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The Kid Dictionary (Book) Review


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Page Count: 215
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4/ 5

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A very humorous look at life with kids.

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It's a very light read.

Final Fiendish Findings?

The Kid Dictionary is a fun new book from a dad who has been there. Whether for yourself or a friend, it offers a fun and humorous perspective on life in the trenches of parenthood.

Posted December 11, 2012 by

Full Fiendish Findings...

“clandesdine: (klan-DES-dyne) v: To hide from one’s child while eating a cookie so he doesn’t ask for one too.”

Oh, we’ve all been there. In our house, I’m hiding chocolates instead of cookies, but the concept is still the same. No matter how much kids might shun pretty much any food set in front of them, if you are eating it – they want it. And let’s be honest here for a little bit – sometimes you just don’t want to share.

From bogarting sweets to hi-jacking birthday wishes, The Kid Dictionary brings humor to those moments, big and small, that seem to come with the territory for parents of every shape and size. While this book doesn’t claim to actually solve any of the problems it describes, it at least gives you a few chuckles out of the experiences, and we can all use that.

The Kid Dictionary, described as “Hilarious words to describe the indescribable things kids do”, seeks to turn those universal experiences of raising (or just spending time around) kids. Author Eric Ruhalter is himself a father of three, and he describes the inspiration for this book as coming across such standard child encounters like wanting to knock out all their teeth for a tooth fairy payday and thinking to himself, “There really ought to be a word for this.” Thanks to Ruhalter, now there is (it’s orthodontrepreneur, if you’re curious).

As a parent, it is easy to see that Eric Ruhalter has been there, and he’s not afraid to tackle nearly every part of parenthood. Mouthy teenagers and overflowing diapers make an appearance, as do button pushing and the contents of lost sippy cups, and I think that’s what makes it so relatable. These aren’t things you really think about until you have kids, and then it seems like they are all you think about. Giving them a humorous name just gives you the opportunity to laugh at it all. (Although, I might not ever be able to count to three at my kids again without laughing, now that I’ll be referring to it as “threemageddon” in my head).

As reading material, The Kid Dictionary is more coffee table book fodder than a summer read, but that doesn’t make it any less endearing. After all, we’re parents, so who’s got time to read more than a page or two at a time anyway? Each page contains a single word from Ruhalter’s imagination, along with the phonetic spelling and his definition of the word. There is also the occasional obligatory cute kid photo here and there, to remind you that you love the little dickens, even when they’re spouting blubberish (the incomprehensible, breathless stammering of a crying child trying to tell you what happened to her).

What I see The Kid Dictionary as is a great gift. Whether you have new parents in the family, or experienced veterans who can still laugh at it all, they will love turning the pages and laughing at the oh-so familiar moments described on the pages. In fact, even friends who aren’t technically parents will certainly enjoy the book if their lives include a hefty dose of little tikes. Preschool teachers, daycare providers, even those doting grandparents can enjoy a gift with a sense of humor. I even caught my own kids thumbing through it, and enjoying it.

The Kid Dictionary is a fun new book from a dad who has been there. Whether for yourself or a friend, it offers a fun and humorous perspective on life in the trenches of parenthood.


U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)