A User’s Guide To Neglectful Parenting and Even More Bad Parenting Advice

Writer and artist: Guy Delisle
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

For Father’s Day today, allow me to recommend to all fathers two books that will teach you what NOT to do when you are a father: A User’s Guide To Neglectful Parenting and Even More Bad Parenting Advice.

No, I’m not trying to encourage you to be a bad fathers. These two books are actually comic collections of the conversations cartoonist Guy Delisle has with his two kids and the pranks he plays on them. As you would expect from the titles, many of these are not exactly examples of model parenting, but most of it is harmless and non-dangerous stuff anyway, so there is no need to take the books too seriously.

Delisle’s dry wit and humour comes through perfectly in both books, which are pretty light fare compared with the acclaimed graphic novel cum travelogues he is better known for – Shenzhen (2000), Pyongyang: A Journey In North Korea (2003), Burma Chronicles (2007), and Jerusalem (2011).

I do prefer A User’s Guide To Neglectful Parenting over Even More Bad Parenting Advice, as it seems a lot funnier and less wordy. In both, however, he displays a wicked sense of humour, especially in his conversations with his children.

Delisle gives his daughter some pointers on how to draw comics.

Delisle gives his daughter some pointers on how to draw comics.

When his daughter gives him a picture she drew for him, he proceeds to critique it as if it were up for an Eisner Award for comic books. His pranks are equally mean (yet funny): in one story, he tries to encourage his son to handle a chainsaw, and then pretends to cut off his own hand. Hey, he did say these are guides to neglectful and bad parenting after all.

If you’re looking for advice on how to be a better dad, these are definitely not the books you are looking for. But if you’re looking for something light-hearted and funny about life as a father, then give Delisle’s books a try. Just remember not to follow any of his advice.

A User’s Guide To Neglectful Parenting and Even More Bad Parenting Advice are available at Kinokuniya Bookstores, Suria KLCC. Call 03-2164 8133 or e-mail ebd3_kbm@kinokuniya.co.jp or visit www.kinokuniya.com/my