how babies arrive is imaginative and hilarious. Did I mention hilarious? Any parent of children would love this.