Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Book review: "Father Knows Less, Or: 'Can I Cook My Sister?': One Dad's Quest to Answer His Son's Most Baffling Questions"

"Father Knows Less" is an enjoyable book, especially for parents of young children. Some parts are funny, some educational and some show tender moments of discovery by a father and son learning from each other.

The book has an unusual format with author Wendell Jamieson mixing stories about his son, Dean, with attempts to answer the odd and offbeat questions of children. Jamieson collected questions from kids such as "When you have brain freeze, does you brain actually freeze?" or "Why is there war?" and got experts to answer them.

There's a bit of a hit-and-miss quality to the questions some are interesting and enlightening, some less so.

Jamieson's descriptions of raising his son will resonate with many parents. The anxiety that he and his wife feel over Dean's early speech problems and their joy when he worked through the difficulties is the kind of thing that moms and dads will understand.

I also give the author points for honesty for describing how he lost his cool in an argument with his wife and broke the lock off their door.


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