Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blog Tour: How Do You Tuck In A Superhero (Review)

Editor's Note: My interview with Rachel Balducci was postponed indefinitely when her newest wee one, Isabel Annemarie (yes a girl after five boys), arrived a bit earlier than planned. So for now, the following is simply a review of Balducci's book.

It takes a lot to raise a superhero - you have to teach them about hygiene - yes superheros change their underwear, how to eat healthy meals - that move beyond corn chips and cheese, and, well, you have to learn when the squeals mean pain or laughter.

Just ask Rachel Balducci, the time tested mother of five boys. She's learned to tell the difference between squeal caused by a painful encounter to one induced by a fit of giggles.

She's also learned the difference between Star Wars characters - yes, there is apparently more to collecting them then simply knowing the character's names, as well as the importance of taking care of a Lego castle.

She's even found an appreciation - limited at times - for Chuck Norris and his crime-fighting activities on Walker Texas Ranger.

In all, Balducci has filled her first book with the many different things she's learned from parenting a group of rowdy, fun-loving and somewhat mysterious boys.

I decided to review this book, simply because little boys confuse me. Sometimes I feel as if the boys who inhabit my children's ministry program speak a different language.

This fact that is especially evident right now, as I try to design a mission trip t-shirt that will appeal to the four boys going on the trip, but not "gross out" the 11 girls who will also want to wear the shirt. - Apparently, most of my designs are "too girlie" for most boys - go figure!

Honestly, I have to say, Balducci's stories have truly captured the spirit of living in a house full of testosterone. I laughed out loud at times, as I read about her exploits with dinosaurs, Legos, weapons of mass destruction and a Yahtzee game that almost sent her over the "edge."

While I'm still struggling to understand the best way to minister to little boys, Balducci's book has helped capture the idea of what it means to raise young men in this century - and the courage and strength it takes for the moms who set out to accomplish this task.

I highly recommend this book! It could definitely be subtitled: the care and feeding of an exotic species - the human boy.

You will probably walk away from reading this book with a new understanding of how little boys think and feel about a variety of issues and ideas (especially when it comes to dressing them alike).

If you have a mom friend who is struggling to understand her sons, this book might just provide the answers she's looking for - or at least it might give her some hope for the future! (Or the knowledge that she is not on her own!)

This book will definitely be on my list of books to pass along to parents - in fact, I've already been telling people about it (it's that good)

Meet Rachel Balducci
Rachel Balducci is a writer and the mother of five lively boys. Her website, www.testosterhome.net, has been nominated for several awards. Rachel is a former staff writer for the Augusta Chronicle and has been published in numerous magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Faith and Family, and The Word Among Us.

From the Publisher
When Rachel Balducci looks for material for her writing, she doesn't have to look far. Her subject matter can be found climbing through the window, hanging on to the edge of the roof, and rummaging through the refrigerator. Here she chronicles the exuberant, awesome life of boys through bizarre conversations overheard, unbelievable rules she's been forced to make, and the many episodes of boy behavior that continue to mystify mothers worldwide. From the care and feeding of her team, to travels out in public, to their wide-eyed adoration of Chuck Norris, this laugh-out-loud celebration joyfully explores the sweetly wild side of boyhood.

Online Resources
Purchase it online at: Amazon, Christianbook.com, BarnesandNoble.com and your local bookstore.
Read an excerpt online: Click here.
Read more from Rachel's Blog: http://www.testosterhome.net (It's even got pics of the newest addition- baby Isabel.)

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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