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Savvy Stories is a first time Dad’s voyage of discover with his new baby daughter. Everything is new, unique and pleasurable and Dan takes great joy in watching his daughter lying, rolling, crawling and walking through life. Dan shares some of the hard times of parenting, especially when his new baby is found to have a heart condition that causes great anxiety and alarm. She overcomes this obstacle though and together, Savvy and her parents set off on the incredible journey that is parenting.
Dan has a wonderful way of making the whole experience of bringing a new baby home [and being kept up a good deal of the night for, what feels like, forever] seem quite bearable and certainly highlights the fact that, however hard it may seem, this small baby stage passes very quickly, never to be repeated with this child, even if you have others in the future.
I really laughed at Dan’s descriptions about posting every move his daughter made on Facebook, it made me think of a few of the new parents that I know. I must say that everybody loves a baby and it is a joy to see all these delightful photographs on Facebook and watch a baby’s progress. First smile, first tooth, first step, all of these magical moments, and many others, are described in Dan’s really amusing way.
A thoroughly enjoyable and humorous book and one that I think all new parents should read so that they can really appreciate the miracle that is a child.
I rated this book five stars out of five.
Beware! There is a problem with reading Dan Alatorre's book - Savvy Stories Series: They are addicting. Few writers today have that keen gift for fining the humor in challenging situations and Dan has a secure place at the top of the heap for comedic writing. He knows how youngsters think, and better ye he knows how to appreciate their joyful outlook ...and wisdom.
For those who have enjoyed Dan’s other books (THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A QUICK TRIP TO BUYMART, THE TERRIBLE TWOS Volume 2 of Savvy Stories, SANTA MAYBE?, be aware that this is volume 1 of his Savvy Stories. Not that it makes a difference in the order in which you read them, it is juts that as we travel through Dan’s father experiences he just gets funnier – and wiser. The span in this book is the birth of Savvy into the second year. But perhaps a chapter listing is a better guide: Savvy Is Born, A Week In The NICU, First Months: How I Messed Up The Baptism, And Then Some, Later Months: Learning That All Baby Food Tastes Like Crap, The Krinkly Book And The Straight Jacket, The Baby Powder Snowscape And The Lion Blanket, Happy First Birthday Savannah, Adventures From The Second Year, When Do We Stop Counting Her Age In MONTHS?, and When You’re A Kid. That is a fairly solid tour guide, but the joy in reading Dan is the warmly hilariously yet tender manner in which he discusses the ‘nuances’ of new fatherhood.
A little for example section sucks you in: ‘Imagine a hospital room where a woman is about to give birth: nurses are hurriedly coming and going, machines are going beep, beep, beep, a doctor checks the dilation; and over in the corner some idiot is posting about it on Facebook like he is doing a play-by-play. That idiot would be me. The soon-to-be, first-time Dad. Posting on Facebook from the delivery room? Hey, there wasn’t much else for me to be doing at the time, and we had created quite a Facebook following – accidentally – about this oncoming birth. And the little baby girl that was about to arrive was going to change my life in so many ways, but I just had no idea at the time. No idea. What first time dad does?’
You gotta love this guy! Read and guffaw and tear up a little if your kids are past this stage. Grady Harp, August 16
There are some funny moments, but oddly enough, the one laugh-out-loud story had nothing to do with Savvy but was about a snake. It was so funny (and relatable- I would have reacted exactly as the author's wife did), that I read it out loud to my family! They laughed too!
Much of the book reads like a father keeping a diary so as not to forget this special time as a new dad, and as such, parts are a bit choppy. I do think the author's own family will get the most out of it, but it's a fun read for any parent. I also found the author to be very likable in both the way he writes and in the personality he displays throughout each story.
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