A Dad’s Review of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life

Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of Corine Dehghanpisheh’s #BabyLove: My Toddler Life for this review. The opinions expressed are solely mine and I have no affiliation with the author or her agency.

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From the moment she was born, I think my daughter sees my smartphone as the third parent.

When I used to feed her in my arms as a newborn, or rock her to sleep, my face would have a bright glow. This glow was not only from the pure joy and happiness of being a proud dad, but a literal glow and reflection of the light from my phone screen.

Admittedly, we are on our devices way too much, but the sad/scary thing is even knowing this, we don’t put in as much effort as we should in avoiding it.

The things they learn just by copying us
At 19 months my daughter somehow figured how to put everything by her ear and pretend that it’s a phone. It cute for sure, but it also says alot about where she’s getting these ideas from.

So when a rep from author Corine Dehghanpisheh’s #BabyLove: My Toddler Life book reached out to me to do a review about this very topic, I was immediately intrigued.

I don’t normally do storybook reviews – unless they are filled with unintentional (or intentional?) humour like the Mr. Tickle book. But with this one I thought I would make an exception, since it touches upon this particular topic.

Like all my reviews here’s a TL:DR

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Easing Into the Holiday Spirit: Santa And His Super Hero

Since diving into this Dad blogging universe, I’ve been given incredible opportunities to work with different companies and dads to either promote or spread their messaging.

Often times, I am fortunate enough to be sent items to either test or keep. This is something that I am tremendously grateful for, and it is something that was totally unexpected when I first started this whole dad blog thing.

But sometimes, it is not just about getting tangible things – sometimes what I get out of connecting with others goes beyond that.

This is something that goes beyond.

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Earlier this week, a dad reached out through the site and asked if I wanted to spread the word on a book that he and his son wrote together. As a now avid book reader to my daughter, how could I say no to that?

In speaking to Keven, he gave me a bit more background on what he was doing with this book, and it was something that went beyond just promoting a story. Net proceeds of the sale of his book will go to the BC Burn Fund – which is pretty awesome.

After we spoke Keven had sent me the rest of the details of this campaign which you can find at the end of this post. Feel free to check it out, as 1), the story is pretty darn cute; and 2) it’s for a great great cause.

I have to admit, I’m too keen on celebrating Christmas this early in the year. But spreading the word really warms up the Grinch inside of me.

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Here’s Keven’s email and the full details of his book Santa and His Super Hero:

My website is http://www.santaandhissuperhero.ca  .  I have a ”School” page on there that is actually the give-away page. http://www.santaandhissuperhero.ca/schools  The intent of this page is for schools to give the book to their students as a gift.  After filling out the form it will take you to another page that will have the link for the Kindle version as well as the downloadable PDF.  This page will be completed by the end of the day.  My goal is to give away more than 1 million copies next weekend of the eBook.

The books available at CreateSpace at http://bit.ly/SantasBook.  This is the preferred method of distribution as this will give the BC Burn Fund a bit more money.  I also have a promo Code that is valid thru December 15th for 10% off the printed version of the book.  That promo code is KJZ82H62

The Kindle version is available on Amazon.ca at http://bit.ly/SantaBookCanada  The eBook will be free from November 25th to November 29th.  The price of that book is $6.70CDN

Both the Kindle version and the printed book are also available on Amazon.com at http://SantaBookUSA  Again the eBook will be free from November 25th to November 29th.  During that time, Amazon will also be giving out a number of books randomly to shoppers who get the printed copy.

The price on Amazon.com for the eBook is $4.95 and the printed book is $10.95.

 

Mr. Tickle: A Storybook Review

Imagine you had an abnormally long body part, and you went around places bothering people with your unusually long bodily appendage…And you got away with it.

 

 

 

That doesn’t sound right, does it? That probably sounds like a really inappropriate story. Well that’s pretty much the essence of this Mr. Tickle book.

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Originally written by Roger Hargreaves in 1971, Mr. Tickle was the first book of the Mr. Men series. The story was inspired by Hargreaves’ son when he asked what a Tickle was.

The book starts off pretty chill with Mr. Tickle using his extraordinary long arms to do every day stuff, like grabbing a snack from the downstairs fridge in bed. Reading this the first time I immediately thought, “Damn, imagine if this guy played for the Raptors.” Then I realized they already had a guy like that on the team in Bruno Cabloco.

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The Toronto Raptors’ Mr. Tickle

After that basketball related digression, I continued to read and that’s when things in get weird and questionable. As Mr. Tickle starts his day, he decides that he’s going to abuse his god-given abilities by going around tickling random people. The craziest part in the book is when Mr. Tickle actually goes to a school, hides under a window, and starts using his crazy long arms to tickle the teacher through a window in front of children.

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Hi Kids!

The page in the book actually says the following:

“Eventually Mr. Tickle came to a school. There was nobody around, so, reaching his extraordinary long arms up to a high window ledge, Mr. Tickle pulled himself up and peeked in through the open window.”

Damn…Mr. Tickle’s got some issues.download

Most of the stuff happening here would not fly in modern day.  The book is a cute book, with cute drawings as you expect from a Mr. Men series story book for kids. But, wow, the premise was certainly made for a more innocent and simpler time.

I know, I’m overreacting and a bit immature, but Mr. Tickle himself knows what he’s doing. in fact in one part of the book, he basically says F’the police and starts tickling a traffic cop causing a huge traffic jam. He know’s what he’s doing, and he doesn’t give a damn about it.

"F'the Popo." -Mr. Tickle

I won’t spoil the rest of it but basically the dude goes on a rampage with his tickles.

Creepiness aside, this book is a must have for any parent who is looking to read a quick and silly story to their kid. Reading it before bedtime is probably not the best idea since there’s a tickling promptat the end of the book. So if you’re trying to calm your kid for bed – tickling is probably the last thing you want to do.

However, in terms of zaniness and entertainment value for the parent that’s reading it, it certainly one that I would recommend. While reading you can imagine all the ridiculousness this Mr. Tickle fellow has to offer.

Readability: 3/5 – Very easy read, but as a dad who loves doing accents, I wish there were more character lines.

Entertainment Value for Parent: 5/5 -I giggled and raised an eyebrow as the story progressed – great entertainment value for me.

Visuals: 4/5 – The pictures are not too colourful but some of the animations are one of a kind and fun.

Overall: 4/5 – This book has lasting appeal and really gives the parent something to giggle and chuckle in their head while reading.

 

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