ARC REVIEW : The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed


TITLE: The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed
AUTHOR: Mike & Heather Spohr
GENRES: Humor, Parenting, Adult
PAGES: 195
PUBLISHED: August 1st 2017
PUBLISHER: Voyageur Press

Raising a toddler and surviving a zombie attack may not seem like very similar experiences on the face of it, but they’re actually much more alike than you realize.

Toddlers and zombies both communicate mainly through groans, clumsily trail after you everywhere you go (especially into the bathroom in the toddler’s case), and–upon entering your life–leave you frazzled, on edge, and deeply sleep deprived.

The Toddler Survival Guide is a hilarious parody of Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide (and survival guides in general) that will leave parents laughing out loud even as it provides practical advice on how they can make it to the other side of toddlerhood intact. Written by parents who have studied toddlers up-close in their natural habitat, the book will cover survival skills including how you can outfit your home to outlast a toddler occupation (baby gate, cabinet locks, wine), how you can subdue an angry toddler (“Elmo’s Song,” mac and cheese, smartphone) and even how you can safely venture out in public together without your toddler–or you–bursting into tears.

Chapters include: Preparing the Home for a Toddler Invasion, Communicating with Your Toddler, Feeding a Toddler, Socializing Your Toddler, Grooming Your Toddler, Venturing into Public with a Toddler, Documenting Your Life with a Toddler, Vacationing with a Toddler, Toddler Entertainment and Birthdays, Surviving Bedtime and Potty Training, Technology and the Toddler, and Parental Self-Preservation.


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

“If you’ve ever seen a horror film where zombies relentlessly come after human flesh with single-minded determination, then you’ve got a pretty good idea of how toddlers feel about candy.”

As said, this book is a humorous guide to raising your toddler or praising yourself for life with toddler.
And that’s exactly what this book is! I mean while reading this book I might have laughed more than I actually have laughed during my kids’ toddlerhood. I can agree with almost everything stated in this book and the ones I can’t agree with, are something that I haven’t done with my own: for example we haven’t been in movies because I know that all hell would break loose then. :’D

This is great book to those who doesn’t have kids and to those who have. At least for me it was an awesome reminder that this doesn’t have to be so serious, you can do this through humor which makes everything so much easier with my toddler drawing to those new tapestries we have just put on the walls or refusing to potty training and still screaming her lungs out when she does her thing in her diaper.
After all I’ll rate this book with 4 stars. It was good, I had a blast while reading it but I would have wanted something more. It felt kind of like it’s repeating itself with everything.



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