Saturday, January 20, 2018

Graphic Novel Review of The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting by Guy Delisle

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge

Synopsis: "Guy Delisle, the author of Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City and A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, shares hilarious new comic strips that pay tribute to all the ways parents can drive their kids crazy, and vice versa, in The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting.
Slipping grammar lessons into bedtime stories, being challenged by difficult toys, and pretending to forget you even have a son: it's all in a day's work for Delisle. In The Owner's Manual, Delisle doesn't hesitate to make a slightly bumbling, fictionalized version of himself the butt of the joke, though his children often contribute zingy repartee and laugh-out-loud insight in the stories on display here.
The Owner's Manual is the perfect antidote to frustrating car rides filled with "Are we there yet?" and epic battles over homework. Delisle's effortless pacing and witty punch lines reign supreme here, making each vignette zip along to its conclusion."

My Review: I picked this book on a whim, I have really enjoyed snarky parent humor since I am all for telling it like it is. This was a fun book to read, each comic is a few pages long and would be funny for both kids and parents. Each one was rather relatable, though it is geared around children who are school aged. It was entertaining to watch all the hard work of teaching kids lessons come back and bite the dad in the butt, so true of so many situations. It was all in all a quick and fun read that finds the comic relief in trivial daily life with kids.

My Rating: Parents all need a good laugh sometimes and a reminder that life isn't perfect, especially when operating without an instruction manual, so this was a fun and short book to read.  I give it a rating of Three Paws!


  1. Even if I don’t have kids I think I’d find this one humorous. Good to know kids can read it too.

    1. It is pretty entertaining, I could even see myself as a kid in this one. I would say it would be better for pre-teen on up, though they may get some snarky ideas.