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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published March 20th 2020
A fun book that pokes fun at the daily struggles of parents
Fowl Language: Winging It Brian Gordan
Brian Gordan. Andrews McMeel Publishing.


Did you hear that? It felt like a great disturbance in the force… as if thousands of parents just cried out in horror "HOME SCHOOLING? QUARANTINE? OH, DEAR GOD!"

Brian Gordon used to be cool and do fun things but then he had children and his whole like changed. Brian Gordon is the creative mind behind the web comic Fowl Language. He started the comic back in 2013 as a way for him to share his thoughts on parenting and fatherhood. The web comic quickly went viral (god, we're never going to be able to use that word again after 2020, aren't we?) and gained thousands of followers online. In 2016 he published the first collected edition of his comic. It was called Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting. In 2017 he followed it up with a second book called Fowl Language: The Struggle is Real. Fowl Language: Winging It is the third book in the series. It was released in October 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Fowl Language: Winging It is the perfect parenting book to read in 2020. As I am writing this review, my family and I are looking down the barrel of possible school closures in the future due to Covid-19. The prospect of having to somehow balance working from home full time while also home schooling my five-year-old has me freaking out about my poor math skills and hoarding paints and craft supplies. When I was a kid, I thought that adults were smart and had all the answers. But now that I am an adult, I know that none of us really know what we're doing. And that's what Fowl Language is all about. Parenting and adulthood is mostly just winging it and hoping you don't fail.

Fowl Language: Winging It is 160 pages long and features full-page colour illustrations. The book is separated into twelve chapters that each begins with a 500-word essay devoted to a different parenting topic. Gordon touches on everything from "Babies: Oh Dear God, What Have We Done?" to "Sleep: Everybody Needs It, Nobody's Gettin' It".

All the way back in 2016 I thought to myself, "God, what a crap year…" and then 2020 came along and was like "Hold my beer…" In these uncertain times, we all need a bit of a laugh, and Fowl Language: Winging It provides that. I follow Brian Gordon on Twitter. He has been busy producing more Fowl Language comics that deal with parenting children during the Covid-19 crisis, the panic we're all feeling about homeschooling our kids and how much fun it is being stuck in quarantine. I'm sure his next book is going to be cram-packed with lots of interesting stories from this hell of a strange year. For more information about Brian Gordon and Fowl Language please check out his website.
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Why? Fowl Language: Winging It is a hilarious comic book by Brian Gordan that shares the truth about parenting. It’s an imperfect art and none of us really know what we’re doing.
Cost: $19.99 - $32.99
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