According to sales and special deals in local stores, online ads, calendars and, of course, Mom, today is Father's Day. Check out these books about dads who have taken parenting off the beaten path.
"Cheaper by the Dozen ," by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey:
Eighty years before "Jon and Kate Plus 8" and "18 Kids and Counting" there was the Gilbreth family. Good-natured efficiency experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth often used their large family as guinea pigs for motion-study experiments. Frank and Ernestine, two of the dozen Gilbreth children, humorously recount the family's true exploits and experiments. From tonsil removal to learning a language to taking a bath -- everything becomes an adventure with the Gilbreths' high spirits and offbeat humor.
"Father Knows Less or 'Can I Cook My Sister? '" by Wendell Jamieson:
"Why do we have eyebrows?" "Are rainbows hot or cold?" "Do nose hairs turn gray?" Rather than guessing or making up an answer, father/journalist Jamieson goes to the expto answer his young son's questions. "Father Knows Less" compiles the questions and the experts' answers, along with short essays on parenting. If you ever wanted to know the real answers to your kids' -- or your own -- tough questions, this one's for you.
"Anansi Boys " by Neil Gaiman:
"Fat Charlie" Nancy lives an unremarkable life in London with his stressful job and pleasant fiancée Rosie. But that life is turned upside-down when his father dies and Charlie discovers his dad was none other than Anansi, the trickster god. Now Charlie's troublemaker twin, Spider, is back in his life, and Spider and Anansi cause more trouble than ever. Gaiman weaves together African myth and a wicked sense of humor for an absorbing read with tons of twists and turns.
"Inkheart ," by Cornelia Funke:
Is your dad a good storyteller? What if he was so good that he refused to read to you for fear the bad guy would appear in the flesh? For Meggie and her father, Mo, this is reality. Years ago, Mo read the murderous villain Capricorn out of a book. Now, Capricorn has been after Mo to use his power for a dark purpose. Mo must take his family on the run to escape Capricorn and find the author to write a new ending to his story. This fast-paced, adventurous read is the first in a trilogy that includes "Inkspell" and "Inkdeath."