Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review: 'The TERRIBLE Two's' by Dan Alatorre

Author and humorist Dan Alatorre became a first-time dad at the age of 47 - a daughter by the name of Savvy. His comedic debut book "Savvy Stories" tells humorous tales about a loving dad who sees the magic in children, and isn't a bumbling stooge about changing diapers like some TV sitcom. Dan was born in Ohio, and graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida before earning an MBA from Tampa College. Dan, Michele and Savvy live in the Tampa area.

Beware! There is a problem with reading Dan Alatorre's book - Savvy Stories Series: They are addicting. Few writers today have that keen gift for fining the humor in challenging situations and Dan has a secure place at the top of the heap for comedic writing. He knows how youngsters think, and better ye he knows how to appreciate their joyful outlook ...and wisdom.

For those who have enjoyed Dan’s other books (THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A QUICK TRIP TO BUYMART, SAVVY STORIES Volume 1, SANTA MAYBE?, POGGIBONSI, AN ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER, NIGHT OF THE COLONOSCOPY, etc) be aware that this is volume 2 of his Savvy Stories. Not that it makes a difference in the order in which you read them, it is juts that as we travel through Dan’s father experiences he just gets funnier – and wiser. The focus of this book as the title suggests is Savvy’s second year. But perhaps a chapter listing is a better guide: The Wonderful Two’s?, The Honesty Of A Two Year Old, Part 1: Child Proof Door Knob Covers, The Honesty Of A Two Year Old, Part 2: The Cat Feeding Disaster, The Honesty Of A Two Year Old, Part 3: The Sharpie Incident Chapter 5: The Honesty Of A Two Year Old, Part 4: Self Inflicted Haircut, The Honesty Of A Two Year Old, Part 5: The Spray Bottle Situation, Hospital Happy New Year, Holey Cannolis, Daddy’s (Sneaky) Little Girl, Almost Three – We All Made It!, Special Cakes, And They All lived Happily Ever After. That is a fairly solid tour guide, but the joy in reading Dan is the warmly hilariously yet tender manner in which he discusses the ‘nuances’ of fatherhood.

A little for example section sucks you in: ‘Swim Lessons - We signed Savvy up for swim classes. We have a pool, and even though it has a safety fence around it, we figured it was probably a good idea that she knows how to swim just in case. In Florida, there is a pond or a pool every twenty feet. It’s hard to estimate how well a little kid is doing at something when they are so young. At 18 months, they may lack the proper knowledge and coordination, and you don’t know if the information is really being understood. Then last night Savvy was teaching the dog’s chew-toy monkey how to swim across the carpet: Reach and pull! Reach and pull! I guess she’s getting it.’

You gotta love this guy! Read and guffaw and tear up a little if your kids are past this stage. Grady Harp, August 17
This books free on Kindle Unlimited.

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