Title: Even More Bad Parenting Advice
Author: Guy Delisle
Publisher: Drawn + Quarterly
Check this book out on Goodreads.
Ever wanted to know how to be awarded the Best Dad in the Whole World? Guy Delisle has all the answers for you in these lighthearted, entertaining tales of parental mishaps and practical jokes gone wrong. Whether he’s helping remove a pesky, wobbly, but not quite loose tooth or trying to win at hide-and-seek, his antics will resonate with every parent who has wanted to give a sarcastic answer to a funny question from their kid. (Source: Goodreads)
You may be familiar with Guy Delisle from his travelogues including Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Burma Chronicles, and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China. Delisle also has other amazing work however, including his comics about his kids and himself as a father. The first of these, A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting, was hilarious and adorable with the same sort of humor that you find in his travelogues. This follow up was no exception.
Delisle art style is sort of like a comic strip, which makes it easy to read, and re-read like any classic newspaper comic strip. It’s easily digestible and easily shared. This is a huge part of why I love Delisle work because it’s really a great style for just about any reader. He also has a good sense of movement in his work, which I guess comes from his work in cartoons.
This book is vignettes about his family, each one only a few pages. These vignettes display his sense of humor, his style, and his timing really well. The humor is cute and funny and the timing is handled well especially in such small stories. I love them because they are cute, short, and sweet. All of the vignettes got smiles or chuckles from me. His family stories have a sense of continuity if you’ve read his previous work, which is great because you get a sense of them as people with personalities. This book, and the previous book, have titles that sort of turn heads I think. From the title alone I’ve gotten people interested in these books, even people who don’t read comics, which is really great.
I don’t have a lot to say about this book, except that is is excellent. Cute, short, sweet, and funny it emcompasses a lot of the fantastic qualities of graphic novels and comic strips in one book. It’s a book I recommend from an author and artist I highly recommend.