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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 January 9th 2018
Kids can have hilarious comedic timing sometimes
Jeffrey Brown

One of the best things about being a parent is watching your child go from a little squishy potato to a little person with their own personality, thoughts and feelings. I had my first child in 2014. I loved having a little baby all of my own. She is three now and every day she becomes more and more interesting.

She loves swords but calls them 'Zings' because of the sound that they make. She is fond of dinosaurs and wooden trains but her most favourite thing in the world is books which she loves so much she pushes them around in a baby pram. She is always singing to herself and asking us a million questions and every time she tries to say hospital it comes out sounding more like 'hosbekel' which always makes me laugh.

Little kids are the weirdest little people and that's what makes them so much fun to be around. They're learning how to adapt to this world and watching them figure it out can range from confusing to hilarious to head-smackingly frustrating.

Kids Are Weird (And Other Observations from Parenthood) is another adorable offering from the bestselling author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess Jeffrey Brown. It was published in 2014 and sells for between $9 and $24 dollars.

It shares a lot of similarities to his previous books about parenting. It features the same sort of pencils and art style and comic strip design. The panels range from two to four across to full page. Brown picked the best title for his book. He has a talent at finding humour in real life situations. Kids are weird. But that's ok. They're little. They don't know any better. Growing up is difficult. And that's what this book is all about.

Kids Are Weird is about Jeffrey Brown and his experiences with his five-year-old son Oscar. It is not as humorous as his Darth Vader books but it has its moments. Kids have a very unique way of observing the world and that's what you see in this book.

Oscar is your typical five-year-old. He thinks he is very smart. He has a lot of opinions about how the world works. He is very curious and wants answers to his questions. And most hilariously of all he has absolutely no filter. He says what he thinks. He doesn't pause to think if what he is saying might be rude or inappropriate.

He's funny. He's weird. He's a typical kid.

And a pleasure to read about.
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Why? Jeffrey Brown's observations about parenthood coupled with his adorable illustrations will make anyone who has ever spent more than five minutes with a kid smile
When: If you've read Jeffrey Brown's other books you will enjoy his observations on parenting
Where: Available at Dymocks and online booksellers like Booktopia and the Book Depository
Cost: $9 - $24.99
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