Greg Pembroke starting taking pictures of his three year old son mid tantrum and captioning the reasons for it on a Tumblr in 2013. After that, the site blew up and tons of submissions from other parents with similar woes started appearing on the blog. I actually really loved the blog and as someone who has discussed how gross she finds children, this was not selling the event much. However, I laughed until I cried. Then I called my mother and asked her what the hell she was thinking. I loved the selection that was picked for the book and it’s a great gift for any parent. However, I wouldn’t buy it for anyone who hasn’t had a kid yet, it will be too discouraging. But if you’re a parent and you need a laugh, this is a great book. It’s mostly pictures so if you don’t really have the headspace for a full scale memoir navigating the complexities of identity and parenthood, this achieves the same thing without requiring you to read less than 16 point font.
This book was published by Three Rivers Press and can be purchased wherever books are sold. Don’t forget to visit your local library! You can access the book trailer for Reasons Why My Kid is Crying here. You can also enjoy the Tumblr blog here. GREG PEMBROKE is the father of two sons (and the husband of one wife) from Rochester, NY. He works part time as radio advertising copywriter three days per week and stays home with his young sons two days per week.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.