I have one boy. He’s seven and a half. In the space of those years, he has definitely managed to keep life interesting, although I do believe I can say I’m lucky, as he hasn’t been a precocious child who managed to get into all manner of trouble. Nor has he been extraordinarily destructive. However, I’ve seen enough pictures (hello world wide web haha!) of some other “not-so-lucky” parents on that front!
Needless to say, I was definitely up for a look at “Why Boys Need Parents” By Alex Beckerman. This book comes with the cutest introduction! For example, “The invention of the fire occurred with Ogg Jr. decided to see what happens when you rub rocks together near the sulfur pit. Fire was born. This led immediately to the invention of the time-out.” Haha! We are reminded that as crazy as boys can be, life would be boring without them – but you can hope that your grandchildren are girls!
The rest of the book is sparse on words, but full of pictures! I love how loads of the pictures have been edited, to include extra words, or drawings over top of the pictures to add extra hilarity. For example, the one entitled “Because chocolate syrup is not a pizza group,” showing a boy drinkin’ it back straight from the bottle! Beside it is the new food pyramid! It starts with “gummi things and food in cans/on sticks” at the bottom and only the tiny triangle at the top is for “healthy stuff.” That’s about right, isn’t it?! There’s the great picture of the boy with his tongue stuck to a metal pole with the caption “Because this happens.” These pictures all make you chuckle, shake your head, or sigh in remembrance! I even had a laugh over the book leaves – socks and underwear, folks, we all know how boys can be about them!
Now, while this author is doing his best to raise a boy, at the back of the book there is a list of image credits. Alex has done a fine job of taking the crazy photos from many other parents (including a few from *quite* a few years ago) and turning them into a fun little coffee table book for parents to get a chuckle from! Please, though, keep it away from your children, especially your boys! I’m sure they don’t need any other, ahem, ideas!
Thanks again to Raincoast for sharing this great little book with me! If you’d like a copy of your own, pop into your local bookstore. Or order one up at Amazon or Chapters. In any case, have a good laugh and remind yourself that some day that little boy will be a Dad and he’ll be the one sighing at the antics of his son!