Wednesday, 6 June 2012

One for the Dad's - Book Reviews

Quirk Publishing recently asked if I would be interested in reviewing two books for them, which I said I would happily do. Both books are aimed at Dads and seemed very interesting.

The first one is a great little information book on everything a dad needs to know about having kids. It is called 'Every Stuff a Dad Should Know' and is by Brett Cohen.

The book is split into different chapters starting with 'Baby Stuff', and I love the fact that the first section in this chapter is 'How to start saving for College'. It also gives basic information on how to change a nappy, how to burp a baby, introducing solid food and much more. The book follows the child from birth up to meeting your future in-laws!

Some of my favourite bits are 'How to rid a bedroom of monsters, the truths about cats and dogs, and what to do when your child gets their first parking ticket!
It is a lovely little book. It measures approximately 6 inches by 4 inches and would fit into a pocket! It is not the kind of book that you would read from cover to cover but one that you would delve into as and when you needed it! It is the kind of book that would sit next to your bed and you would flick through before going to sleep. I like the fact that it is small and the pages are quite thick so it would last a long time. I actually think this book would be perfect for a present for a first time dad. Everyone buys the new baby and the mother a gift but many dads are forgotten and I think this would prove to be a thoughtful gift!

The second book they sent me was 'The Art of Roughhousing' by Anthony DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen.

 You may ask what is roughhousing, well in our house it's called Rough and Tumble. (ie throwing the kids around). I guess we take this for granted, it is something we have always done with our boys. Their favourite at the moment is for daddy to pick them up by their wrist and ankle and swing them around in a circle. Some people are cautious about doing these sort of things but in our house we believe as long as they are safe then this is a way of interacting, building confidence and having fun during physical, active, play!  Quirk Publishing say that "The Art of Roughhousing teaches parents how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more. Drawing from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, and even animal behavior, the authors present fifty illustrated activities for children and parents to enjoy together – everything from the “Sumo Deadlift” to the “Rogue Dumbo.”
I guess seeing this book shocked me a bit, that there is a need for something like this to be written. A book that tells you what type of things you can do with your children and picture diagrams showing you how to do it!

But I guess there are many children out there who will never experience this type of interaction with their parents/caregivers.

The book is well laid out, and is again split into different sections. It starts off with basic play, things you probably do already without realising and then goes onto more difficult techniques, through sections on contact, flight, games, imagination and then 'extreme roughhousing'! Each activity has a difficulty rating and the age range of the child they are aimed at, along with some essential skills!
The book is very users friendly and gives you plenty of ideas to try out.
The boys have great fun doing this and at times we just need a bigger house, more space and more parents to swing them and throw them around!

Stuff Every Day Should Know is published by Quirk Publishing and retails at £4.63
The Art of Roughhousing is published by Quirk Publishing and retails at £7.01. Both are available from 
The Book Depository

1 comment:

  1. I'm fascinated by the Art of Roughhousing book!I suppose it might give you confidence to try out a few throwing about manouvers knowing that you were doing them safely, looks really fun!