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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Coming this August: Even More Bad Parenting Advice by Guy Delisle!

In honour of this just-passed Father's Day, I'd like to share a lil' book we've got coming your way in August. It's Even More Bad Parenting Advice by Guy Delisle, and like his previous A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, it's a collection of funny vignettes about the joys and also the petty frustrations of raising a child that any parent (whether they'll admit it or not) can relate to.

Despite what the title Even More Bad Parenting Advice suggests, Guy is a good, caring father- he's just a bit of a kid himself. Guy works from home, and is very involved in his children's games. He's often shown trying to be the 'cool' dad- he helps his son memorize a poem at the last moment so that Mom isn't mad; he doodles in his daughter's notebook instead of paying attention at the parent-teacher interviews.

Sometimes his practical jokes are taken a step too far: maybe, meaning well, The Best Dad in the World will assuage his children's nightmares by telling them a real-life news story that's much more terrifying. 

And there are times when Guy is brutally honest- after his daughter finds him in his 'easy' hide-and-seek spot, he begins to defensively point out that hers was not much better. Other times, Guy makes up little white lies- he uses his 'tired' children as an excuse to leave a boring work party, even though they're wide awake and well-behaved.

But no matter the mishap, it's always apparent that Guy wants what's best for children (even if his 'accidentally' knocking into his daughter's bully is an unconventional way to prove it). His minimal, flowy cartooning make these light-hearted stories a pleasure to read, and they will resonate with anyone who's ever given a child a sarcastic answer. Look for Even More Bad Parenting Advice in stores August 26th (and meanwhile, call your parents! They'll be happy to hear from ya).


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