Dave Barry isn't just funny. His wit cuts right to the core of life's absurdities. In "My Teenage Son's Greatest Goal in Life Is to Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old" and Other Thoughts on Parenting from Dave Barry, Dave shares his hopes, fears, and insights about his own stint as a father. "Most people make babies out to be very complicated, but the truth is they have only three moods: Mood One: Just about to cry. Mood Two: Crying. Mood Three: Just finished crying."
About the Author
Date of Birth:July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:Armonk, New York
Education:B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A cute, funny collection of clips from Dave Barry's columns over the years. Anything funny he wrote about parenting. You can read it in an hour or less and it would make a good gift book for a parent.
Barry talks about raising his son in this book. There are some funny entries, however the book soon becomes repetitive and most of the entries are simply short lines of text. Each page has only a short paragraph on it, so the entire book contains just about 100 one-liners. If you're a slow reader, you could read the whole book in about 20 minutes. Not the best of Barry's work, but cute.
Every generation complains about the next generation. In this book, syndicated humorist Dave Barry levels his pen at his son, Rob, during the time from when Rob was 11 through senior year in high school. 'Parenthood is not unlike the Space Mountain ride at Disney World . . . .' It has its ups and downs and its unexpected moments. The book continues in that vein. The gags are highly concentrated into Rob's difficulties with getting out of bed in the morning, loud music (that's the title reference), driving, vacations, ski trips, projects, science fair preparations, help with school work, becoming interested in girls, toys, video games, television, sneakers, clothes, and expenses. Rather than being grouped in some logical order, they just sort of show up randomly. To me, much of the humor depends on being Dave Barry, being there, or seeing an image of the situation. Cartoons would have helped. As it was, I found the book light, but never really did start to laugh. Rob comes across as a normal, healthy young man making fine progress in growing up. Most would take delight in having such a son. I think the humor would have been improved if it had been aimed more powerfully at Mr. Barry. He does point out his own limitations (with school work, in skiing down slopes, and in keeping up with the newest trends), but the put-downs are mostly aimed at Rob. As such, I often found them to sound like whining rather than humor. For example, the reason that adults have sexual relations not very often is because children discover they need help with projects after 11:00 at night. Okay, that may have happened once in a while . . . but I think that the point would have been funnier if it focused on the way that some teachers now assign homework projects that can only be done by having the student and two parents work for hours. There are often funny things that happen in those projects that could have provided humor. The other direction Mr. Barry could have gone in would have required Rodney Dangerfield style one-liners. Mr. Barry's style lends itself to that approach, but his writing isn't quite terse enough to pull it off. If you are frustrated with your son, this book can do you some good by helping you realize that what's going on is normal. If you are looking for a good humor book, I'd look elsewhere. In the meantime, you can have a few laughs if you think about how your father would have described you when you were a teenager (using humorous concepts). That perspective may help you be more understanding with your teenager. Enjoy being a parent! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution