Stark Raving Dad is a new book from Running Press aimed at frazzled parents who are still able to laugh through their pain. From pondering the myriad of diaper choices in the baby aisle to getting spewed with bodily fluids, author Sanderson Dean captures the angst of parenthood all in comedic verse and accompanies it with original art drawn by his children.
I was impressed at the sheer volume of poems in the book. At 127 pages, this was a leap from the usual 25 page children’s books I’m sent to review. But this one is definitely not aimed at the kids, who probably wouldn’t see the humor in the evils of broccoli, dirty socks or dropping the kid off at daycare with a loaded diaper. It speaks to us, the parents who have all been there.
The poems cover a wide variety of parenting topics and they don’t really follow a specific pattern. Some rhyme and some are more free-form. I’m hoping Mr. Dean doesn’t take this the wrong way, but it reminds me of the kind of book you find in the bathroom. It makes good toilet reading, if parents actually got a chance to read on the toilet anymore. There’s probably a poem in there about that too.
The book is a lot of fun and everything is painfully (and humorously) relatable for anyone with children. It would make a great baby shower, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. Or maybe a housewarming gift for the aforementioned quality me-time toilet reading.
About the Author:
Sanderson Dean has been an Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/creative in the television and film advertising business for more than two decades. He is a husband and proud father of two boys who serve as his poetic inspiration (and book illustrators). Find him online at StarkRavingDad.com and check out his book on Amazon: Stark Raving Dad
My son has not been the most receptive little reader. In fact, he’s been downright combative at times, like when I tried to read him What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? and he threw a giant tantrum, and then there was the time he kept shoving poor Sgt. Stubby in the trash. It got to where I was hesitant to even suggest we try looking at a book together. Then Ben Luster sent us a book that involved poop and other gross things and I thought, maybe this book has a chance…
P is for Poop is a funny, rhyming alphabet book that was inspired by the many diaper changes of a sleep-deprived parent. It started as a birthday gift for Ben’s daughter and was made public with the encouragement of his wife. Each page is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and features a bright colorful illustration drawn by Sarah Walsh.
The story follows typical family shenanigans from A for awake to ZZZ for goodnight. And during that time, plenty of funny, silly and yes, sometimes stinky things happen. My son was captivated from pages 3 and 4, as soon as the cat pooped in the shoe. And guess what? The dog pooped there too!
No crying, no tearing the book out of my hands and throwing it in the trash. So there’s the secret- I just have to get him books about poop! Of course there’s more than just poop in there- the pages that speak to me the most are “M is for Memory, Mine is no more” and “N is for Nope, can’t remember what I came in here for.” Ben is talking to us parents too!
What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is a fun and colorful children’s book that will get you and your child engaged in the story as you giggle about unicorns on unicycles and ice-skating ladybugs.
It’s a collection of whimsical illustrations of animals and objects doing silly things that will give you plenty to talk about, and giggle about, on each page. The pictures are eye-catching and the captions engaging. And it ends with blank pages so you and your child can doodle pictures about what makes you laugh!
This is the first book written by Ginny Jordan, who lives in New York with her Havapoo, Mio. While teaching in New York, she was the only teacher in her school to earn the Outstanding Service Award and gained plenty of experience making children laugh!