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Book review: The A to Z of Having a Baby

Comedian Jeff Green offers up some birth-wearied experiences to share with unsuspecting new parents, especially dads.

Posted: 5 December 2006
by Louise Rogers

The A to Z of Having a Baby by Jeff Green

Light-hearted, fun and down to earth
Sometimes the truth just ain’t that funny…
Features: Comedian Jeff Green’s personal perspective on the ups and downs of having a baby, following on from his previous successful run of A-Z of… books
Price: £6.99 RRP

The A to Z of Having a Baby by Jeff Green

With so many serious tomes on parenting about, it’s good to look at the lighter side, and Jeff Green offers a wealth of humour, even when it comes to the not-so-pleasant aspects of pregnancy and birth.
It’s a simple format, and easy to dip in and out of (perfect for those early sleep-deprived days when you have the concentration span of a goldfish) – and the anecdotes will certainly make you realise that:

(a) you’re not the only one ever to have suffered
(b) laughter is often the best therapy.

Some of the entries are a little gross, and may put off those who are still expecting, but generally this a good read for prospective dads (and mums who need an insight into the peculiar thing that is the male brain). My particular favourite was under G for Gas and Air “Thank you Dr Entonox”. Hear, hear, I say!

The ThinkBaby verdict

Good fun – a great gift idea for a father-to-be. Just don’t follow his advice about babysitting or feeding sandwiches to three-week-olds…
Usefulness: 2/5
Readability: 4/5
Value: 3/5

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