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Dad Rules Hardcover – 29 May 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree; 1st edition (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905490305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905490301
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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If you only read the first line of reviews (like I do usually!) then please buy this book - you will LOVE it.
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.....
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Loved this book.
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.
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One of the funniest, most truthful pieces I ever read was an Andrew Clover Sunday Times column about the sport of Baby Dump - about how parents dump the baby on each other. So I bought Dad Rules for my husband as a Father's Day present. He's a very slow reader. I thought he'd like a series of funny stories, that he could dip into every night. Once he'd started, I figured I could borrow the book back and read it myself. My first surprise was that he read it in one sitting. The second was that he became convulsed with laughter, which I've never seen before. The third was that he cried, twice. The fourth was that he told me he loved me - which he never normally does. The fifth was that he suggested we had more children - which is unthinkable. So then I read the book myself. My first surprise was that the book didn't read like a collection of short funny stories. It's got a speedy narrative to it, and has also got some very charming cartoons. My second surprise was realising how brilliantly clever it is. Every chapter gives you a different Dad Rule: they tell you something Clover has learned, about how to be happy. As you read the book, you feel you're changing with him, becoming wiser, and happier, and more loving. I've now bought five more copies. I'm going to give them to any parent who's recently had a child, and to any men who are scared of having children (I know several), and to anyone who would like to have a laugh. My third surprise, which I only realised a week or so later, was that Dad Rules doesn't contain the Baby Dump piece. I'm hoping Clover is saving it for a sequal. I hope he's getting on with it. I want it as soon as possible.
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As anyone who has become a parent recently will know there are a plethora of books available to help you get through those first few weeks, months, years. The sheer volume of titles is in itself unhelpful before we even start to consider how contradictory they all are. Driven through desperation to actually consult the health service with a question you will usually be greeted by the stock reply: 'Well, every baby is different' ('Yes, but is its vomit supposed to be green or do we have an exorcist-style situation going on here?').

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.
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As a proud and devoted father of three wonderful children IMHO (....read the book and you'll understand the brackets!) this outstanding book validated what I found in my own journey, giving it a perspective and structure for the first time.

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!!!
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