Synopsis: An indispensable survival manual for guys entering the trenches of fatherhood, Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad.
Finally, a book that teaches men all the things they really need to know about fatherhood...including how to:
• change a baby at a packed sports stadiumPacked with helpful diagrams and detailed instructions, and delivered with a wry sense of humor, Be Prepared is the ultimate guide for sleep-deprived, applesauce-covered fathers everywhere.
• create a decoy drawer full of old wallets, remote controls, and cell phones to throw baby off the scent of your real gear
• stay awake (or at least upright) at work
• babyproof a hotel room in four minutes flat
• construct an emergency diaper out of a towel, a sock, and duct tape
For sample pages and downloads, check out the Be Prepared website!
Review: I was laughing at the cover, and by 15 pages in, I was near hysterical, from laughing so hard! This is such a 'dad' book. You know- least amount of effort to get required job done. Like tying a mylar balloon on baby's ankle, as a leg exercise program and how to keep baby busy idea!the pictures and diagrams included, just make it more 'manly'!
But upon reading the book, you realize there is a lot of USABLE material here, that new dads really need! The book has five sections that are sorted by age (newborn to one year) that along with the developmental peaks and baby's needs, include dad's responsibilities and required skills (or MacGyverisms). I really liked cool facts, like: babies react best to their mother's walking pattern, when being rocked, which is usually 60 beats per minute. reggae music is 60-70 beats. therefor you should rock on to Bob Marley. Ya gotta love that!
All new dads need this book- it would be a riot to include some of 'necessary items' like the aforementioned towel, sock and duct tape, along with the book, in a gift basket for any new dad! Dads-to-be are stressed enough, this book will help them laught their way through the first year!
About the Author: a comedian and writer, he has appeared on Comedy Central and Bravo, as well as numerous national radio networks. He's written material for a number of Comedy Central shows and awards shows, and has penned articles for Psychology Today magazine. He lives in Manhattan with his wife (and collaborator) Jeannie Hayden and their daughter Madeline. If you'd like further information about Gary, please visit garygreenberg.com
About the Illustrator: Jeanne is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer whose clients include Nickelodeon, Dialogica, American Museum of Natural History, Psychology Today, The Village Voice, L'Oreal, and Liz Claiborne, to name a few. In addition, she illustrated the best-selling reference book Alternative Medicine, as well as the widely-acclaimed Self-Helpless (Career Press). Please visit jeanniehayden.com for more information.
Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, from Simon and Shcuster, for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.