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How it Works: The Mum by Jason Hazeley
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Not much reading material here, as you might expect, but the snippets of text are all very witty. Good illustrations, too. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Mar 26, 2017 |
While I don’t usually review such short books, I like this so much that I wanted to add my recommendation to the many other reviews.

This is part of the new series of Ladybird book ‘for grown-ups’. With illustrations reminiscent of the 1960s style, it's an amusing look, in the style of the children's classic books, into the life of a young mother. Having said that, if you didn't come across the books as a child, or if you don’t get satire or British humour, then this probably isn’t for you.

It’s also probably not for you if you’re not a mother, or indeed if you’re a new mother who is in the middle of struggling with broken nights, and explosive nappies, and all the other stressful features of having a baby or an exhausting toddler.

But for those of us with older or adult children, and who ‘get’ this style, it’s really very funny in places. Not every page will apply to every mother, but most of the principles hold true, and there’s a great deal left unsaid which makes it all the more amusing. ( )
1 vote SueinCyprus | Jan 17, 2017 |
Plus ca change…

The Fireside Grown Up Guide to the Mom is a delightful admixture of early 1960s art and 2016 situations. There are references to ipads, but the paintings are of Telefunken radios. On every page there is a knowing laugh to be had, as kids and parenting really haven’t changed as much, despite technology, and presuming we have learned anything at all from our own parents. Hazely and Morris (and their cast of artists) score point after point with pinpoint accuracy.

My favorite: The mom does not like hearing her own voice. That is because it does not sound like her voice anymore. It sounds like her mom’s.

Do you laugh – or do you cry?

David Wineberg ( )
1 vote DavidWineberg | Aug 31, 2016 |
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The authors would like to record their gratitude and offer their apologies to the many Ladybird artists who luminous work formed the glorious wallpaper of countless childhoods. Revisiting it for this book as grown-ups has been a privilege.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0718184211, Hardcover)

From bestselling authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris - a nugget of wisdom in the phenomenal Ladybirds for Grown Ups series. This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text. Also available: How it Works: The Husband How it Works: The Wife How it Works: The Mum The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis The Ladybird Book of the Hangover The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness The Ladybird Book of the Shed The Ladybird Book of Dating The Ladybird Book of the Hipster

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From bestselling authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris - a nugget of wisdom in the phenomenal Ladybirds for Grown Ups series. This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text. Also available- How it Works- The Husband How it Works- The Wife How it Works- The Mum The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis The Ladybird Book of the Hangover The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness The Ladybird Book of the Shed The Ladybird Book of Dating The Ladybird Book of the Hipster %%%This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. The subject of the book will greatly appeal to grown-ups.… (more)

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