Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How Do You Tuck In A Superhero? by Rachel Balducci - REVIEWED

ABOUT THE BOOK: (from the publisher)
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 rummaging through the refrigerator. Here she chronicles the exuberant, awesome life of boys through bizarre conversations overheard, unbelievable 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 Chuck Norris, this laugh-out-loud celebration joyfully explores the sweetly wild side of boyhood.

“Gear I Recommend For Life With Boys:
One Old Couch
Access to a large tree
Twine and/or fishing line
Duct Tape
White Hanes T-shirts, and many of them
Blue Jeans
Wooden Blocks
A Tattletale” (p. 179 )

The above list does not include all of the hilarious antidotes and explanations as to WHY you need these things for life with boys, but suffice it to say, it is priceless!! And very accurate actually! I am the mother of two boys, and counting my husband and the dog, I am one outnumbered female. Rachel Balducci is raising FIVE boys (not including her husband) and her book, How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? contains chapter after chapter of insightful, hilarious and poignant observations that she has made during her years of mothering these five precious gifts from God. I have laughed, and laughed, and cried reading her book, because I so totally relate to what it’s like to be the only female in a household of men.

I think Rachel has one thing totally right, and that’s the fact that she enjoys the “boyness” of her children. Yes, she’d like it if they were a little more intuitively neater, and if they didn’t mind dressing for public appearances without an argument, but she says it more than once; “…so much of what drives me crazy with boys is what I love most about them as well.” ( p 79) I loved her discoveries of what she finds in pockets during laundry, of the protective nature of the boys toward one another, the hilarious and creative ways the boys express themselves….I could go on and on! This book is priceless, funny, precious…just absolutely perfect for any woman who is tasked with raising boys!

A-men, Rachel Balducci! A-men! And A-men! How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift, or just a gift of encouragement for any mom with multiple boys in her home. This has been the purest and best entertainment for me, and I highly recommend it to you!

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.

1 comment:

Mocha with Linda said...

Sounds like such a cute book.