Dad Rules Hardcover – 29 May 2008
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I love, love, LOVED this book . . . you will laugh out loud even if you don't have children of your own . . . gives traditional "parenting" books the finger . . . an outrageous and irreverent adventure (News of the World )
Engaging, endlessly warm and frequently hilarious dispatches from the parental frontline (Observer )
A hilarious and heart-warming insight into the way men think (OK! )
A must for new dads (Glamour )
A fine, witty and unexpectedly moving memoir about fatherhood (Metro )
He's the Hunter S. Thompson of parenting. In other words, he gets it about right (Rachel Johnson )
Erudite, beautifully observed, and really rather touching. Just buy the book (Scotsman ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
This book is about the rules my daughters have taught me. Some of them are merely silly...When a train goes by, you must wave. When you've reached the bottom step, you must jump. When you're lucky enough to find a bathroom light with a string, you must pull that string, two or three hundred times. But some of them are more profound...Take your time. Rip up the schedule. If you really want to enjoy a day, it's best to paint your face like a tiger.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Andrew CLover writes the weekly column in the Sunday Times Style magazine - that makes me laugh out loud. That's why I bought the book.
It's arrival was perfect timing (i think!). It arrived on the same day that my partner and I found out that we are expecting our first child. I then spent the rest of the day in a state of mild panic, nausea and hungover (didnt realise i was pregnant when drinking cocktails the night before). I think that the author would not be too disapproving.....
I think that the book is written for anyone with a slightly wicked sense of humour. I love the emotional part "saying the word sorry is like getting out kicthen roll". And the absolute honesty that not everything will be perfect. 1). I am more likely to be a slummy mummy, rather than yummy mummy. 2). That parenthood will stretch our every patience and skill, that we should rememeber to have fun with our child, that is what why we have them.
Buy the book ...... my sales pitch is over. Wish me luck.....
Not only did it make me laugh out loud, a lot, but also reminded me about the truths of good parenting - to be happy (...have faith that...in the long run...your kids will learn from how you behave, rather than how you tell them to behave) and spend time 'doing nothing' with your kids. Even my husband put aside his books on Globalisation and Economics to read it from cover to cover, laughing all the while.
Driven by a similar regard for the 200-plus page tomes he saw, Andrew Colver decided to write this book (you may have come across his musings in the Sunday Times Style magazine in the Dad Rules column) which he begins by condensing his parenting experience into three sentences
1. Don't be reading two-hundred page books. Try to sleep.
2. Don't let them suck too long, or mum's nip will really hurt.
3. Get out of the way when they puke.
That gives you a pretty good idea of the tone. Clover is a comedian and actor, so the book is filled with great one-liners. There have been plenty of jokes made about the emotional state of a woman in labour but nobody has put it quite so well as he does: 'You don't mess with a woman in labour. Even if she decides she wants to eat the baby, I'll back her up.'
He doesn't do much to dispel the myth that men are just big boys until they're forced to grow up by a woman (and even then they're just pretending to be grown up) but his innocence/ignorance makes him an entertaining guide into the world of parenting. What he really discovers is how to be happy.Read more ›
The rules are told with razor sharp wit and self deprecating humour (which I absolutely adored, probably because I identified with it so much). It also provides a candid appreciation of how relationships change when you have a family - all told with a stark and telling honesty.
I don't think I've ever read a book where the author is so obviously self aware and comfortable with what he or she finds.
Read this book, as the title of my review says; I cried, laughed and reflected on how important my three kids are to me. It allowed me to validate these feelings in a context and totality I'd never enjoyed or experienced before.
The hard part is now putting it into practice........perhaps a sequel will be needed. Come on Andrew!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very easy to read and very funny (especially the first few chapters)
You need to read this to find out for yourself! :-)
I bought this for my husband for Father's Day soon after we found out we were expecting our first child. He absolutely loved it! It's a hilarious look at fatherhood. Read morePublished on 20 July 2010 by Kirstin
Got this as a Father's Day present and was really looking forward to reading it as I could do with some morale support as a father (only father's will understand how marriage is... Read morePublished on 6 July 2010 by R
I bought it to persuade my husband... no news from him yet, but I thought this book was brilliant - funny, truthful, and yet, very pro-childrenPublished on 26 April 2010 by A. Denza
I stupidly bought 'Bloke's guide to pregnancy' thinking it would soothe my fears of the imminent arrival of my first child. It didn't, it's rubbish. Read morePublished on 11 April 2010 by Tom Oldham
I was bought this book as a father's day present and left it in my reading pile for months, thinking it would be a lighweight, unfunny "humourous" book about parenthood. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2009 by John Tierney
Well we bought this book a month ago and both my husband and I found it highly amusing, then went to see Andrew at the theatre last night - I have not laughed so much in my life!! Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2009 by Sezzy
Whether you have children or not you will adore this book. Andrew Clover's genius soars out from every page. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2008 by Suzi