Tuesday, 11 October 2016


The international publishing phenomenon and ridiculously funny new parody series that helps grown-ups learn about the world around them using large clear type, simple and easy-to-grasp words, frequent repetition, and thoughtful matching of text with pictures.

Title: The Husband
Series: The Fireside Guide To ..... (Ladybird Books For Adults)
Authors: Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris
Genre: Hunour
Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: 11th October 2016

BLURB from Netgalley
Have you been having trouble with the How, Why, and Wheres? Well fear no more. The Fireside Grown-Up Guide series understands that the world is just as confusing to a forty-year-old as it is to a four-year-old. We’re here to help and break down the most pressing and complex issues of our day into easy-to-digest pieces of information paired with vivid illustrations even a child could understand.

The husband knows many things. For example, he knows how many stairs there are in his house—in case he arrives home too drunk to see them properly. In this Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Husband, you can learn about what husbands like (making simple repairs and then droning on about what a struggle they were), what he hates (being wrong), how often he is really listening (only thirty percent of the time), and many other enlightening facts.

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So after reading "The Mom" I know what to expect from this series of books. I am anticipating a good laugh about what "The Husband" is expected to do, as well as his likes and dislikes lol.
Again I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.
There's a "Husband" featured on this cover, he is doing what looks like a possibly dangerous little bit of welding, perhaps a little plumbing job. Perhaps he is thinking it's a "small DIY job". Would the cover make me pick this one up from a book store shelf? Yes, I think I'd notice it. Being divorced I probably wouldn't purchase it though!
So one of the descriptions of a husband is. . . . "The husband knows a lot of things, for example, he knows how many stairs there are in his house - in case he arrives home too drunk to see them properly".  Yep this one made me laugh though I was thinking back to being a young child hearing my dad counting off the stairs as he drunkenly made his way down them to our downstairs bathroom. I also remember hearing bumps and counting out myself the amount of stairs he had fallen down. (Don't worry he never seemed to hurt himself in this process at all!).
Apparently a husband likes,....making simple repairs and then droning on about what a struggle they were And a husband hates . . .being wrong, (Yeah I remember both of these from my marriage).
Once again this book has great wit, fantastic sarcasm, all accompanied by the cookie cutter photographs of a bygone era. I loved the photographs, the same type that were in my reading books as a very young child. That blissful, perfect image of what a family should look like.
I once again flew through reading this book, so it is a quick read. More to the point I would call this book a "gift book". In this case perhaps a future mother-in-law would jokingly present this to her daughters husband either just prior to the wedding or maybe during the speeches at the wedding. Or maybe this could be a gift to a female you know that is getting married. I think there's lots of scenarios when this could be an amusing gift. Once again the illustrations/photographs are great.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, it was an entertaining read. I guess I didn't feel the camaraderie as much as I did with The Mom book, but still a good read.
Would I recommend the book? As a gift book, for your friends who are husbands or are about to become husbands.
Would I read another book in this specific series/type? This is the second one of four that I have been given to review and though I found it entertaining, I think maybe the “Dad” one would have been funnier for me to read.

Would I want to read other titles by Jason Hazeley and/or Joel Morris? I have been taking a look at some of their other books, and do intend to purchase a few for my own book shelves.

An amusing read!

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