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Science of Parenthood. Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations



Original Language: English (USA) | 248 pp. | November 2015

2 Seas Represents: World rights Excl North America

Rights sold: China (Wuhan University Press), Vietnam (Tre Publishing House), Taiwan (Heliopolis Culture Group)

Gold Award in the category Parenting/Family at the IBPAs Ben Franklin awards

Foreword Reviews’ Silver IndieFab Award for Humor!
Close to 5,000 copies sold!


Full color | 7.5 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches

“… a genuinely original, entertaining and enlightening book that even non-parent types can enjoy.” — Psychology Today

“The real-life, non-sugar-coated guide to parenting that you should give (or get) as your next baby shower gift … the must-have book for the modern and pregnant Millennials.”  — Playground Magazine

“Beautifully produced. Funny.” — Brain, Child Magazine

“If you’ve spent longer than a Facebook newsfeed swipe online looking at the best memes and posts from mom and dad blogs, then you’ve seen most parenting jokes—until now. Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler have gone above and beyond the usual ‘kids are difficult’ trope and bring us a fresh, brilliant, and thoroughly entertaining book in Science of Parenthood.” — The Good Men Project

Voted Funniest Parents of 2015 — TODAYParents

Named one of the Top 10 Great Sanity-Saving Books for Moms — Brain, Child Magazine

Named one of the Top 10 Parenting Books That Belong On Your Holiday Wish List — Scary Mommy

Named a finalist in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards and Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards

Based on Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler’s popular illustrated humor blogScience of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations takes the duo’s mix of high-brow science and low-brow humor to a whole new level. Using their trademark brand of quirky, witty humor, and bolstered by their signature cartoons, Dworkin-McDaniel and Ziegler dig deep into the core sciences―biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics―to provide tongue-in-cheek “explanations” for the ridiculous situations otherwise capable adults find themselves in as a result of birthing and caring for tiny humans. Anyone who’s ever wondered why the kid who plays Minecraft for hours can’t sit still for ten damn minutes to finish a math worksheet; who’s marveled at how their toddler always picks the most inopportune moment to poop; or who’s despaired of ever showering, sleeping, or finding a moment’s peace again will find this book a hilarious, enlightening, and relatable read.

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Blending their trademark wit and brightly colored cartoons with flow charts, infographics and the kind of higher math typically seen only on physicists’ whiteboards, Science of Parenthood answers such mystifying questions as:

*  Why do children grow up so fast, yet Candy Land drags on so s-l-o-w-l-y?
*  Why must children sleep perpendicular to any adult laying down with them?
*  Are construction-grade headphones an acceptable baby shower gift?
*  How many tequila shots does it take to get through an episode of Caillou?

It’s been said (by Norine and Jessica actually) that raising kids defies all reason, logic and most of the laws of the universe. Science of Parenthood is simply required reading for any parent who has despaired of ever showering, sleeping or excavating their living room from layers of primary-colored plastic toys again.

Further praise for Science of Parenthood:

“The perfect field manual for all the parents out there who can do nothing else with their day but laugh.” — Mehmet Oz, MD, father, grandfather and Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show.

“With riotous drawings, pie charts, and probability tables, this full-color offering will appeal to moms and dads who are often mystified by their own children. Very clever.” — Library Journal

“Once you become a parent, you learn almost immediately that you don’t know anything. This hilarious book proves it.” — Roz Chast, New York Times best-selling author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

“Educational and entertaining! Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler are like the Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson of parenting . . . minus the fancy neckties.”—David Vienna, author of Calm The F*ck Down: The Only Parenting Technique You’ll Ever Need

“Adapt or die. Those are pretty much the only two real choices a person has once he or she becomes a parent. Because the only things we know for sure about this life are that it changes, and it ends. Science of Parenthood supplies parents with a heap of what is necessary to adapt and adapt some more and keep on adapting: Humor. Because if you don’t laugh, you’ll die. No, I didn’t mean to say Cry. Obviously there is a lot of crying in life. And poop. Lots of poop. But if you don’t laugh your way through this emotionally and physically messy world of family life, you won’t survive. So, if you don’t want to die, you had better buy this book.” —Nicole Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind

“Science of Parenthood is laugh-out-loud funny in a totally not-daunting format—sorry, every other unread book on my nightstand! If there’s a parent around who doesn’t love this book, I don’t want to know them!” — Jill Smokler, New York Times best-selling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy

“Move over What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Science of Parenthood has the real truth about the joys, challenges, and completely unpredictable moments of parenting. Equal parts relatable, honest, accurate, and laugh-out-loud funny, Science of Parenthood is a must-read for anyone who has ever given birth, is pregnant, or is even thinking of having a baby. And if this last one is you, good luck. You’ll need it.”—Tracy Beckerman, nationally syndicated columnist and author of Lost in Suburbia

“For these two ladies, parenting IS a science. Luckily, they put plenty of humor with it, so the class clowns like me can actually understand just what the heck they’re talking about!”—Jen Mann, New York Times bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

“Hysterical, informative, and therapeutic.”—Jason Good, author of Rock, Meet Window: A Father-Son Story

“My only complaint with this book is that it didn’t exist before I had kids. If you’re one of the lucky ones who can get your hands on Science of Parenthood before your baby is born, it should be #1 on your wish list, before bassinets and burp cloths and those freakish contraptions that let you suck the snot out of its nose. And if you already have kids, get this book for the laughs and the assurances that, yes, the crazy, ridiculous miracle you’ve been going through is all happening exactly as it’s supposed to.”—Jerry Mahoney, author of Mommy Man: How I Went From Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad

“Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler deliver an awesome combination of hilarity and insight. This is the book Madame Curie and Erma Bombeck would have written together … if only they’d been BFFs.” — Johanna Stein, author of How Not to Calm A Child On a Plane … And Other Lessons in Parenting From A Highly Questionable Source







Taiwan (Heliopolis Culture Group), China (Wuhan University Press)