Ideally, children should have no toys at all. A wooden spoon, a saucepan and some imagination is all they need to grow into well-balanced adults.'
Here for the first time is the complete and illustrated guide to all the uninvited, unhelpful and frankly mad advice that parents have ever been given. We are all familiar with the kind of advice on offer from family, friends, passers-by and social services. Now for the first time, the best nuggets of advice have been gathered together. Thus you can sidestep the worrying chore of consulting the experts and create your very own pick-and-mix approach to child-rearing, happy in the knowledge that someone, somewhere thinks you're doing it right.
Illustrated with Victorian drawings, this wickedly refreshing little book will be a must-have for parents and their friends this Christmas.
'Small babies love fresh air, especially if it's cold. If left outside on their own for an afternoon, they always come in rosy-cheeked and pleased to see you.
Alice Beaven is married with two children. She and her husband have received lots of unwanted advice.
'This brilliantly simple book is the perfect tonic to all those unwanted, unhelpful and occasionally totally mad tips mums get ... hilarious'
'I laughed so hard that I became incontinent'
Like a cooling wetwipe across the fevered brows of beleaguered parents everywhere (who dare not read a newspaper or turn on the TV for fear of receiving yet more child-rearing advice), comes this delightful satire on childcare manuals, illustrated with mock Victorian cartoons. Read it and bawl (with pleasure) .
A genuinely funny and refreshing antidote to all the head-spinning, contradictory tips on parenting that new parents are bombarded with all the time.