A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, Paperback

A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting Paperback

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Meditations on fatherhood from the author of "Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City"With "A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting," the trademark dry humor that pervades Guy Delisle's landmark and praised graphic travelogues takes center stage.

Quick, light vignettes play on the worries and cares any young parent might have, and offer wry solutions to the petty frustrations of being a dad who works from home. Readers familiar with Delisle's stranger-in-a-strange-land technique for storytelling (employed in "Jerusalem," "Pyongyang," "Burma," and "Shenzhen") will recognize the titular parent in this book; Delisle's travelogues were simultaneously portraits of complex places and times, and portraits of a stay-at-home dad's ever-changing relationship with his children while his wife is out working for Doctors Without Borders.

The relationship between young child and all-too-irony-aware parent is beautifully done here, and Delisle's loose flowing style has been set free, creating a wonderful sense of motion throughout. "A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting "is an intimate, offbeat look at the joys of parenting.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, Black and White
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
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  • Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 9781770461178

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64. <b>A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle</b> (2013, 190 pages, read Dec 7)Translated from French by Helge DascherThis is good fun and I laughed out loud and I appreciated the artwork, but these 190 pages take 30 minutes to read, at most.

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I found this book after reading the author's <i>Burma Chronicles</i>. His vignettes are hilarious, and the understated cartoon style conveys so much. Having forgotten to put tooth fairy money under my children's pillows, his similar experience resonated! The vignette where he moved from praising his daughter's picture to asking if she wanted to follow in his footsteps as a cartoonist, to critiquing her work, to ranting about the state of the industry, all while she stands stolidly by, made me laugh, as did his first definition of "penetrate" for his son (and his subsequent advice on how to beat a boss in Zelda).

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I found this book after reading the author's <i>Burma Chronicles</i>. His vignettes are hilarious, and the understated cartoon style conveys so much. Having forgotten to put tooth fairy money under my children's pillows, his similar experience resonated! The vignette where he moved from praising his daughter's picture to asking if she wanted to follow in his footsteps as a cartoonist, to critiquing her work, to ranting about the state of the industry, all while she stands stolidly by, made me laugh, as did his first definition of "penetrate" for his son (and his subsequent advice on how to beat a boss in Zelda).

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