How to Dad: An Illustrated Instruction Manual for First Time Fathers (Paperback)

How to Dad: An Illustrated Instruction Manual for First Time Fathers By T.M. Detwiler, T.M. Detwiler (Illustrator) Cover Image
By T.M. Detwiler, T.M. Detwiler (Illustrator)
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How to Dad is the perfect book for new and soon-to-be fathers — because babies don't come with instructions (and if they did, you wouldn't read them anyway).

That's huge, because you could spend hundreds of hours reading thousands of pages on what you should expect when you bring a new life into this world, but you're a busy guy and you're barely halfway through this paragraph and already getting antsy. Thankfully, this book is a powerful weapon in your ongoing fight to get up to speed on what it means to be a father.

How to Dad distills essential tips and tricks for caring for your progeny (and partner) into detailed illustrations and simple descriptions of complex concepts as you can spend less time with your nose in a book and more time earning that #1 Dad coffee mug. Starting with the positive pregnancy test and covering every major moment you'll encounter through your child's first birthday, this illustrated guide includes expert insight from doctors and specialists as well as timeless advice from actual parents.

A written reference book could never hope to cover every aspect of what it meant to be a dad. That's why this one has pictures.

About the Author

Todd Michael (T.M.) Detwiler is an American illustrator, visual artist and designer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Men's Health and many other national titles. Through his signature use of clean lines with varied thicknesses, he creates stunning yet accessible graphic illustrations that communicate quickly and with purpose. He and his family live in Michigan where he is busy teaching his kids how to flip pancakes.

Vanessa Valerie Peña, MD, is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

Amy C. Buono, MD, is a Board Certified Pediatrician with a private practice in Millburn, New Jersey.

Praise For…

"This book is like a book, but informative and fun to read, like a non-book thing."
— Jim Gaffigan

How to Dad might become essential reading for new parents like the classic What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The illustrated guides to changing diapers, bathing an infant and even the best ”funny faces” feel like something fathers would return to often that first year. There are helpful, easy-to-remember tips for teaching children early language and positive, active play. There are clear, step-by-step instructions for things that seem simple, like handling a poopsplosion or swaddling the baby. It helps eliminate the trial-and-error approach most parents have to suffer through until they get the technique just right."
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"If you are thinking of an apt gift for a to-be father or a friend who has just become a dad, then think no further. How to Dad by renowned illustrator-cum-author T.M. Detwiler is the ultimate guide to fatherhood. The book is a visual treat for dads written by a dad. With his characteristic wittiness, Detwiler weaves in life scenarios to explain the finer nuances of fatherhood. Simply put, how to be a patient and endearing father. Right from pregnancy to delivery of the newborn, baby care, how to make your home children-friendly, and changing diapers, singing a lullaby, this book touches on all the aspects of fatherhood. The author shares tonnes of helpful tips, facts, and simple instructions. The language is simple and the book is sprinkled with interesting anecdotes and wry humor. By the time you turn over the last page of How to Dad, you will be a pro like the author."
Deccan Chronicle

"It is this graphic novel that lays out everything a new father would need to know through the first early days of pregnancy, including how to give a good foot massage and what are all the different baby gear things that you need to know about, and it's entertaining. It's humorous, it's a very clear — and anytime my husband doesn't know what he's doing, I hand him the book." Iowa Public Radio, Talk of Iowa's 2023 Book Guide

"The unique and amusing illustrations motivate the reader to read the informative descriptions. While there are plenty of joke books and coffee mugs given to new fathers, How to Dad would likely be appreciated and remembered far more." —The Psychiatry Resource

Product Details
ISBN: 9781948174909
ISBN-10: 1948174901
Publisher: Media Lab Books
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English