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1.0 out of 5 stars Assume you are an idiot, then build from there, June 22, 2008
This review is from: The Everything Father's First Year Book: A Survival Guide For The First 12 Months Of Being A Dad (Paperback)
Wow, I just couldnt belive my eyes when I opened this book. Quote from first page (Second of the top ten things every father should do) "Dont deliberately try to screw up all of the jobs you are given to do, just so you wont be asked again. It might get you out of doing more work, but it might get you out of a relationship with your family." It just gets worse from there. The first chapter is a proposition on changing your whole life, considering that you have been nothing but a dirt bag husband from the start. The chapters after that have decently easy explations in the basics of raising a baby, but the content is probably easily found through a brief check on the internet or a call to a friend or family member who has had a child. Further, the information is so vague that the explanations lack any useful content or simple sketches that could help you understand. An example would be that the author bullet points lists of presumably important information and then expects you to do further footwork to learn on your own. Maybe, this book is useful to those who lack the skills necessary to actually read a book with content, but in that case those people probably wont read through a book in the first place. The M.D. who writes this book may have some extensive knowledge on being a pediatrician, but far lacks insight in how to construct, organize, and write a book as well as completely lacking the social skills necessary to deliver that information without offending the readers.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2010, 9:05:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2010, 9:06:35 AM PDT
I'm inclined to agree. This book is "cute" and might be helpful for a "dude" who's mostly clueless.
If you have any ambition at fatherhood you probably already know most everything covered in this book, or would discover it using a more thorough and comprehensive resource; whether that be your wife/partner/baby-momma, obstetrician/pediatrician, classes, websites or almost any other book about the subject. "Baby 411", "The Father's Almanac" or "The Happiest Baby on the Block".

Posted on Dec 26, 2010, 6:29:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2010, 6:32:23 AM PST
Marcus says:
I wholeheartedly agree with the review here. I received this book as a gift and made it about 5 pages before asking "is this a joke?". I skimmed through the book, and sadly this was no joke. I am a soon to be first time dad, so I do not proclaim to be a "fatherly expert", but wow, this is as basic as it gets and is presently horribly.
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