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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.
Savvy Stories: Funny Things I Learned From My Daughter by Dan Alatorre
First I must say that it's been quite some time since I've read a book that can hit the spot and find it's mark, then latches onto your mind the way that Savvy Stories: Funny things I learned from my daughter attacked and latched on to my 'Funny Bone'. I found this to be quite refreshing to read/hear and all being told from a males' perspective...especialy one that was so spot on at documenting and pointing out first hand...such accuracy and attention to detail of his daughter's first moments...even through her presious (terrible two's stage). Most ( first time dad's)...or rather ( 'new' father's) don't normaly have a (moment by moment) interest in their newborns' life to a point of recording...and documenting... most are at that stage scared that they will drop or break their little one...(figure of speech)! They normally are not interested in every detail imagineable, but to actually go the distance with the whole process from birth and beyond with an occassional bout with sleeplessness and fatique...the joys of raising children for those of us whose been there provides you with.... I find quite commendable in him. These stories are absolutely on the reminisible ...I remember when scale for me. They are so vivid to the imagination and so relivable especially now when reflecting takes me back nearly 30 years ago.
My Rating Scale
1 star - for interest peak...now you've got me...but can you keep me
2 stars - author tells a story that flows...it's either good or not so good
3 stars - author makes you ask questions, questions and more questions...but doesn't stop
4 stars - story has the element of surprise or suspense...
5 stars - now what... a conclusions is reached or anticipation follows
I gave Savvy Stories: Funny things I learned from my daughter 5+1 Stars out of 5...the 1 for remembering the things that little Savvy says at 20 months old and then later at 2 when Grandpa pays a visit.
From the moment Dan presented his 'Breaking News from the hospital Delivery Segment' of the birth of little Savannah (Savvy), I just knew that this guy was definitely headed on his way to the dog house...Who actually records and social blabs this sort of thing...especially the way he did...??
I kept sayin within the first five chapters...Yep...any minute now Michelle is gonna read him the riot act...the nerve of this guy...her guy...recording and posting the whole sha-bang for all to see...
Yep dog house indeed...but that wasn't the case. Geesh...talk about an understanding woman...
So I kept thinking while reading...but notta!
As I continued to laugh I remembered at the beginning reading that this guy wrote cartoons as a kid, so quite naturally his sense of humor was...and had been warped and doomed from the start.
There are so many moments that made me laugh and display other emotions that I was able to read this book in one sitting...And Un-interrupted...which within itself is rare for me.
The stuff inside...well let me just say, there's absolutely no way a person could sit and make this sort of stuff up...it takes the heart of a child to make us stand to our feet... bring us to our knees...and then make us stand and leap for joy...sometimes all within minutes of each other.
I don't care how much advice you receive from others...these are things that no one male or female couple could ever prepare for. These are definitely the "You Must Experience These Things For Yourself" that you have togo through in order to get the Full experience.
Inside you'll read and laugh at things that I consider to be perks that come with parenting...the old Learn as you go method or guide. No wonder he recorded everything...
Little Savvy and Dan will take you on a journey where you'll get a one-on-one lesson in playing dress up...and even a lesson on the things a two year old can do with a toothbrush...Remembering also that this first time going around the block for this mom and dad just happened to take place while other couples their age had already made it pass the whole 9 yards of "Baby on Board'... some 18-20 years prior.
However, I did find it heart-warming to learn that once they made the announcement that Little Savannah would make her debut within 9 months...how receptive and supportive friends and family were to hear the news. And even still as I continued to read I kept right on laughing...and thinking that this guy had learned his lesson...he breaks out with more social media antics and quick & qwerky anecdotes about his family and daughters life.
I just about died when he talked about receiving instructions on things to do to help him conceive, then...the stunt with the car seat, his facial expression from seeing his precious Savvy for the first time, how he encountered stage-fright from a mere lullaby...to more important things like teething, baby talk AND... in a blink of an eye...how fast they... well in this case...Lil Savvy grow...to all of the wonderful first things first.. that all baby's do.
Oh and for the record...Icks-nay with the whole snake thing(I don't do snakes')...armadillo's and other visitors from 'Wild Kingdom' that are hilariously mentioned along the read.
You can read and learn more about Dan Alatorre here on amazon.com. Or on Facebook at Savvy Stories by Dan Alatorre
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