How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel: And Other Misadventures Traveling with Kids

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Have you ever struggled to dislodge a nostril-bound Cheerio while navigating the interstate at 70 miles an hour? Discovered exactly how many renditions of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” it takes for you to pull the car to the side of the road and weep? Or experienced just what happens when your miniature traveling companion pulls the “manual override” lever on the emergency exit door of a plane? You’re not alone. We all have memories of a hideous yet hilarious family trip.

Now you ...

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Overview

Have you ever struggled to dislodge a nostril-bound Cheerio while navigating the interstate at 70 miles an hour? Discovered exactly how many renditions of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” it takes for you to pull the car to the side of the road and weep? Or experienced just what happens when your miniature traveling companion pulls the “manual override” lever on the emergency exit door of a plane? You’re not alone. We all have memories of a hideous yet hilarious family trip.

Now you can read about some that make your trip look like a vacation with the Waltons.

Edited by Sarah Franklin, How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel is an anthology of outrageous stories about the inherent misadventures that revolve around traveling with kids. Whether the trip is with newborn triplets or with moody teens, a road trip to the beach or a European vacation, each story will resonate with parents who hit the road or the tarmac with kids in tow.

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Thirty-six mothers, mostly professional writers, have contributed stories of travels with children to this volume. Sometimes harrowing and sometimes heartwarming, the pieces (all but two original to this collection) range from typical family vacations to barely controlled chaos to trips planned as adventures from the start. In "From Absinthe to Zeitgeist," Adrienne St. John-Delcroix takes her teenaged daughter to Brussels, and, somehow, the two end up roaming Europe with her daughter's boyfriend. Susan Wolter Nettell writes hilariously of a 12-hour train trip with her sister and her sister's two-month-old quadruplets. These are short memories of specific journeys, without tips or generalizations, leaving readers to come to their own opinions and infer any travel advice. While each piece is delightfully entertaining, some revealing the joy of family trips, others as riveting as horror flicks, that all of the contributions are by women-and mostly work-at-home authors at that-does make the collection seem somewhat uniform; some male authors and a wider range of perspectives would have been welcome. Suitable for large public libraries.
—Erica L. Foley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580052429
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

All Shook Up Tiffany Fitch Fitch, Tiffany 1

Driving Mozard Sabra Ciancanelli Ciancanelli, Sabra 5

Consider Atlanta Julia Litton Litton, Julia 13

Diapers, Drugs, and Witchcraft Gabrielle Smith-Dluha Smith-Dluha, Gabrielle 25

The Devil Wears Pull-Ups Stephanie Sylverne Sylverne, Stephanie 37

The Language of Romance Cathy Keir Keir, Cathy 47

Mile-high Motherhood Sarah Davies Davies, Sarah 57

International underwear Dana Standish Standish, Dana 63

Four Babies, Two Sisters and a Breast Pump Susan Wolter Nettell Nettell, Susan Wolter 69

Got Milk? Sally Bjornsen Bjornsen, Sally 81

Captain Safety Out the Window Jennifer Margulis Margulis, Jennifer 89

New York Plus One Madelyn Rosenberg Rosenberg, Madelyn 97

Seven Bags, Two Kids, and the Baby Cheeses Holly Korbey Korbey, Holly 103

Road Trip Through Adolescence Donna Gephart Gephart, Donna 117

Shock and Paw C. Lill Ahrens Ahrens, C. Lill 123

The Backbone of the World Jennifer Graf Groneberg Groneberg, Jennifer Graf 131

Splish, Splash, We're in First Class Sarah Franklin Franklin, Sarah 139

To Grandmother's House We Go Katharine D. Morgan Morgan, Katharine D. 147

Trouble on the High Seas Elena Aitken Aitken, Elena 151

Mosquitoes Be Damned Veronica Chater Chater, Veronica 155

99 Bottles Julie Barton Barton, Julie 165

From Absinthe to Zeitgeist Adrienne St. John-Delacroix St. John-Delacroix, Adrienne 111

Shosholoza Liesl Jobson Jobson, Liesl 181

Have Bay, Will Travel Katherine Ozment Ozment, Katherine 181

King Henry and the Field of Frogs Anita Feng Feng, Anita 195

Laos with Lucien Willow King King, Willow 205

Traveling Songs Elrena Evans Evans, Elrena 211

Flashdance Snow White Mary Jane BeaufrandBeaufrand, Mary Jane 211

Senseless in Seattle Ivy Eisenberg Eisenberg, Ivy 225

Saving Grace Amy Bustraan Bustraan, Amy 231

Mouse Ears and Monster Faces: Adventures of the Medicated Leesa Gehman Gehman, Leesa 239

Friendly Fire Sarah Shey Shey, Sarah 249

Rock Me like a Hurricane Donna Collins Tinsley Tinsley, Donna Collins 255

When Mommy Met Sally Melissa Balmain Balmain, Melissa 261

Ocean City, New Jersey Elizabeth Roca Roca, Elizabeth 269

The Rules of Germany J. Anderson Coats Coats, J. Anderson 277

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