Book Review: Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

I don’t know if people without children can relate to potty humor, but apparently for those of us who do, it has a timeless appeal. Though my own children are now in their 30s, Dusick’s descriptions of parenting small children in Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures bring back vivid memories of many a trip: to the doctor, to the grocery store, to a vacation destination, to the toilet. Some readers may cringe each time she refers to her children as “crappy boy” and “crappy baby.” But this book is funny, and true, and it will make you laugh out loud. The “crappy illustrations” make this a Diary of a Wimpy Kid on steroids—lots of stick-figure illustrations with bodily functions in colors, such as #23 of the “Fifty Crappy Laws of Parenting” chapter: projectile vomiting is real. This book can be read in about an hour, making it the perfect Mothers’ (or Fathers’) Day Gift for any harried parent of young children.

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