Ask any typical father the kind of breakfast he enjoys cooking for his kids and pancakes will come up in the conversation. Let’s be honest – pancakes are awesome. First of all, they’re cake that you eat for breakfast. And actually, there’s no second point – they’re cake you eat for breakfast!
But most people make the same old blah pancakes for their kids – big circles, smaller circles. And if you really want to look like a hero in front of your kids, you make the old Mickey Mouse pancake – one big circle, two smaller circle ears. WTG, bro. Well, Jim Belosic’s got you beat. I mean, unless you’ve made The Golden Gate Bridge out of pancake, then maybe you’re on his level. Oh, you haven’t? Then shut your hole and read the review of his new book, “OMG Pancakes!”
Every father knows that the first thing to disappear with a new baby is spare time. But a lot of fathers also find that not-spare time also disappears. And some of that not-spare time includes things like exercise/gym time. Many fathers would like to keep up on their workout routine, but would also like to be spending time with their kids. So, one smart father mashed together workout routines and father-baby time and came up with a board-book called “Baby Barbells: The Dad’s Guide to Fitness and Fathering.”
That father is Joshua Levitt, ND – a naturopathic doctor that runs a family medical practice in Connecticut and teaches at the Yale School of Medicine. Levitt’s book is great – and not just because he’s putting workout time back on your clock. Keep reading, and maybe you too will feel the burn.
One of the most exciting books to come out in awhile has got to be Adam Mansbach’s book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” which came out this week – just in time for Father’s Day. Styled like a children’s story, this tale of a father’s frustration with his daughter’s bedtime routine perfectly crystallizes what every father surely feels as they tuck the blankets, kiss their kid’s cheek one last time, and turn the light out, slinking into the hallway, whispering “no whammy no whammy no whammy.”
As you can tell, this book speaks directly to me.
Back in February, we shoveled you over to a Time interview with John Donohue, the “Stay at Stove Dad.” Donohue’s back with a book out that’s a great read for kitchen-savvy fathers, called “Man With a Pan.” I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but if your dad’s into cooking, this would be a great Father’s Day gift.
John was nice enough to send a copy out to 8BitDad, and unfortunately, reading it took me longer than expected. I was planning on giving it a skim and letting you guys know it was a “wonderful jaunt through food and fatherhood.” But then I started reading it and, well hell, if this book isn’t one of the most easy-to-read, interesting fatherhood AND food books, I don’t know what is.
We’ve all heard about the importance of reading to our children as soon as they claw their way out of our wives’ vaginas. When you’ve got a small baby, any old video game magazine will do – babies just need to hear phonetic sounds and hopefully see a couple of colorful pictures. Later on, though, toddlers need something interesting to keep them involved. Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama is a sing-songy rhyme about a llama with maternal separation anxiety. Your toddler will love it, and you’ll love teaching your children about mommy’s midlife crisis. You and your child will bond in fear of awakening mommy’s inner beast.
Last week I went to our school’s Fall open house with my big guy. We did the running tour of the school, fighting the crowds through the classroom, the gym, the art room, the music room, the gym again, and finally the lunch room. Why did we end up back in the gym? Well, that’s where they were doing the Scholastic book fair, of course! It was a portrait of chaos. A few dozen parents were getting whipped around the aisles, dragged along by a swarm of hyper kiddos.
I didn’t get sucked in right away. I cut a deal early. “One book, any book…you pick,” I told my little dude. He was jumping in place, but he heard me. Thank goodness. When I cut him loose, he did exactly what I hoped he’d do – he dashed right for the Star Wars shelf. He shocked me when he came right back holding Star Wars ABC, the book you see in the title image. Apparently he already knew what he wanted me to get. By this point, I suspected the school had toured the kids through the book sale earlier in the day. It was either that or he just liked the robots on the cover.
I wanted to make sure he was sure of his choice, so I took him through all the aisles. “Do you want that one? What about this one?” It was no use; he was locked in to his choice. It turns out that the book he picked is an amazing book that I recommend to anyone with young readers. Let me tell you why you should hand over some of your hard-earned cash to George Lucas, the guy who’s about to squeeze another victory lap out of films that he made around 30 years ago (ho-lee whaaaa?).