Friday, April 30, 2010

HOW TO TUCK IN A SUPERHERO BLOG TOUR and REVIEW

HOW DO YOU TUCK IN A SUPERHERO?
And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys
BY RACHEL BALDUCCI

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Rachel Balducci looks for material for her writing, she doesn't have to look far. Her subject matter can be found climbing through the window, hanging on to the edge of the roof, and always at the refrigerator. Here she chronicles the exuberant, awesome life of boys through conversations overheard, rules she's been forced to make, and the many episodes of boy behavior that continue to mystify mothers worldwide. From the care and feeding of her team, to travels out in public, to their wide-eyed adoration of Walker, Texas Ranger, this laugh-out-loud celebration joyfully explores the sweet and wild side of boyhood. (Description thanks to Amazon.com)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rachel Balducci is a writer and the mother of five lively boys. Her website, www.testosterhome.net, has been nominated for several awards. Rachel is a former staff writer for the Augusta Chronicle and has been published in numerous magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Faith and Family, and The Word Among Us. She and her family live in Augusta, Georgia.

REVIEW:

HOW DO YOU TUCK IN A SUPERHERO? by Rachel Balducci is subtitled “And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys” and delightful it is! If you aren’t the parent of a boy or two, you don’t know what you are missing but this book will give you some idea. As the parent of a boy, I laughed right along with Rachel and this short, sweet and amusing book about life in the author’s home with her five sons. This is not a “how-to” book unless it is how-to laugh!

As Balducci shares some amusing tales about her life raising boys, readers will enjoy the stories and many will relate. For those parents with several children, especially boys, they will REALLY relate. However, I think even if you have no children, or one child like I do, you will enjoy this charmingly funny book. I also think that parents of girls will appreciate what is happening and enjoy comparing raising girls to raising boys.

I do think that for the most part, this book is more for mothers and so would be especially nice to have with Mother’s Day coming soon. However, everyone will enjoy reading about Rachel’s life and how she handles this clan. One thing she does is tell about her list of rules that she thought she never would have been the kind of parent to make such a list. The list includes some rules like:
--“You must never shut your brother in the refrigerator”
--“Spray paint is only for art projects”
--“Never play with fire”
….and some more specific like…“Do NOT hogtie you brother and drag him across the yard on your bicycle, even if he claims he is having a blast”.

I think that Balducci accomplished what she set out to do and that was to not only give the readers a fun and entertaining look at her life with all those boys, but also an enjoyable book where one can realize how much she loves her family. Most importantly, readers will realize through the humorous short stories the author tells that above all else, and no matter what the make up of your family is, that as parents, especially mothers, we know how blessed we really are when it comes right down to it. The very end of Rachel’s last story is one that I think will stay with you for a very long time. Win or buy the book and you will see what I mean.

Available April 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

2 comments:

bermudaonion said...

This does sound like a lot of fun! Raising boys can be quite an adventure.

Lisa R said...

Boys are quite a handful. I had two plus my little brother (age wise he was between my boys)

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