I’ve found a new kindred spirit in the parenting world.
And he’s a dad.
Dan Zevin’s Dan Gets a Minivan hit bookstores this week, and its publishers would like me to tell you it’s the perfect Fathers Day gift. It is. But read it yourself first, because really, this book is for YOU, lover of funny and thought-provoking writing.
Here are a few things Dan Zevin and I have in common:
- we both love our minivans. No really. If you really think you’re too cool to drive a car with satellite TV, six zones of air conditioning, and trunk space big enough for an armchair, then Dan Zevin and I laugh at you.
- we have both put in our time at the Criminal Court Building in New York City, “located in a neighborhood of Manhattan that has never known the light of the sun.”
- we both stink at tennis.
- we have both enjoyed raising our kids in New York City. And have both the-opposite-of-enjoyed that. Zevin’s since moved his family to the suburbs, and is very happy about that. Food for thought.
What’s that you say? Is there another book that I am not the specific target audience for and yet laughed my tuchis off while reading?
My No, No, No Day by Rebecca Patterson tells the tale of young Bella’s very bad day. Ballet is too itchy! Toothpaste is too minty! It’s like Alexander’s horrible day of yore, only funnier, mostly due to Patterson’s priceless illustrations of what being four and very angry looks like. All three of my kids adored this book, and when my daughter brought it to preschool, the two teachers stopped what they were doing immediately to laugh at a story they know all too well. This book is one you’ll love as much as your child.
And now the giveaway! I have a free copy of Dan Gets a Minivan for one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is comment below with the name of the last book you read that you really loved. Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Happy reading!
I received complimentary copies of Dan Gets a Minivan and My No, No, No Day from the publishers for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.