Updated: Jul 6, 2021
Book Review by, Paris Chanel
My Dad’s Jokes Are Very (Terribly, Awfully, Painfully) Bad! is an adorably hilarious interactive-read-aloud children’s book! Written by witty and talented author, Jacob Eckeberger, this book is about a boy who is not only embarrassed by his dad’s “dad jokes”, he’s also tired of them! The main character spends the entire book trying to coach us on how not to fall into his dad’s dad joke trap. Joke after joke, he begs us, the readers, not to laugh or encourage his dad and this, of course, just made it so much funnier. My children enjoyed the book very much, but I’m sure they couldn’t relate. Ha!
I found myself enjoying the story just as much as my kids, but for more than the fact that the book is hilarious, it made me think about my father. My father was actually effortlessly hilarious and could have a room of people in tears from laughter when he put in the effort. This book made me think about my dad’s dancing. It wasn’t that he was a bad dancer, it was that he didn’t know he was a bad dancer. He was always the first one on the dance floor doing dances from the early 80s and sticking up his thumbs with every arm movement. I remember being absolutely mortified every time he would dance in public. What was so sweet about, My Dad’s Jokes Are Very (Terribly, Awfully, Painfully) Bad! was the realization that the dad’s corny jokes are actually one of the things the character loves about his dad. It made me realize the same thing. I would give anything to see my dad on the dance floor again. Yes, to make fun of him, but I really miss it and I adored it.
This story is so relatable, the illustrations are adorable, and the message is important. I enjoy stories the highlight the dynamics between children and parents. I made this a priority in my humor book, The F Word, and was thrilled to see it in this book. Our children know us well and warn their friends about our quirks before they let them interact with us. I’ve heard my tweens give their friends a list of things not to bring up (Twilight, Divergent, Martin, and the 90s) when they speak to me, or else I won’t stop talking. It tickled me to hear it because I was not aware that they were aware of my passion for those subjects. The message, without giving the story away, is that we parents are embarrassing! But our kiddos still love us. I know from experience, they develop an appreciation for the things about us that they find embarrassing. I look forward to more stories from Jacob Eckeberger.
I rate this story 5 out of 5 stars.
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