I just read Amber Dusick’s book “Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures” based on her award winning blog of the same name. It was wonderful. Buy it. If you can’t afford to buy it, you can borrow mine. Or I will personally call up the folks at your local library and tell them they need to order a copy.
You know when you have one of those days when you feel like bed time will never come? And you’re trying not to lose it because someone just dumped a huge box of cereal all over the floor and somebody else is crying because you won’t let them do the same thing? And then you find an old pull-up stuffed under someone’s bed and you’re not sure if you should start drinking or crying? No? Just me?
Well that’s when you need this book. It will make you laugh and it will help you remember that we’re all in this together.
There are a bunch of reasons why I love this book and they’re pretty much all the same reasons why I think the blog is so successful. First of all, it’s hilarious. Her drawings are not crappy at all – they’re brilliant. Her writing is honest, straightforward and at times laugh out loud funny. She doesn’t use a ton of curse words, but they’re there and they’re the perfectly appropriate punchlines to whatever she’s discussing.
It’s also incredibly honest. Amber discusses the nuts and bolts of parenting young children without squeamishness or fear. Maybe talking openly about diarrhea is too much for you, and that’s cool. But the reality of being a mom to little kids is often a little yucky. We all know this. She does a great job making it relatable and funny.
The key to the success of Crappy Pictures, in my humble opinion, is its heart. In a sea of mom-blog snark, Amber is unapologetically in love with her kids and being a mom. She melts when her kids do something cute, and you melt right along with her. Sure, she complains about being vomited on and never, ever sleeping but it’s clear that there is no place she’d rather be than with her family. It’s that blend of honesty, laugh out loud funny, unabashed sweetness and silly (never crappy) pictures that makes this book so special.
If you want to see what I mean, check out this book trailer that Amber made with her kids. I like it so much more that the “official” one, because it captures the adorable family dynamic that has made me such a fan. One part poop, one part cuteness, one part silly. It’s perfect.