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How it Works: The Husband (Ladybirds for Grown-Ups) Hardcover – International Edition, June 28, 2016
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Joel Morris is the co-writer of The Framley Examiner and the best-selling Bollocks to Alton Towers. Along with Jason Hazeley, he has written for a frankly stupid number of radio and TV comedy shows including Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe. He divides his time between London and the pub.
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The history here is fascinating. Ladybird Book's publisher was founded in England in 1867; they began publishing children's books as Ladybird books in 1914, and achieved remarkable success. In 2015 Ladybird began to publish "Ladybird Books for Grownups", which are parodies of the children's books that follow the style, artwork and layout of the children's books but address such topics as hangovers, mindfulness, dating, and the like. The "Fireside Grown-Up Guides" are now being published in the U.S. by Simon & Schuster, and are fairly faithful adaptions, (e.g. the book of "Mum" is now the book of "Mom", and so on), that are quite amusing even if you aren't familiar with the Ladybird style they parody.
Either way you can find them, as Ladybirds or as Fireside Grown-Up Guides, these books are a hoot. My first book was the Guide to "the Mom", and it was clever, edgy, funny, and just a bit pointed. Other Guides I've seen are a little broader in their approach, but still tip a few sacred cows. This one addresses Husbands, and struck me as about half predictable and half oddly insightful. These authors, (who are television comedy writers in their slightly more "real" lives), have mastered the exaggerated-but-true approach to humor, and their pithy little observations about that fellow snoring on the couch are likely to raise a smile.
So, a cheerful bit of parody fun and a nice find. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)