With a humorous tone, Gellman attempts to teach readers how to speak "Parent" by explaining 30 commonly used phrases, such as "You need a time-out," "I'm not gonna tell you again," and "Don't run with scissors." For example, "Clean up your room" really means "show that you respect your family, even if it means giving up having cold pizza and used underwear close by at all times." This slim guide has problems beyond its lack of kid appeal. Gellman's examples (IMing, Goths, drinking at parties) often seem targeted to older readers than those to whom the book's well-spaced type and cartoon illustrations are marketed. Some families may take issue with Gellman's lenient take on laughing at others ("It's okay to laugh at your friend if he or she gets hit by a cream pie."). What is most problematic with such a work is its assumption that all families have the same values. However, the book will satisfy some parents and youth leaders looking for a discussion starter.
Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Marc Gellman writes a solo column at Newsweek.com, and along with his close friend Thomas Hartman, he co-hosts the cable television program "The God Squad." The rabbi-and-priest duo have made frequent appearances on Good Morning America, Donlmus, and other major media programs. In addition to being the authors of Religion for Dummies, they have written five children's books including How Do You Spell God? which was made into an animated, Peabody-award winning HBO special. Gellman is the senior rabbi at Temple Beth Torah in Melville, NY.
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