Parenting: It’s Crappy … and Funny

Last September I shared what is still my most popular podcast to date: an interview with Amber Dusick of the hilarious blog Parenting, Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. Well guess what? She’s also written a book, which just happens to be called Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. And when I got back from my trip to Disneyland I was thrilled to find a review copy waiting for me.

parenting illustrated with crappy pictures book review amber dusickIf you’ve ever read Amber Dusick’s blog, the style of the book will be familiar to you. It’s illustrated with her signature crappy pictures, and features herself, her husband (Crappy Papa), and her children (Crappy Boy and Crappy Baby). While it’s familiar, though, it isn’t repetitive. The majority of the content is new, so if you are a loyal fan you won’t be paying for something that you’ve already read.

The book is a quick read – I got through it in a little under 24 hours. I laughed out loud frequently, prompting my eight-year-old to ask what was so funny. I responded in the only way I could, by saying that it was only funny for grown-ups. She insisted on reading some of the word bubbles on the photos, but the humour passed her by. This is as it should be. If you haven’t lived parenting, you probably won’t really appreciate the humour. If you have lived parenting, few books will be much funnier.

As you may know, I really enjoy sharing the love. Since the publisher sent me this book for free, I’d like to pass it along so that someone else can enjoy it. To make that happen I’ve decided to run a giveaway.

If you’d like my copy of Amber Dusick’s book, leave a reply on this post before 9:00pm PST on April 1, 2013. I’ll draw one name at random and pop the book in the mail, no fooling. If you could be so kind as to leave one comment only, it will make my life much easier. And good luck!

*UPDATE – The contest is now closed. Thanks for reading!

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  1. I would love to read it, I’ve been following her for about a year!
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  2. I usually shy away from applying for sweepstakes, thinking that someone else can have better use of the prize. But this is just tooooooo good to pass, I adore Crappy Pictures, have been following her with zeal since her 2nd post (word does travel fast when spread by fellow bloggers).
    Besides, I could not think of better book to pass around (once I have read through).

  3. I love her! She totally gets parenting. Our boys are roughly similar ages, so I feel some extra kinship, I think πŸ˜‰ Great giveaway!
    Chessa’s last post … DPP Day 14: Good BuddiesMy Profile

  4. Crappy pictures is hilarious! Amber Dusick has a gift. I might have to get my hands on the book even if I don’t win.

  5. I’m always looking for a new book to read πŸ™‚
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  6. I want to hysterically laugh out loud! πŸ˜€ Good review!
    Rebecca B.’s last post … Let’s Find Monkey’s Mom!My Profile

  7. BEST BLOG EVER!!! I am a Crappy Pictures groupie! LOL

  8. This is the first I’ve heard of Crappy pictures, thanks for introducing me to it!
    Sarah’s last post … Vancouver Mom Style: Black to BasicsMy Profile

  9. I love Crappy Pictures! I’ve been following her for ages now. Would love to read the book.

  10. Arieanna

    I love her blog! So funny!

  11. I’d love to win a copy of her book!

  12. Wendy O. says:

    I’d love her book. I follow her blog religiously. I love her writing and her drawing! She can always make me laugh! Sometimes, on bad days, I have gone to her blog to read a past post just to make my day a little brighter! πŸ™‚

  13. Krisha Collins says:

    Whoo I’dd love to win. πŸ™‚

  14. Robin Jingjit says:

    I can’t wait to read it!!

  15. Erika Williams says:

    That Amber is a funny lady!

  16. My wife and I love her blog, and can’t wait to read the book!

  17. Love her website – so hilarious! Would love to see more in the book πŸ˜€

  18. Amber’s blog is amazingly awesome. I’d love to win her book!

  19. I love Amber Dusick! Her blog makes me laugh daily. Every situation is totally relevant and typical of raising young kids. SO FUNNY!

  20. I love love love love Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures! I can’t afford to buy her book and would be thrilled if I could win a copy. Thank you so much for paying it forward!

  21. I’d love this book! Crappy Pictures is one of my fav blogs ever.

  22. Delora

    LOVE Crappy Pictures! Would love to win this πŸ™‚

  23. I would love to win this book! It is inspiring to see a local mom do something so fantastic, who knows we could be next:)
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  24. I found Amber’s Crappy Pictures blog through your blog and am now a big fan of both!

  25. Megan Smith

    I would love to win Amber’s book! She cracks me up!

  26. I am sooo excited that I might win this book! Amber is super awesome πŸ™‚

  27. Yay! Crappy book giveaway!

  28. I love Crappy Pictures and would love this for my coffee table, to share with other people as well.
    Janine’s last post … Sunday Link LoveMy Profile

  29. I first discovered Crappy Amber through your podcast and I have been reading and loving her posts ever since! I’d be thrilled to win your copy πŸ™‚

    Hope Disney was awesome!
    Dana’s last post … Vanilla Macaroon Raw BallsMy Profile

  30. I think this book is going to be one of the funniest books, ever! Her blog is awesome! And thank you so much for sharing the book with the lucky winner!

  31. I love this blog! It is much needed comic relief at the end of some very long days. Would love to win a copy of the book!

  32. Jennifer

    I’d love to read this book! It looks hilarious πŸ™‚

  33. ChristineW says:

    This seems like a good book to read with kids around – easy read in short bits in case the kids interrupt…

  34. I wish I could make the simplest situations so funny! I’d love to read the book.

  35. Her posts always make me laugh, I would love to check out the book.

  36. I love her blog. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one going through all this craziness.

  37. I would love to win a copy of Amber’s book, her blog is hilarious!

  38. I want a Crappy Book!

  39. Sapphyre

    Thank you for the chance to win this book for free. πŸ™‚

  40. I want this book so much!

  41. kirsten

    This would be an awesome giveaway win for me!
    I love her website!

  42. I would love to win a “crappy” book

  43. regina p says:

    mYgoodness what a great giveaway! Fingers crossed

  44. Love Crappy Pictures. Fingers crossed!

  45. I would LOVE to win this!

  46. would love to win!!

  47. I have a crappy baby on the way and can’t wait to see how my crappy experiences match up with Amber’s!! πŸ™‚

  48. Love Amber and her crappy pictures!

  49. Stephanie M

    Would love to win Amber’s new book <3

  50. Love her blog and would love to win her book! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  51. I would love to get a copy of this book! Amber is hilarious and my day gets a little brighter when I see a new post from her:)

  52. Woot woot! I hope I win!

  53. kylie ford says:

    would love to win a copy so all my friends can read it

  54. I’d love to read this book, I’ve been a crappy fan for quite a while!
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  55. Elizabeth says:

    Big Crappy Fan, would love a copy of the book!

  56. I would love to win this book, I am a big fan of her blog!

  57. I’m afraid I would read it too fast and then it would be over!

  58. i can’t wait to read this book! it sounds great!

  59. I would LOVE to win her book!

  60. I love Amber and would really love to read her book!

  61. Oh! I can’t wait to read this book, whether I win it or buy it!
    Renee’s last post … a Quiet Moment…My Profile

  62. I listened to your podcast tonight and saw this post just in time! I’m thinking I may need to get *several* copies of this book for my new-parent/preggo friends. Amber is freakin’ hilarious.

  63. Sounds like a fantastic book! I would love to win the book!

  64. Hoping to win the book but happy to hear about this blog and your podcast — looks funny!

  65. Even the title makes me laugh. Off to go explore her blog. BTW: thanks for the Easter bunny post.

  66. Shelley Young

    I have really enjoyed reading Amber’s Crappy stories and I would love to own a copy of her new (non)crappy book! She cracks me up because as a Mom of 2 (ages 5 & almost 3) I’ve been in many of the situations she’s been in and thankfully can laugh at her stories and myself over them!

  67. I love her blog. I’d love to win th book

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