Jason Good is one of my favorite writers. Reading his stuff I'm constantly like "YES! THIS IS ME!" and I am totally jealous at his knack of perfectly capturing the feelings of those particularly trying parenting moments and doing so with incredible humor. His writing has made me laugh out loud more than once, and helping turn an otherwise frustrating parenting situation into something that I can laugh about is absolutely priceless. Take this, for example, from his piece "46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might be Freaking Out":
His sock is on wrong.
His lip tastes salty.
His shirt has a tag on it.
The car seat is weird.
Because I love his work so much, I was so excited to read MUST. PUSH. BUTTONS! (published by Bloomsbury) to Jack, my completely live in the moment, impulsive, totally "terrible" two year old (very soon to be three year old) who happens to also be completely obsessed with pushing buttons, squeezing juice boxes all over himself, wanting to "play" my phone, just like the little boy in the book.
As we all lay on the floor the first night we read it, the kids clad in pajamas still slightly stuck to still slightly damp legs fresh out of the bath, Jack grew very quiet. Which is unusual for Jack. He was awake, yet somehow, STILL QUIET. Why?! I wasn't sure, but I kept reading, afraid to let the other shoe drop and break the spell that was over him. I quickly realized, he liked this book. I mean he really liked it. And I wasn't surprised, because he may as well have written it himself.
Told from the two year old perspective, it is a highly accurate interpretation of what is going on in their adorable little heads and it is so spot on you're going to be saying, yes, this is SO my child. Jack sat still, actually listening, throughout the entire book, and then promptly asked me to read it again, and it has since become a fixture in our nightly reading rotation in between adjusting his four night lights and "star turtle" and making sure the blankies won't fall off and also are not wrinkled. My older two kids love it too because even though it's in toddler-speak, it's also just really silly and funny, the illustrations pop, and my 6 year old likes being able to read it to her little brother herself, complete with goofy "two year old voice".
Jack and I give this book two thumbs up, and I suggest you bookmark Jason's site here too, (I also highly recommend another book of his, This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists) I promise you will totally love his stuff. Happy reading! xoxo