For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/21/2024
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Author Biography

Katiedid Langrock is a longtime children's television writer, internationally syndicated humor columnist and published author. She is the mother of two awesome kids and one terrible cat.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Children have a relentless and overwhelming purpose in life: to live, to grow, to learn, and, yes, to ask too many questions. From their waking moments till they drift off to dreamland at night, there will be an endless barrage of questions, usually directed at Mom. It’s a chaotic life for Mom: fielding the questions and demands while juggling housework, homework, work itself, and just the simple task of finding some peace and freedom to poop – alone. You have to be a mother to understand the implications and importance of pooping alone. Katiedid Langrock knows all about the trials and tribulations of being a mother and she knows how to make it into a story, one that will have you chuckling along at the weird reality it presents. There is a limit to what anyone can take. And, if Dad is around, put him to work dealing with the endless stream of countless questions and demands.

Katiedid Langrock’s picture book, For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad, is not a children’s book, even though it’s definitely about children. Or, rather, what children do to their caregivers. It’s told mostly in rhyming verse with bold, colorful illustrations. But, there are a lot of swear words in this story, making it more appropriate for the child in every adult rather than the child who’s still a child full of questions. After all, do you really want your little Einstein to ask you what f**k means? And why you can use it and he/she can’t? This is a great tongue-in-cheek look at motherhood, something that will ease the tension that builds over time, some days more than others. Just so mothers don’t feel alone in this endless treadmill of parenting, just remember, in most cases, there’s someone else in the house just waiting (one hopes) to offer you a break. Snuggle up by yourself, if you’re allowed, and savor this romping, lyrical gem.

Doreen Chombu

For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad is a picture book by Katiedid Langrock with illustrations by Michaela Clisson. It celebrates mothers and highlights their patience and need for personal space. The story portrays mothers in their everyday tasks, be it changing diapers, vacuuming the floor, or attending a conference call at home, only to be interrupted by their children asking weird questions or wanting snacks in the middle of the night. While all mothers love their children, they also require rest and space to breathe. They start to think that kids should ask their dads for assistance because they are not the only parent in the home.

For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad is a refreshing and unique book that combines humor and introspection to present the reality of being a mother. Many mothers will find the situations described relatable and comforting as they realize they are not the only ones going through this. Katiedid Langrock's writing tone perfectly captures the mothers' frustration and desperate plea for space. Everyone requires rest to maintain their well-being and sanity and avoid burnout and exhaustion. The narrative is accompanied by colorful illustrations that complement it and capture the characters' emotions perfectly. I liked the little details and the diversity of the characters. The families were of different ethnicities and in different locations. It should be noted that this book is not suitable for children due to its profanity. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it and believe that it is a great resource for mothers, who need assurance that they are not alone, and anyone who needs a good laugh.

Keith Mbuya

Parenthood is an exciting journey that is often filled with both frustrating and soul-stirring moments. But as much as most parents will agree that their bundles of joy are worth all the trouble in the world, the truth is that sometimes parenting can get quite stressful. Especially for mothers. Why are they always the ones on the receiving end of the endless barrage of questions from curious little minds? Why are they always the ones who are never allowed a single minute of privacy? Not even in the toilet or bathroom. Don’t youngsters ever think of asking or nagging their dads? Find out how mothers feel about this in Katiedid Langrock’s For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad.

If you are a parent to a healthy, demanding toddler, which is what most toddlers are, then you should be looking for Katiedid Langrock’s For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad. This humorous short book is a must-read. Langrock’s whimsical yet frank style of writing wittily captures the emotional rollercoaster mothers go through, and their well-intended thoughts about their parenting experience. The colorful pictures wonderfully complement the text, dramatically accentuating the encounters mothers have to deal with daily. Using depictions that are accompanied by (sparingly used) curse words, Langrock draws attention to how overwhelming and draining the role of a mother can be, urging fathers to give a helping hand whenever they can. Perhaps they too can answer some of their youngsters' questions while lying on the couch, and let Mommy have a little break.

Jamie Michele

For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad, written by Katiedid Langrock and illustrated by Michaela Clisson, humorously depicts the trials and tribulations of motherhood through a series of vignettes where frazzled mothers address their child's incessant inquiries and demands with exasperation and occasional profanity, urging them to seek answers and assistance from their father instead. From requests for snacks to existential questions about black holes, Langrock gives us an unvarnished view of a variety of mothers' desperate attempts to balance nurturing with personal needs and the importance of sharing parental responsibilities even when children naturally gravitate toward the 'default' care provider. Langrock's satirical approach captures the anarchic yet endearing nature of parenthood, leaning toward love and dedication in the face of the daily chaos.

I love when a children's book format is used for adult literature, and, as a mother, I was immediately drawn in by just the title of For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad. Katiedid Langrock juxtaposes the innocence and sweetness of childhood with the relentlessness of children's demands perfectly, as well as societal expectations placed on mothers to always be available and self-sacrificing. The absurdity of these expectations and the need for mothers to have autonomy and personal time are rarely made more clear than they are in this book. I loved the illustrations by Michaela Clisson, who breathes life into the scenes with a palette of bold primary colors and an artistic style that is in line with contemporary animation. Overall, this is a hilarious gem that will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to many baby shower gift baskets. Very highly recommended.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad by Katiedid Langrock is a humorous adult picture book about the complexities of parenthood for mothers. Kids are full of energy and constantly spout learned knowledge, ask questions, or want food or any of the other million things they expect their mom to provide. This book is a not-so-gentle reminder that, while most moms will gladly trade their freedom for the joys of having a child, there is also someone else in the house who can help, especially when mom needs a minute to herself or the chance to poop without an audience! Settle in and prepare to laugh your socks off in this brutally frank and honest look at parenting from a mom's point of view.

For F**k's Sake, Ask Your Dad by Katiedid Langrock is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Written in rhyme and with plenty of illustrations to prove more than one point, this is the perfect book for moms the world over, moms-to-be, and even those thinking about having a family and wanting to know what to expect. This is a wonderful example of how moms are expected to do everything while dad gets to sit and watch TV – I'm sure there are plenty of dads who pull their weight but this perfectly illustrates how mom is the first in line for everything. Kids are the most unpredictable and fulfilling beings on this planet, and this great book is the perfect gift for anyone. A kid-friendly version is also available, called For Gosh Sakes, Ask Your Dad. Great book, highly recommended for moms everywhere; especially good for reading when they get to poop in peace!