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The owner's manual to terrible parenting / Guy Delisle ; translation by Helge Dascher.
Publication Information:
Montreal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2015.

Physical Description:
191 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 18 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Le guide du mauvais père 3.
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Guy Delisle knows all the worst parenting techniques

Guy Delisle, the author of Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City and A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting , shares hilarious new comic strips that pay tribute to all the ways parents can drive their kids crazy, and vice versa, in The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting .
Slipping grammar lessons into bedtime stories, being challenged by difficult toys, and pretending to forget you even have a son: it's all in a day's work for Delisle. In The Owner's Manual , Delisle doesn't hesitate to make a slightly bumbling, fictionalized version of himself the butt of the joke, though his children often contribute zingy repartee and laugh-out-loud insight in the stories on display here.
The Owner's Manual is the perfect antidote to frustrating car rides filled with "Are we there yet?" and epic battles over homework. Delisle's effortless pacing and witty punch lines reign supreme here, making each vignette zip along to its conclusion.

Author Notes

Born in Québec City, Canada, in 1966, Guy Delisle now lives in the south of France with his wife and two children. He spent ten years working in animation, which allowed him to learn about movement and drawing. He is best known for his travelogues about life in faraway countries: Burma Chronicles , Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City , Pyongyang , and Shenzhen . In 2012, Delisle was awarded the Prize for Best Album for the French edition of Jerusalem at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Putting aside his previous career as a graphic memoirist with an uncommon knack for fish-out-of-water travel tales, Delisle (Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City) has embarked on a new identity as amusing parental anecdotalist (A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting). In his latest, Delisle presents a series of vignettes in which he endlessly annoys and perplexes his young son and daughter for humorous effect. Delisle has always affected a hapless comic persona, the guy who blunders into situations he's woefully unprepared for, and this time is no different. Only now, instead of getting in trouble on the West Bank or with the North Korean authorities, he's annoying his daughter by slipping grammar lessons into their nightly reading of Harry Potter or feeling insecure after his son outdoes him in piloting a remote-controlled toy. The stakes might be lower, but Delisle's clean drawing and sarcastic, self-deprecating humor are as finely tuned as ever. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.