If you enjoy darkly humorous books for adults, add The Fireside Grown-up Guides to your must read list. Parodying classic children’s books, these grown-up guides offer a “delightfully deadpan take on the complicated world around us” and many of the pages had me laughing.
(I was provided with these books and included affiliate links so you can laugh as well!)
The Fireside Grown-Up Guides
- Consuming alcohol lowers the body’s reserves of vital elements such as iron, potassium, water, and bacon. Every unit of alcohol kills the equivalent of two inches of bacon, which must be replaced the next morning.
- The morning after consuming alcohol, you may find you are more sensitive to noise. Some people can actually “see” sounds. It is almost as if drinking gives you superpowers! While the effect wears off, remember, you do not have to get out of the way of birdsong, or duck when someone calls your name.
- The husband has a very big memory. He can remember football scores, all his old car license plate numbers, and most of Caddyshack. But he cannot remember what his wife asked him to bring back from the store. This is because his brain is full up, not because he was not listening.
- The wife likes to read romantic fiction. The books are a fantasy and an escape for her. The husband does not waste his time on silly stories. He likes to read books about things that really happened and tales of real men. Reading these will be invaluable if he ever has to land on the moon or be a Navy SEAL or help manage the New England Patriots.
- This is a mom. A mom has two very important jobs. One is to look after her children. The other is to do everything else as well.
- Gwen is having a little brother or sister for Shannon. Gwen looks at all Shannon’s old baby things and laughs. It seems so long ago. She has forgotten everything about babies. This may be why she is having another one.
- Allison has been staring a beautiful tree for five hours. She was meant to be in the office. Tomorrow she will be fired. In this way, mindfulness will have solved her work-related stress.
- Chris likes to practice loving-kindness meditation. This is when someone thinks of a friend, then sends them love. Chris finds this easier than bothering to meet his friends or lending them money.
These books are an American adaption of the U.K bestseller, and pairs images from beloved children’s books with subversive, laugh out loud new text. I’m not joking when I say these books are funny. I read them aloud to my husband, the whole time trying to catch my breath from laughter.