Monday, January 11, 2016

The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting - Guy Delisle

Title: The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting
Author: Guy Delisle
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly, 2015 (Paperback)
Length: 192 pages
Genre: Adult; Graphic novel, Parenting
Started: January 11, 2016
Finished: January 11, 2016

From the back cover:

Guy Delisle knows knows all the worst parenting techniques. Slipping grammar lessons into bedtime stories, picking a favourite child, and experimenting with explosives: it's all in a day's work for Guy Delisle. In The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting, Delisle (author of Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, and A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting) pays tribute to all the ways parents can drive their kids crazy, and vice versa, making it the perfect antidote to frustrating car rides filled with "Are we there yet?" and epic battles over homework.

I love parenting books, and I devoured this one since it's a graphic novel as well.

This book is a series of comics drawn in a simple style of two images per page (not a traditional multi-panel type of cmic) about the author's adventures in parenting his two young children. The different scenarios are all pretty laughable, but more about the sarcasm and jaded attitude the dad has in front of his children. One of my favourites was one where walking his daughter to school turns into a "life sucks and then you die" discussion and then he happily drops his daughter off as if the whole prior conversation never took place. Another is where he treats video games like homework and forces his son to play them when he would rather read in an effort to purposely make him hate video games. Here's an example of the art style from the comic where his daughter asks him who his favourite child is:

Very funny parenting moments, especially if you have a jaded or sarcastic sense of humour. 

Thoughts on the cover:
Simple, but very fitting. 

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