Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sorry I Peed on You (and Other Heartwarming Letters to Mommy)

Jeremy Greenberg

MSN's resident parenting blogger Jeremy Greenberg, who also travels the world performing stand-up comedy, combines cute, informative letters from 50 precocious toddlers with accompanying full-color photographs inside Sorry I Peed on You (and Other Heartwarming Letters to Mommy).

Wouldn't you love to know what your toddler's thinking when he refuses to stop jumping on the couch? Jeremy Greenberg's hilarious and thoughtful letters give parents a glimpse into the minds of their little ones. Finally, we can hear "first person" how a kid really isn't fooled by broccoli buried in cheese, how he'd really appreciate it if he could start going down the slide by himself, or how he'd like to apologize for peeing on you during the two seconds it took for you to reach for a fresh diaper.

From Daddy's latest four-letter vocab lessons to the dog's (not the toddler's) repeated milk dribbles on the carpet, this hilarious book answers a question every mother of a toddler wants to know: What in the world are they thinking?!

My Take:

As the mother of a particularly hilarious and precocious little three year old, I can say that I completely related to this book and found it hilarious!  That being said, you don't have to have a toddler to get giggle from this book.  If you have ever had any interaction with a toddler, you know how frustrating they can be, and this book helps make light of all those frustrations.  I loved the voice the author gave to the children, here is one excerpt I found quite amusing:
Why is it that you won’t let the dog lick my face clean of the frosting, but when you can’t find a washcloth, you’ll lick your hand and wash me like a cat?  Personally, I think I look very cute covered in cupcake.  And it’s not that I have anything against your saliva.  As mommies go, I’m sure you’ve got some of the best saliva around.  I’m sure your spit is the envy of the moms’ club, and Windex keeps calling to see in they can tap your saliva glands and make the first-ever bottled toddler-face cleaner.
I think we've all dealt with a kid who won't eat their veggies, won't stop jumping on the couch and won't keep their hat on, etc.  Don't you wish you could get inside their head and find out why they object so vehemently?  Well...
I understand that I’ve got amazing, baby-soft skin.  But if the price of this skin is wearing THIS hat, I’d rather look like Nana’s neck.  And the hat’s so itchy, Mommy.  Was it made from poison oak?  Why does it say “lifeguard"?  I haven’t even taken swimming lessons.  Do you have to get ALL my clothes from garage sales?  Daddy’s hats are awesome and say things like “I”m with Stupid” or “Free Breast Exams.”  Can I also offer free breast exams or be with stupid?
 I am a passionate subscriber to the belief that if you don't laugh, you'll cry.  Since every parent out there has probably shed a few tears in aggravation, next time you find yourself in such a situation read this book and save your tear ducts the extra work. 1 Pay Full Price

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel.

This was a tough book to rate, everything is pretty much rated G except for one letter when the kid hears his dad say the "S-Word" and repeats it many times in the letter, which I guess makes the overall rating more like PG-13.

***FTC Disclosure: This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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monique said...

This looks like a book I need to read. I am following you through GFC and rss feed, came over from blog moms. :)

michael draper said...

I think you're right on and I enjoy your blog.
Mike Draper

Kim said...

Im going to have to check this one out!!

Aly said...

Aww this one looks so good! I think I might have to read this one. I really appreciate you posting ratings on books like that, it gives a more accurate idea of what is in the book as far as content. Thanks so much!
See you on Bloggy Moms! :)


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