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Dad's Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families
by Mike Adamickreviewed May 26th, 2013
This book has a great amount of projects you can do with your son or daughter. The author gives us projects ranging from making your own PlayDough to making your own See Saw !! So if you just want to spend a few minutes doing these, or a whole weekend, you will find your fix.
Your kids will be glad to help you with these projects (even the big, difficult ones). I agree with the author that sometimes you have to have confidence in your kids that they will work safe and that they are capable of assisting you. This is what makes this book a bit special. The author pushes you to invite your kids to do something together instead of just you making something and then giving it to your kids.
Although you can find lots of arts and crafts projects online these days, it is always nice to have a real book next to you while you're trying to make those eggshell cupcakes. I would recommend this book for every dad out there who is looking for inspiration. Especially with summer around the corner, this book makes a nice addition to the 'Parent-Library'.
Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan
reviewed on May 12th, 2013
Jim Gaffigan is known as a stand-up comedian. I started following him when I saw his "4 children" stand-up skit while just having become a dad myself. Since then he's had his 5th child. Now he's written a little book about raising 5 kids while living in a 2 bedroom appartment in New York.
The book is almost set up as a blog with small chapters dealing with the difficulties of raising a large family. He incorporates some parts of his stand-up in this book. As a result it's a funny mix of parental advice and observational comedy. The book made me chuckle and laugh a few times. As a father it is very recognizable. Although pretty obvious from early on in the book, you find out that his wife Jeannie and him are Attached Parents. I enjoyed reading his book and I think it might be a great father's Day present.