Someday You'll Thank Me for This!: And Other Annoying (but True) Life Lessons

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Gr 3-6
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316012348
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Marc Gellman, a senior rabbi from New York, realized that not many young people can understand "parent speak." If you're wondering what that is, it's only because you didn't know it was called that, because believe me, you've heard it spoken a million times. <BR/><BR/>"If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?" It's okay, you can admit it - you've heard this one before (or at least something really close to it). "I'm not gonna tell you again!" Yep, been there and done that. "Just who do you think you are?" Oh, I can still remember this one (and, just for the record, saying something along the lines of "not you" is really, really, REALLY not the way to go with your parents). <BR/><BR/>With humor and understanding, Mr. Gellman takes the sayings that everyone has heard a hundred times before and explains the reasoning behind them - the reasoning that, when you're hearing it, doesn't always make sense at the time. I'm not saying that parents always know best, and I don't think the author is, either. But what he stresses is that what doesn't make sense at thirteen can make perfect sense at twenty. What irks you to death at fifteen will be much better understood when you have your own children. <BR/><BR/>So, as Mr. Gellman says, someday you'll thank me for this. And by this, I mean recommending you to pick up a copy of his book, which is perfect for anyone with parents - which I'm pretty sure is all of us.

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