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"The drawings aren't very good, Mama." Crappy Boy, age 5 Of course you love being a parent. But sometimes, it just sucks. I know. I'm Amber Dusick and I started my blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures because I needed a place to vent about the funny (and frustrating) day-to-day things that happened to me as a parent. Turns out, poop is hilarious! At least when you're not the one wiping it up. This book won't make your frustrating moments any less crappy. But these stories about my Crappy Baby, Crappy Boy and my husband, Crappy Papa, will hopefully make you laugh. Because you're not alone. And sometimes the crappiest moments make the best memories. Parenting is wonderful! And also, well, you know. "
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Amber Dusick was a sleep-deprived mother of two when she sat down to write her first blog post at Her pictures were admittedly crappy, but her hilarious take on parenting made the site an overnight success. She lives in Los Angeles with her not-at-all-crappy husband, two sons and two black cats. She also has a fish but usually leaves him out of bios.


Amber Dusick has transformed the truest, grittiest, and most cringe-inducing trials of parenting into something incredibly hysterical, poignant and meaningful. --Mayim Bialik, author of Beyond the Sling, actress Big Bang Theory "The drawings aren't very good, Mama." -- Crappy Boy, age 5 "If you are a parent, or even just have or know a parent, you will love this book. It's seriously impossible NOT to. I dare you to try."--Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy

Dusick, Parents magazine's 2011 "Funniest Mom Blog" winner, offers a book-length take on the same, exploring the exasperating moments of life with small children (poop, lack of sleep, messes, etc.), accompanied with "crappy" illustrations, which absolutely take the cake. The entries are one to two pages in length each, with minimal text, and the point of view changes between adult and child, making for some ticklish insights. Her characters are neckless and handless stick figures with eye "domes" instead of eyeballs, yet the package is richly developed, and the narrative is minimalist humor at its best (e.g., "He has no concept of being quiet while people are sleeping, so he barges in loudly asking for random shit"). VERDICT There is no shortage of mommy blogs that are turned into books, but Dusick's is terribly funny. It joins the ranks of other raunchy parenting titles, such as Go the F*ck to Sleep (2011) and-my favorite-When Parents Text (2011). Libraries without fat wallets will be hard pressed to justify this, but crappy parents everywhere will love it. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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