A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting

A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting

Graphic Novel - 2013
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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.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2013
ISBN: 9781770461178
Branch Call Number: FIC DEL
Characteristics: 190 p. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Dascher, Helge 1965-

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KateHillier Jul 09, 2014

In simple drawings Guy Delisle proves that every parent makes mistakes and that's okay. Each little story about a way he's done an odd thing or an ill advised thing as a father brings a smirk and the knowledge that this something that any parent could easily do, current or future at that. If you're up for a laugh (my favourite is of our Quebecois author trying to get his son to use a chainsaw because he's half Canadian and will need to do it sooner or later) and a quick read this is a book for you, whether you're a parent like Guy or the child of one.

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Nakkid
May 21, 2014

Cute cartoons, I love the humor and the artwork!

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gillythebetter
Apr 09, 2014

My only complaint is that it was all over too soon.

OranguTang Mar 31, 2014

This book is incredibly short and the illustrations are small and don't even take up the full page. I'm surprised they bothered to print it considering how little content there actually is. That being said, the comics are quite funny and made me smile.

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lostwords
Jan 05, 2014

it is a fun read

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karmil
Oct 15, 2013

I read this after reading the Burma Chronicles also by Guy Delisle. His graphic novels are laugh out loud funny.

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modestgoddess
Oct 15, 2013

Light and fun - possibly a bit wrenching if you put yourself in the children's shoes....(especially the one with the chainsaw).

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Basileus
Sep 20, 2013

Hilarious set of cartoons about a dad who has a very unusual parenting technique. It's a very quick read but worth it for the laughs.

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Nakkid
May 21, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A man pretends to get his arm chopped up by a chainsaw. He then finds a prop to add bloody detail.

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Nakkid
May 21, 2014

Coarse Language: Some cursing, like usage of the f-word, the s-word, and words that would be considered inappropriate in other nations ("wanker").

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Nakkid
May 21, 2014

Sexual Content: When asked to define "penetrate", a man defines sexual penetration instead of tactical penetration.

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Nakkid
May 21, 2014

Nakkid thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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