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Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures

Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures - Amber Dusick Some cartoonists, such as Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), modestly insist they can't draw at all. Others -- and I'm thinking here of Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half) and the guy who came up with XKCD -- just quietly run with the fact that so far as comic art is concerned, they're really good writers.

And then there's Amber Dusick. She can't draw. At ALL. And she's a strong believer in truth in advertising. Hence her blog, which can be found at crappypictures.com, and her new book, Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.

Other than the crappy art, this is pretty much just another funny book about how hard it is to be a mom. If you already know this and you suffer from a surfeit of crappy drawings, you can skip reading this.

If you're young and anxious and need some confirmation from a sympathetic source that yes, this gig is a PITA, grab this book. Every mother should be told that "Sleep when the baby sleeps" is the lamest advice ever (it doesn't work with the first baby because you're too busy marveling over the fact that you have a baby, and it doesn't work with successive babies because you now have other kids, who are NOT sleeping when the baby sleeps). And no, you're not the only mother who doesn't get as much sleep as you should because once the kids are in bed, holy crap! The kids are down! You're up! You can actually do something by yourself!

Dusick mostly tells readers stuff like this, in pretty much so many words. Every once in a while, her writing nudges into comic brilliance with lines like "Changing a diaper in an airplane bathroom is like changing a diaper inside an empty refrigerator that a drunk person is pushing around on a dolly." And the art itself is occasionally hilarious, such as her drawing of the dashboard of a faulty rental car (it's all in red, and right above the speedometer are the words "WARNING! This car is going to self-destruct!").

This book would make an excellent gift for someone who just had her first child. It's funny, it's light enough to hold while she's feeding the baby, and it won't strain her powers of concentration, which will be shot for the next few years.