Paperback, 204 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Drawn and Quarterly
I’ve read two of Guy Delisle’s works and have become a fan of his rather breezy style. His art is immensely engaging while his writing is fun, certainly sparse but with enough insight into people and life that makes the humour more pronounced than slapstick. While I’m not an actual parent, I do live with a niece who is currently a toddler to whom I act as a pseudo-parent occasionally and I could relate to some of the situations in the book.
The book is funny and it’s good, clean actually funny humour that transcends cultures and languages because all parents can relate to the woes of another. I think this also, perhaps unintentionally, reveals the greatest difficulty parents will ever face: the pressure to be perfect to your child, for your child. You are placed on a pedestal and you are supposed to do everything that ensures you remain on the pedestal even though you are only human and prone to mistakes.
I recommend this short little volume. Whether you have children or not, this will make you laugh.