HATCHED! The Big Push From Pregnancy to Motherhood
As reviewed by the boss:
The author: Sloane Tanen
The schtick: Cheeps* used in coffee table humor book to demonstrate the hilarity of motherhood. Example: baby chick lies in half-eggshell asleep in crib, mama chick (which is odd; shouldn't she be a hen and not a chick? But I digress) is leaving the room w/ storybook flung to floor; caption beneath reads "Goodnight moon, hello martini."
(*Cheeps, tm = the marshallow chicks you find in your basket at Easter time)
If I had only one sentence to sum up my impression of this book, I would say "Cute, but definitely not indispensible." It's undoubtedly a fast read. Would make for an interesting gift to a mom-to-be. But take this with a grain of salt, for my sense of humor runs more to classic Mad Magazine, Molly Ivins, and South Park. You've been warned.
Less relevant, but really annoying: The promo materials were a serious turnoff, designed I'm guessing for that same demographic that reads the NYTimes parenting articles in the Style section and thinks "Ah Yes, I am such an Au Courante parent." Press clippings included a Vanity bio/puff piece on the author and her sister, who as it turns out are the children of some very famous and powerful Hollywood mogul, WHATEVS. Thrill to hear how the Tanen sisters are so normal despite their privileged upbringing, their education at Sarah Lawrence, blah blah yes, I have major class resentment.