Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Husband, by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Husband is very funny, but I didn't find it to be to be as funny as the Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Mom.  Maybe I took it too personally.  I don't know if Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris are dads themselves, but they hit the mark frequently.  Like the Guide to the Mom, they have a couple of simple sentences describing a husband, accompanied by pictures in a nostalgic, old-fashioned style.  Some of my favorites:
  • "The husband has a very big memory.  He can remember football scores, all his old car license plate numbers, and most of Caddyshack.  But he cannot remember what his wife asked him to bring back from the store."  (Guilty.)
  • "The husband finds some things very difficult.  Being wrong is one of these things." (Hmmm.)
  • "Jimbo works hard all week and has only a few hours on the weekend to spend with his family.  He spends these hours watching sports." (Ouch.  This one hits close to home.)
  • "Jim and Rebecca have been husband and wife for thirty-one years and he still does not know what she likes." (Can every man relate to this?)
And there's more, including multiple references to husbands having a wandering eye and, of course, being unwilling to stop and ask for directions.  This is funny stuff, but much of it is unoriginal, getting laughs out of tired stereotypes.  Still funny.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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