WIN! The Short Attention Span Gift Guide
Who doesn’t love to give books at the holidays? They fit in a suitcase; they ship easily; plus you get to pat yourself on the back for supporting literacy while looking like a real smarty pants. It’s a way of saying, I just LOVE to read, and I assume you do too, if you are AT ALL intelligent…
But when you’re on the receiving end of a hefty tome, it doesn’t feel like a gift so much as an assignment. As comedian Jim Gaffigan says, “I feel like you just gave me homework!”
To get all the smarty pants credit AND not wind up on the fruitcake list next year, we offer up five of our favorite reads for Short Attention Span sufferers … In other words: Every parent you know. These books are all short and sweet, comprised of pictures, tweets, lists and short-form poetry; great-looking gifts that are easy on a parent’s poor, over-taxed brain.
Besides, isn’t the real gift giving your loved ones the the opportunity to say, Why, yes! I DID read an entire book this year!
Twitter isn’t just for breaking news and celebrity stalking—it’s also a goldmine of the funniest comedy online. Jokes? People tell jokes on Twitter? YES, they do. And they are hilarious! “The perfect book for parents who want — NEED — to laugh, but don’t have time to sit down and read a daunting book. Grab it, head to the bathroom and lock the door until they find you!” —Jill Smokler, aka Scary Mommy
Comedian Jason Good offers up his take on modern parenting, from the absurd to the sublime in 71 funny and heartfelt riffs on his daily dealings with his two young boys. On everything from How to Defend Yourself Against a Toddler Attack to When Listening is Impossible. Jason provides semi-relevant advice delivered with deadpan good humor.
Peyton Price delivers her witty take on living in Suburbia in the classic 5-7-5 haiku structure. From lawn maintenance and PTA hierarchy to book clubs and Target runs, Peyton truly captures the good the bad and the insanity of life in the suburbs. This charming book is not only funny, you also get extra credit for supporting poetry!
Becky Blades has taken a love note to her daughters as they leave the nest and turned it into a beautifully designed “life management” guide on how to manage being newly on your own. A beautiful gift for all soon-to-be grads, or a not-so-subtle hint to any rebounding offspring.
Guaranteed to make ANYONE feel better about their parenting, Dave Engledow’s first book features alarming, satirically staged photographs of him and his young daughter, playing out (to hysterical effect) every mom’s worst nightmare about what is REALLY happening when dad’s in charge.