Beware: This book will make you laugh out loud and you’ll want to read excerpts from every second page to anyone standing near you. You might want to warn your nearest and dearest.
I bought Katie Kirby’s second book, The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams (aged 2 1/4), while we were in the middle of renovating our house. I’d made so many decisions and plans that my brain was ready to explode and I couldn’t face reading a regular novel.
The diary of a toddler seemed to just about fit with how much brain power I had available.
If you’ve got a deranged toddler in the house, 2-year-old Archie Adams will probably be very familiar and make you feel better about parenting in general.
If your deranged toddlers have grown up and you’re getting clucky over all your friends’ newborns, Archie Adams will be an excellent contraceptive.
WTF is Hurrah for Gin?
If you already follow Katie Kirby’s Hurrah for Gin blog, all you need to know is:
- She writes books now
- Yes, they’re every bit as funny as her social media and blog.
If you don’t know Hurrah for Gin, here’s a taster:
Who the hell is Archie Adams?
No, Archie Adams is not Katie Kirby’s son. He’s a fictional conglomerate of all the worst excesses of toddlerdom. Usefully, he introduces himself at the start of his diary thus:
- I am 2 1/4 years old – I know not much of this arbitrary thing called ‘age’, only that it is mostly used as a weapon against me and all the things I cannot do – use big-boy scissors, drive a car, drink beer, attend an all-night rave, etc.
- Things that make me feel happy… Public nudity, mindless violence and Kinder Surprises.
- Things that make me feel sad… Broken snacks, the concept of sharing, and getting crap toys in aforementioned Kinder Surprises.
- Favourite foods… I am a strict follower of the trendy #BeigeFoodDiet.
You’ll love The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams (aged 2 1/4) if real parenting, mildly excessive alcohol consumption and a little sweariness floats your boat.