Fowl Language: Winging It
The Art of Imperfect Parenting
by Brian Gordon
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Pub Date 22 Oct 2019 | Archive Date 15 Oct 2019
The world's finest parenting cartoon featuring ducks presents a comprehensive view of the early parenting years in all of their maddening cuteness and sanity-depriving chaos. In addition to dozens of previously unpublished cartoons, Fowl Language: Winging It is organized into 12 thematic chapters—including "Babies: Oh Dear God, What Have We Done?"; "Siblings: Best Frenemies Forever"; and "Sleep: Everybody Needs It, Nobody's Gettin' It"—each of which begins with a hilarious, illustrated 500-word essay.
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I really love Brian Gordon's cartoons. Ever since I saw them cropping up occasionally on Facebook a few years ago, I've been a huge fan. Through his cartoons about a father duck and his ducklings, Gordon touches on universal truths about parenting. And he does it in a really funny way. With swearing. This book, 'Winging It', is packed with more excellent artwork, plus little introductory essays about different topics. As Gordon's own children are older now (the same age as my own), the topics are a little more wide-ranging than previously. Now, we have a new focus on the bickering between siblings, arguments about school and musings on how quickly the kids grow. It's like he lives in my house! I knew I'd love this. It's very funny, totally accurate and yet also manages to capture the feeling that - however bad parenting is at times - you'd absolutely never change anything. Gordon makes you feel that you aren't alone in being driven mad by the little people you created. He also makes me feel better about my own (excessive) coffee consumption!
You had to stumble upon Brian Gordon's art at some point if you're a) user of social media who's a parent as well b) user of social media who's connected with parents. His short comics dealing with theme of parenthood are funny and painfully true, that's why they resonate with humans so well. Well, his humor is turned into a comicbook now with personal stories about different aspects of Brian Gordon's adventure with his kids serving as introduction to chapters. I find reading this book on my computer screen ridiculous since it's loaded pretty slowly due to heavy DRM protection, but I guess the final printed product will be a great gift or addition to your own library if you're a lover of Gordon's work. Recommended.
Ah Fowl Language...it should be getting old by now but its not. Reading it makes me grateful I dont have kids.
Great comic book about parenting. I really enjoy Brian's comics and I follow his Facebook page. I enjoyed the comics in this book and the essays about parents. I'm not a parent myself but I can still get a chuckle out of the stories. Very funny!
Oh my God I laughed way too hard and related to way to many of the comics that Brian Gordon has created for Fowl Language Winging It. What a funny and irrelevant book on parenting. Every new parent need to read this! I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback. #read #reader #book #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookreview #greatreads #alwaysreading #reading #ilovebooks #currentreads #bookaddict #booknerd #bookish #bibliophile #goodreads #readerlife #booklife #readandreview
I love this comic. The author is so spot on with family life. The illustrations are awesome and above all makes you giggle hysterically.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book, in exchange for my honest opinion. It will be available to purchase on October twenty second. Who knew that it would be possible for me to relate so much to a duck? I struggle with reading graphic novels, but I love a good web comic. Back in the day, I used to read Penny Arcade, and comics along those lines. Then, one fated night, long after the cranky baby should have been sleeping, while surfing Facebook in an effort to stay awake myself, I stumbled across two panels of parental hilarity. Finally, someone got it. Being a parent is amazing, a miracle, and I love every moment of it…except the moments that I loathe. Those times that everyone who’s well-rested claim I’ll look back on fondly? Yeah. This author nails my mixed feelings on those perfectly. The painful struggle that is toilet training? That’s in here too. That moment when I tear up because my oldest isn’t little anymore and why is he growing so freaking fast? Yep, this fowl little parent understands. This collection of parenting comics is fabulous. If you’ve ever experienced the joys and trials of parenting, especially if you’re in the trenches now and need a little tongue-in-cheek humor, this book is for you. Be aware that this fowl is a bit foul. He’s also funny and very real. Parents: pick this book up. When you’re done laughing, you’ll thank me.
I have been following Brian Gordon for a few years and have thoroughly enjoyed his Fowl Language comics. If you have children or been around children, you will laugh your way through this book. So many of these captions are relatable. From a newborn screaming and being a frazzled new parent to kicking them out the door when school starts back up. You will laugh because they are all true. Every single one. You will not feel alone. Each section is prefaced with a little write-up from the cartoonist and they are just as funny, if not funnier, than the cartoons. I highly recommend this book for yourself, any parent you know and new parents. Well, we may not want to scare them too badly. I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
I loved this comic book - for me it was hilarious. It is a great and entertaining read. I think every parent would find something familiar about raising children here and laugh about it.
This book is absolutely adorable. I didn't really know what to expect going into this. I am a mother and I also had a son who was colic. I laughed so much I cried. I only wish I would have had this book when my children were in their younger years. As a parent it is always helpful to know that the tough time you go through and the challenges you face are some of the same that other parents are facing. Must have for parents to be!
I typically read review books alone, but Brian Gordon's Fowl Language: Winging it caused me to laugh so often that my husband felt compelled to join me in front of my computer. Before long we were both chuckling, much to the consternation of our children who insisted we explain the content of every panel that made us laugh... To make a long story short, reading this book became an event in and of itself, a family event that left each of us thoroughly tickled by the everyday realities and humor that is so brilliantly captured between these pages.
This was a fun little read. I liked how the animals told the story of growing up in those short comics and panels. The art style was cute and it was a colourful and funny read.
I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in one sitting, sometimes laughing so hard that my stomach hurt. Brian Gordon's comics about parenting and life never fail to make me chuckle, and I truly believe that this collection includes some of his best work. I cannot wait to gift this book to my best friend who is becoming a new parent this fall - just so she and her husband know that some of these parenting things are normal and universal and funny :)
I have reviewed the previous book: Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real and am a regular follower of the author on Instagram. I jumped at the chance of reviewing an advance copy of this latest collection, and my review is completely based on my own reading experience. It is different from just reading the comic strips because there is more emotion in the introduction to the chapter in which the author bares his soul than in the comics themselves. Quite a few of them I had previously seen on the frequent posts so they were not much of a surprise. I liked the jokes, the writing but I liked the previous collection better, which does not mean this wasn't funny in its own way. I read it almost as soon as I had access to it and wrapped it up in one sitting. This collection might appeal to new parents, or parents of children in general even more since it might draw empathetic reactions and parallels to their own experiences.
I LOVE Brian Gordon’s Fowl Language comic strip. This book is fantastic. Hilarious. Relatable. Realistic. As a parent of a 20 month old and a 13 year old it’s so great to have an outlet like this to laugh and how perfectly imperfect I am.
Brian Gordon's Fowl Language: Winging It has something for just about everybody. The humor is centered on parenting but the appeal is not limited to just parents. I tend to not want much exposition in any graphic works I read, and this book has a very short essay to introduce each of the 12 thematic chapters. Yet in this case I think they helped to both make the book a more coherent whole and give it even more of a personal touch (especially for any readers who might not be familiar with the comics). So even what would usually have been a negative for me turned out to be a positive feature of the book. The obvious appeal is to parents, or in my case, a grandparent. The difference here is that I am far enough removed from my own experiences that I can laugh about what my kids are going through. Believe me, that makes it even funnier! But the humor appeals to anyone who has ever been around parents or, I think, anyone who has ever watched a sitcom on TV. The minefield that is parenthood is known to just about everyone so the humor will resonate with everyone. The difference will be perhaps the degree and type of laughter. For example, I chuckle remembering incidents from my parenting days but laugh out loud when realizing that my children are going through these things now. Definitely recommended for parents and parents-to-be. Even if you follow the website this is about half never before published comics so there is something new for even you. Give this to anyone expecting their first child and laugh maniacally while you do. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
I love Fowl Language! When I used to have an Instagram account I used to follow it! I feared a bit that it would feel old and something I already have seen, however, there were so many strips I was not familiar before. Which is a huge plus for me. There is not much else for me to say, other than if you are not familiar with Fowl Language it's something you should give a chance!
I follow Fowl Language on Facebook and love everything that Brian makes. His funny quips are so spot-on with parenting in general and it's always a treat when I see a new comic posted. When I saw that he was releasing a book I knew I had to read it, and it does not disappoint! It reminds us through all of our frustrations and joy that we truly are just winging it. As long as we don't raise total asshats for society, we are doing okay!
Fowl Language is a hilarious webcomic run by Brian Gordon – and this book celebrate some of the funniest moments in one nice compilation (one of several, actually). So if you’re a fan of the duck comics full of child focused humor, then this book will be perfect for you. Fowl Language: Winging It: The Art of Imperfect Parenting is everything fans could hope for. Some of the series best comics make an appearance here. Naturally, all of them have a focus on children or the comical side effects of having children. It’s a light and refreshing read, one that is sure to make parents all over the world chuckle (and even non-parents can enjoy it as well). I especially loved the organization within this compilation. All of the single page comics were group together in a way that fit thematically. It really helped with the flow of the book, and possibly even added to the humor at points. It’s amazing how much personality this series has managed to infuse into their ducks. Or how relatable so many of the comics are. I found myself laughing or groaning, depending on the subject. It was a delightful experience. Fowl Language: Winging It is a perfect give for any fan of the comics, or for any parent you want to amuse. Especially if you feel that they could use a laugh in their life.
When I saw this book I jumped on it right away. I've been a huge fan of Brian Gordon's ever since first coming across his comics on Facebook. Fowl Language was just what I expected. All the comics were super relatable and showcased some actual problems parents face but with a humorous touch. It makes everything much lighter to know your own struggles are the same or similar to everyone else. It's truly a wonderful thing to be able to laugh and trust me this book will put you right there. I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley and am leaving a voluntary honest review.
I have read and enjoyed Brian Gordon's previous work as well, True to his signature parenting humor, this collection of comic strips is very funny and enjoyable. Nearly all the situations illustrated will ring true to so many parents out there! I would like to thank the publisher for giving me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love these books! They always make me laugh and I can relate to everything here. Brian Gordon does a great job of making you laugh and the notes he includes for each section are heart-felt.
Fowl Language records parenthood in a hilarious and enjoyable way. Through comic strips, it documents the life of people once they become parents. A recommended read.
Illustrations: ★★★★☆ What pulled me in was the cover art. I noticed the ducks and it struck me as a familiar character. The colors and style of drawing meshed really well together. Character Development: ★★★☆☆ The primary focus was father duck and his relationship with his two children. A little boy and girl duckling. I gave it a score of three only because the storyline for the characters didn't develop pass the totally relatable everyday happenstances from father ducks POV. Flow of the Story:★★★★★ Great! I loved how it went in a very relatable order. My favorite was the 'school' section. As a social worker at an elementary school I laughed the most at this part. Font: ★★★★☆ Loved the font Gordon chose! Overall: I really loved this book and I would recommend to any new or experienced parents. I will add that this would not be appropriate for elementary age children in the school setting only because of the language.
This was a funny book about the joys and woes of parenting. It did have some foul language, but not bad since it is meant for adults. Each section has a page to 2 page introduction and it has several funny comics. It was a good funny read.
I love Brian Gordon's cartoons. Now that I'm a parent, I can identify with many of them. Not a fan of the alcohol parenting detresser attitude, but I can relate to the coffee.
I really enjoy this series. An honest look at parenting, the good, the bad, the ugly. As a child-free-by-choicer who adores her godchildren and is a fantastic aunt 2/3 of the time, I especially enjoy this series. Because Brian Gordon showcases all the parts I adore, and pokes fun at all the things that cause me to never want to have children of my own. This series is broken down into different aspects of parenting young children, from infancy to "dear god, would you please stop growing up so quickly". Each chapter starts with an essay, introducing the ideas presented via the strips. It's a lovely insight into his parenting that we get from the comics, but elaborated on. Brian Gordon isn't the model parent, but he's the realistic one no one wants to admit they are.
Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. As a parent I found it very relatable. I enjoyed it as much as the last volume, and thought the addition of the essays this time was a nice touch. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
I am a fan of this comic on Facebook and Instagram, so I was excited when I found this book. It was full of hilarious panels about what having a family is like. If you have a family, or are thinking of having one, and need a good life you need this book.
I laughed a lot and I think this a great depiction of families. Lovely and funny illustrations, great text. A very funny and entertaining book. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
This is an absolutely adorable comic even to someone like myself who is happily childless by choice. These ducks have a wholesome and very real family dynamic, and they are also genuinely funny to boot. Still make me glad I don't have kids though! HA!
Absolutely loved this. Definitely relatable for any parent out there. A must read for anybody who is also thinking about being a parent. The last pane/comic really touched me the most since my lil kid is going through that phase too. When she used to take forever to get to sleep because we'd need to read a storybook first, then cuddle. Used to test my patience since I work at night and the sooner I start, the sooner I can get it done and go to sleep too. But now the cuddles are shorter so what happens is I'm the one who lingers longer and end up falling asleep anyway. Everything in this comic is absolutely true. There are a lot of nuggets of wisdom in it that are presented in a funny way.
Brian Gordon has nailed this parenting thing. Or at least, the painfully honest - and consequently hilarious - way of depicting it. His latest book is a combination of spot-on comics and humorously insightful essays about everything from potty training to holidays. Gordon may be "Winging It", but we are so glad to be along for the ride!
I love following Brian Gordon's instagram page "@fowllanguagecomics & seeing snippets of his comics. This collection fulfilled all expectations. He organized his work to tell the story of parenthood in such an amusing and truthful way! I especially loved each chapter's introduction where he shares more insights behind the comics. A funny, quick, and light read. I will purchase this for friends, along with a bottle of wine, for when parent life get's tough.
Another hilarious, insightful look at life from Fowl Language. These comics manage to encapsulate so much of daily life - highs, lows, frustrations, and confusions - with some really expressive ducks. Even if you're not a parent, you can relate to their struggles and their feelings.
I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. I freaking loved this comic collection! The illustrations are great and it's funny. I don't think there's much more to say than that.
Fowl Language: Winging It by Brian Gordon is an absolutely amazing collection of funny and totally relatable comics. This collection is set into chapters and at the start of each chapter is an essay from the author adding a little extra to the book.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I am happily childfree by choice and circumstance but I enjoy reading these kind of books. This one is funny and the illustrations are very cute. And each part is very realistic so I bet a lot of parents can relate to this book. This is a quick and fun read.
Though I have no children, I have worked with them since I was 18. I have always appreciated that parents had them full time and whatever experience I had, parts had it 100 times worse. Fowl Language shows me this is true. So I laugh at how funny the content is and with solidarity with parents. I love that Brian Gordon tells it how it is and is so relatable. The ducks make it cute and not so relatable it hurts. I would recommend this 100 percent for a good laugh.
*funny and entertaining* One of those parenting books done well. The illustrations are funny and the situations that parents face are portrayed well in a funny way. But thinking about the situations that parents face, I felt like crying. And with these mix emotions of laughing shadowed by gratitude towards how much my parents must have gone through raising four of us, I was quite enjoying this book. And yes, I want more of this series. Kudos to the author and the publishing team for such an amazing book. Thanks #NetGalley for the book #FowlLanguageWingingIt
I have truly enjoyed reading Winging It. Coming from a single lady who is not planning to have any kids, I love that the author made fun on being a parent. Even after ‘perfecting’ one method with one kid, the same method will definitely not apply to the next. Laughed hard and re-read some parts again as its so entertaining.
Fowl Language : Winging it by Brian Gordon Available to Read and review on NetGalley If you read any parenting book this year make sure this is it!! Absolutely hilarious because it is true in every way!! From babies to pooping to growing up I laughed until I cried. Fantastic illustrations which are also hilarious!! Highly recommend if your thinking of having kids, had kids or related to kids lol!!! Rated 5/5 on Goodreads Feel free to add me on Good reads for more reviews https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/34299953-kirsty-noah-whitlock Or like my page https://www.facebook.com/My-book-reviews-111111053600905/
I've loved these comics every since they made the rounds on social media. Hilariously represent parenthood, and somehow the duck illustrations only make it funnier. Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Brian Gordon's anecdotes and stories on the journey of parenthood. The book was well set out, starting from pregnancy and tracking through the primary school years. The comics themselves were generally single frame pictures - more could have been done with them. But I definitely enjoyed it. Teens would probably enjoy the comics, parents will definitely relate. Very amusing. Definitely getting a copy for a friend about to be a new dad. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I am the hugest fan of Brian, I follow him on social media and retweet/share his posts often being a parent myself. With humour he shares the up and downs of the joys of parenthood, you'll find yourself laughing, nodding, nudging your partner to show them bits as well as having a little sob.
This was an entertaining read. A comical look at the ups and downs of parenting. And you don't have to be a parent to enjoy this book.
This book is brilliant. It perfectly portraits a family with kids. The shenanigans and everything you get when you sign up to be a parent. It is funny, quirky and heartfelt. Totally can relate to everything as a person who used to work as a nanny, cannot recommend it high enough. Every person should read.
This has been my favorite installment of Fowl Language. The comics are hilarious and spot-on and the chapter introductions have so much tenderness and really help the reader connect with the author and appreciate the comics more deeply.
In this age of online parenting shaming I think it's important for all parents to have a book like this to remind them that we are all facing the same challenges and none of us is the "perfect" parent. I enjoyed the short chapter intros with the author writing about his own challenges as a parent - they add a authenticity to the actual comics. I would definitely recommend this to parents-to-be as well as seasoned parents.
I'm a big fan of Brian Gordon's Fowl Language Comics, and this book does not disappoint. It is completely relatable, which makes it very funny. My husband and I laughed out loud reading these comics together. This would make the perfect gift for new parents!
I first encountered Brian Gordon's Fowl Language comics online, being shared on social media. Gordon puts clever jokes in the mouths, er, beaks of ducks, including an adorable yellow boy duckling and pink girl duckling. Many of his spare panel-style comics involve parenting those little ducklings. It is, as Gordon states several times in this collection, a challenge. Chapters collect several comics under a topical heading with a brief essay by Gordon. The chapters reflect the chronological stages of parenting, from "Babies", "Sleeping", and "Pooping" to "Siblings" and "School" to "Growing Up Too Fast". You don't have to be a parent to enjoy the strips--I'm not--but it likely helps. This will make an amusing gift book for parents of young children. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I have loved Gordon's comics online for ages and was so excited to see a book being published. I'm thrilled to say that I was not disappointed. It's laugh-out-loud funny and will be appreciated by anyone who has kids, knows kids, or was once a kid.
Parenting is hard. Ask anyone who has ever raised kids, or who is currently raising them, they'll tell you - it is damn hard. Anyone who disagrees is probably either childless, delusional, or lying. Parenting is a full-contact sport where the parent juggles multiple roles. Not only are they the players, but they are also the coach, the referee and the spectators. Also, since the kids keep aging, the rules are constantly changing. Sound like a fun sport? I swear most parenting books were written with the singular goal of making parents feel completely inept and like they are total failures. That is why the world NEEDS Brian Gordon and his FOWL LANGUAGE COMICS. Laughter is the best medicine. (Think Robin Williams in the movie Patch Adams ... If you don't know what I am talking about, you need to watch the movie ASAP.) It has been scientifically proven that laughing reduces stress levels which is where FOWL LANGUAGE: WINGING IT: THE ART OF IMPERFECT PARENTING by Brian Gordon comes in. The characters he draws might be ducks, but each comic is based on real world situations. Situations that most parents can relate to. It is this relatability that will have readers literally laughing out loud. This book is the perfect gift for any occasion, from baby showers to Christmas and Birthday gifts all the way to hostess gifts, this book is perfect. Also, if you are lucky enough to have still living grandparents, you have to buy them a copy of this book. If my Dad were still alive (Cancer SUCKS) he would love this book. Oh, and get a copy for yourself. Put it on your coffee table when other parents are coming over. It is a great conversation starter. I rate FOWL LANGUAGE: WINGING IT: THE ART OF IMPERFECT PARENTING by Brian Gordon as more than 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ *** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.***
I had a lot of fun reading this book. It was different from the other Fowl Language books I have read, but that was not a bad thing. Breaking it down into chapters was clever and the essay before each one was pretty dang funny. Every cartoon had that honesty and humor that always makes me laugh. Whether you are a parent or not I suggest you check this book out.
Parenting is rewarding and simultaneously difficult. Quirky reads like this is a nice reminder that no one is perfect. When you think you have it figured out, something new makes you feel like a novice again. The book is a funny stocking stuffer, baby shower gift, or just because gift.
Started this last month. But finally finished it and as usual these are super enjoyable and relatable. The distinction this time around were the essays before each section and those were fun to read as well because they revealed the author’s thoughts on it. I think everyone should read it. All those aunts and uncles as well and not just parents. Special thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this review copy.
This is a great book. I am biased. I have a couple of Brian's cartoons framed around my house because they make me laugh every time I look at them. And I don't have children. Think how funny this book will be for you if you are a parent.
I have always loved Brian Gordon’s work. I love the realistic approach to parenting in his comics, complete with curse words. I enjoyed that this book not only included his signature comics, but also included essays on the specific subjects at the beginning of each section. If you’re a parent who gets that humor (and a little cursing) are a must for parenting, this book is for you.
Brian Gordon has nailed this parenting thing. Or at least, the painfully honest - and consequently hilarious - way of depicting it. His latest book is a combination of spot-on comics and humorously insightful essays about everything from potty training to holidays. Gordon may be "Winging It", but we are so glad to be along for the ride!
Brian Gordon's art style is likely familiar if you spend a heck of a lot of time on Social Media. His family of ducks often feature parents doing their absolute best to just keep their children alive. In his new book, Fowl Language: Winging It, Gordon's characters examine what it means to be a parent and just how difficult it can be to get it even close to correct. The book is delightfully loaded with new content, and easy to whip through while sitting back on a Saturday morning in between the zillion events a parent has to complete on any given weekend. Fowl Language: Winging It is strangely comforting it it's suggestion that we truly are doing the best we can with the tools we've got. Fowl Language: Winging It is available from Andrews McMeel now.
I mean, there's not much to day about Fowl Language. I've been a huge fan ever since I found Gordon on Instagram years ago and I'm not going to stop now. He continues to be funny and clever in the truths of parenting and every day life. Recommend to all parents and people in general who wants a laugh or five. / Denise
'Fowl Language: Winging It-The Art of Imperfect Parenting' by Brian Gordon is a collection of essays and comics that will look familiar to most folks. This book is organized in to sections like Babies, Sleep, Holidays, and Growing Up Too Fast. Each section begins with a funny and heartfelt essay, then includes themed comics for the section. This may be one of the most heartfelt and honest parenting books I've ever read. The author admits his own faults and owns the fact that he is no perfect parent (but who is, really?). Some of the comics feel like repeats from other collections, but that doesn't make them any less funny. I received a review copy of this ebook from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
Preordered from the bookstore. This is another great collection of comics. Buy as a christmas gift for anyone with kids.
Another literal and humorous look at parenting and I have to agree with the author most of the time we parents don’t have a clue as to what we are doing. It’s a fun way to look at ourselves as we strut around being such proud parents while making a mess most of the time.
An absolutely entertaining look at parenthood...until you meet yourself in one of the comics! I've seen a few of Brian Gordon's "hits close to home" comics but I did not realize the number of times I'd recognize myself when I paged through this collection. Yes, it's a humorous look at family life but we can all use a humor to help make it through the day. Now I'm going to recommend this book to my reading circle and go search for more of his life illustrations.
Gordon produces a consistent quality of comic strip, both in illustration and quality of joke. This particular book is organized thematically and the introductory pages to each section add to the charm.
Fowl Language: Winging It The Art of Imperfect Parenting by Brian Gordon is here to remind parents that they are not alone. Parenting is hard and often gross. Laughing about it helps. This comic collection offers readers a comprehensive view of the early parenting years in all of their maddening cuteness and sanity-depriving chaos. The book features some favorites as well as dozens of previously unpublished cartoons organized into 12 thematic chapters—including "Babies: Oh Dear God, What Have We Done?"; "Siblings: Best Frenemies Forever"; and "Sleep: Everybody Needs It, Nobody's Gettin' It". Each of these sections begins with an essay by Gordon. Winging It is exactly what I was expecting, and then some. I have been a fan of Gordon's work for awhile and follow the related social media accounts. This means that I have seen some of the images before- but something about the style, humor, and honesty inherent in the comics never gt old for me. Too often I think parents are trying to act perfect, like they have it all together and know what they are doing. I have always felt like parents, myself included, are all just faking it and trudging ahead trying to do the best we ca for our families. I love seeing someone writing and drawing about feeling the same way. We all love our kids- but no matter how much love there is there will still be moments when selling them on Esty seems like a good idea. I think that being honest about having those moments is just as important for a parent's mental health and survival as facing the moments when they start pulling away and become more independent. There was a great deal that I related to in this collection- the sleep deprivation, picky eating, and sibling arguments most of all. I think most parents can find something to relate to or laugh at in this book, and will enjoy the ride. Winging It is an enjoyable and relatable read for parents and caregivers. The combination of love and frustration that is parenting is captured with honesty and humor.
I love Brian Gordon's comic and this book was no exception. Even if you don't have children, you will find many laugh out loud moments. I highly recommend this comic book and following Gordon on social media. Each comic he writes and posts will bring a smile to your day.
This comic book was so funny, with really clever jokes and pretty art! I can't wait to read more from Brian Gordon!
I really loved this book. I found it to be an awesome collection of a really hilarious comic. The humour and dialogue is almost always perfect. I also thought the reflections throughout the book were interesting, too. This is one of my favourite comic series, so I loved the book.
I absolutely love this comic! It is hysterical and entertaining! Anyone who has kids or who is around kids will enjoy this!
Fowl Language will never stop cracking me up. In some ways, it makes me want to spend more time around kids to see if life is actually like Brian Gordon describes it, but most of the time, I'm glad I don't have to deal with the issues presented. The Fowl Language books are always great for friends and family having their first kid. Let them know what is coming with some humor. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Author: Brian Gordon Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Publication Date: October 22nd 2019
Brian Gordon's "Fowl Language" comic is quite possibly one of my favorite comics of all times. I absolutely loved this collection, but I am not really surprised as WELCOME TO PARENTING and THE STRUGGLE IS REAL were both a huge hit in my mind. Definitely a comic that speaks to parents (or, in my case, "aunts") everywhere.
I was already a fan of Fowl Language before I read this book and I have to say, this just made me more of a fan than I already was! This is a really great collection that has some new stuff and some comics from the website. I don't have kids but I think anyone can relate to these comics anyway. Pretty much, if you like funny, entertaining comics then you will like this collection. I highly recommend it!
Brian Gordon's Winging It is a comic book filled with hilarious anecdotal jokes about parenting and adulthood. The author's wit and dry humour is perfectly matched with funny pictures of his family, drawn as ducks. Each new section begins with a short essay on that topic, describing the author's thoughts and feeling about family holidays, children fighting, sleeplessness, coping mechanisms etc. The comics are relatable and many are laugh-out-loud funny. I think you will enjoy this book the most if you are a parent or spend a lot of time with kids.
Ha, if you're ever up for a laugh, I will a <em>million</em> times suggest you go pick up one of Brian Gordon's <em>Fowl Language</em> comics. In fact, I would suggest just taking some time out of your day to just visit his <a href="https://www.fowllanguagecomics.com/">website</a>. And then go and buy yourself copies of his books for good measure. This particular one, <em>Winging It: The Art of Imperfect Parenting</em> isn't out until October, but let me just tell you that there are always some truly amazing pieces of comedy gold in anything Brian Gordon draws for the world. The truth about his newest book for me is that I've seen a fair number of the panels that make it into this book before. You can't really be an avid fan following his work and not have seen some of them. But fear not, there are a number of new comics that I'd not come across before, and ultimately you still find yourself giggling quite a bit for several minutes at various, often relatable, moments. <em>Winging It</em> comes with comics separated into several sections, each with a short blurb from Gordon himself to describe what inspired the following comics. It was a nice added touch. The real gem of this book, though, is simply that your purchase allows you an amazing and hilarious collection of Fowl Language comics to set on your nightstand and read any time you need a little pick-me-up. It's great to have his website available to scroll through on your phone every once in a while, but there's truly nothing better than having a collection of little hilarities to page through right before you're drifting off to sleep. I will tell you that Gordon's <em>Fowl Language</em> happens to remain one of the funniest webcomics I've ever had the pleasure to read. I had a lot of laughs while reading this one and I don't imagine they will be the last that Gordon brings to me. <em>I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.</em>