Reviews for Honest Toddler : A Child's Guide to Parenting


Library Journal Reviews 2013 August #1

Twitterer @TheHonestToddler has been a sensation for over a year now, doling out advice to parents from a toddler's perspective. Subjects range from tantrums to special occasions to pets. For example, "Fish are quitters with weak spirits; They do not enjoy juice or hugs; If you feed a fish too much, it'll stop swimming with any kind of enthusiasm and go with the tide." Entries have the style of an overeducated, sarcastic brat in diapers, who pulls out the binky for the sole purpose of delivering an insult, echoing a fatalistic print version of the film Look Who's Talking. VERDICT Some "advice" is funnier than others, and this is unessential from a collection development standpoint.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 May #3

Thanks to large Twitter and Facebook followings, Laditan outed herself as the mind behind The Hon-est Toddler to write a compilation of the cheeky child's musings on ideal parenting methods. Far from being a basic parenting guide, or really any kind of parenting guide, Laditan writes from the perspec-tive of the toddler who is best kept in check with candy and immediate capitulation to any and all de-mands. She nudges parents to take a skeptical view of currently-popular parenting guides and child-rearing techniques while musing on universal experiences of little ones such as the difficulties of ac-cepting mom's alone time and social media's influence on toddler food and clothing: "When you shower alone, you hurt your toddler's feelings and damage her spirit," and "Pinterest not only distracts parents from their number one job, it directly hurts toddlers by threatening their lifestyles." Her self-indulgent little angel is also unremittingly anti-infant and discourages the acquisition of them. Laditan also offers realistic problem-solving techniques and snappy answers for questions that are bound to come up again and again. Parents who can recognize the absurdity and humor in everyday life--and are comfortable with their roles and choices--will laugh out loud. (May)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

Thanks to large Twitter and Facebook followings, Laditan outed herself as the mind behind The Hon-est Toddler to write a compilation of the cheeky child's musings on ideal parenting methods. Far from being a basic parenting guide, or really any kind of parenting guide, Laditan writes from the perspec-tive of the toddler who is best kept in check with candy and immediate capitulation to any and all de-mands. She nudges parents to take a skeptical view of currently-popular parenting guides and child-rearing techniques while musing on universal experiences of little ones such as the difficulties of ac-cepting mom's alone time and social media's influence on toddler food and clothing: "When you shower alone, you hurt your toddler's feelings and damage her spirit," and "Pinterest not only distracts parents from their number one job, it directly hurts toddlers by threatening their lifestyles." Her self-indulgent little angel is also unremittingly anti-infant and discourages the acquisition of them. Laditan also offers realistic problem-solving techniques and snappy answers for questions that are bound to come up again and again. Parents who can recognize the absurdity and humor in everyday life--and are comfortable with their roles and choices--will laugh out loud. (May)

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