Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures (THE BOOK!)

parenting illustrated with crappy pictures book

I’m a busy blogging-mama.  The irony is that my own blog doesn’t allow me much time to read other’s blogs as much as I’d like.  Still, there are a few that I need to check in on at least weekly to get my dose of reality, laughter, and tell-it-like-it-is style without a Dr.Philism in sight.  Amber Dusick’s blog, Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures is one of them.

How this amazing writer uses her stick-figure crappy pictures to illustrate the hilarious but oh-so-painfully-true stories about parenting is genius.  Her writing is magnifique (!) but without her pictures the stories would not be the same.  While we can certainly reach back to our own moments in our head while reading about toddler diaper changes (Chapter 9, I handed it to my husband to explain the genius that is Dusick), there’s just something simplicity perfect about her stick figure pictures to help tell the story.

I’m so thrilled that Amber Dusick’s creativity has now turned into a book.  In bookstores and online today, March 26th, this is the book you should put in a gift bag for a new mom.  This is the book you buy your best friend when she has her first and finally gets it.  This is the book you hand back and forth between yourself and your husband, giggling over your favorite parts.

Check out Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures (the blog) and then look for the book in stores and online today!

P.S. One of her latest posts “The Quickie Window” had me smirking like a little vixen.  You’ll get it.


One of my readers is going to win a copy of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures!   To enter to win, just use the Rafflecopter form below.

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  1. Mercedes says:

    I would love to win this because I’m an avid reader of her blog since the very beginning.

  2. I love her blog! Her post about going to restaurants with kids made me laugh so hard! I’d love to win this book to share with new mom friends.

  3. I love this blog, as does a good friend. This would make a great gift for her!

  4. Linda Kish says:

    I have never read her blog before but it looks like fun. I checked out the book on Amazon and it is so funny. I need some good laughs. So, please pick me.

  5. Carrie Butler says:

    This is very funny! I would love this to read to my kids!!! LOL!

  6. Monique L. S. says:

    It would be nice to find some humour in the days where I feel like an epic failure as a parent. And nice to know that other people are going through the exact same thing as I am.

  7. Lee-Ann Sleegers says:

    This a book I have on my 2013 to read list and think i would be a great addition to my catalog of parenting books.

  8. Heatheran says:

    I absolutely love her blog! Would love to read the book.

  9. stephanie says:

    I would love to give this as a gift to my friend. She just became a new mom and is learning how to adapt to everything. I know this will make her laugh (something that I always try to make her do)

  10. Dayna Wilson says:

    Because it looks hilarious!

  11. Not entering, but just had to leave a comment to say I CANNOT WAIT to read this. My copy is pre-ordered and hopefully will arrive real soon :)

  12. Olivia L says:

    I’ve been following Amber’s blog for the last year and she is hilarious! I want to win this for me and my husband.

  13. Beth Gallinger says:

    I’d love to give this to my sister!

  14. Why not? Could always use suggestions/advice on parenting, who doesn’t?

  15. I love her drawings! So painfully true some of them…

  16. I’d love to win a copy! I can’t wait to read it!

  17. Wendy O. says:

    I love her writing & drawings and she always makes me laugh! I’d love to have her book!

  18. I love her blog! My husband and I frequently reference her posts when talking about our 3 boys.

  19. Krisha Collins says:

    Whoo I’d love to win, love her.

  20. Just the website content is so hilarious 😀 I would love to see all the new stuff in the book!

  21. See, another thing Amber does well- now I have this cool blog to follow! :) Plus I’d love a copy of her book.

  22. Love this blog…

  23. I love Crappy Pictures!!

  24. I need more laughter in my house. Amber is hilarious and I’d love a copy of her book!

  25. Robin Jingjit says:

    This is going to be my go-to baby shower gift from now on. But who can resist a giveaway? I loved her since the one about not sleeping all night, and the career server one. She’s one of us!!

  26. I love Parenting with Crappy Pictures!!! Amber Dusick is hilarious.

  27. Emily C. says:

    These stories are so true to life!

  28. I’d love to win the book as one of the co-chairs of my local mom’s group book club, this would be an awesome book to share!

  29. I love her blog and I have been following her since the beginning. We have baby #2 on the way and no spare cash for any extras right now. Plus its going to be my birthday in a few days!

  30. Amber’s blog is without a doubt one of my fav’s too! I’ve been known to read her posts twice, once on Facebook and again in my blog feed. I’d love to get a copy of her book.

  31. I love her blog! I go back and read old entries any time I need a laugh. She’s hilarious and ridiculous at the same time. Love her.

  32. I love her blog. I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. If I win it, so much the better.

  33. I look forward to reading it!

  34. Christel says:

    Not entering either, but just had to leave a comment to say i lol’d at. Imaginary Knife Fight.

  35. I love Amber’s blog and would love to have a copy of her book to read when I hide in my bathroom!

  36. I love Amber’s blog and would love to have a copy of her book to read when I hide in my bathroom! She is super funny.

  37. Julia Zin says:

    Love her blog and would love a copy of the book

  38. Am a big fan of amber’s blog, would love to read her book!

  39. Tania Smith says:

    I would like to win this because my best friend is pregnant for the first time and I think she’d love this.

  40. Megan Smith says:

    I found you through Amber’s blog and I would love to win a copy of her book! I am excited to start looking back through your blog too!!

  41. Would love to win!!!!!

  42. I would like to win this book because my aunt is pregnant with her first baby. And this is THE best parenting book EVER!!

  43. laura martin says:

    I,d love a copy beca use I lo ve ver blog: she dares say the things no one else does, and she males me laugh every single time!

  44. Amber lives my life: two young boys and pets, too!

  45. Audrey Jensen says:

    I’m with you… I have to check her blog at least once a week! It’s great!

  46. The coffee and wine post is actual genius! so true….

  47. I would love a copy of her book – she often brings tears to my eyes as I roll around the floor laughing so hard I try not to pee! It faces issues that most parents face and lets us know that we are not alone!

  48. ChristineW says:

    I agree that the stick figures are crucial!

  49. Me too – I try to catch up weekly, she’s hilarious!

  50. I’d like to win because your FB quote from the book was funny and now I want to read the whole book!

  51. Loni Gofran says:

    I would like to win because I need some laughter on the days my kiddo drives me nuts!

  52. I love the blog – I’d love to read the stories in the book!

  53. Love, Love, Love her! I’m expecting my first in May & her blog shows me all the fun I have to look forward to. 😉

  54. I loved The Quickie Window. With a 4 year old and a 4 month old that’s not a window that happens much.

  55. I’d like to win because I love the crappy blog and am too broke to buy the book! haha

  56. Her posts are too funny, I would love to win her book.

  57. I’d like to win because this is the type of humor that’s right up my alley, and I mean… who wouldn’t want to proudly display it on the bookshelf?

  58. Great blog and I’m sure the book is hilarious. Would love to win a copy!

  59. Florence C says:

    I just checked out Ambers Blog and it is hilarous. Was not familar with it before but I am sure I have come across some of the picture on the internet. I would really enjoy this book.

  60. Joanie Pape says:

    I just became a Mom to a very adorable, but needy baby boy! Whenever I’m nursing, or he’s napping, I’m reading. I’m always desperate for new material, but if I buy one more book, my husband’s going to freak out! This blog has been one of my favorites for years! Please, please pick me and make my long days at home a bit more exciting!

  61. Karen C Hill says:

    Always up for a good laugh – this sounds hilarious and oh so true to any mom’s life. Would love to be able to share a giggle with this book and my mommy friends

  62. I need this book since I’ve read every blog, I can’t miss any!

  63. I came here from Amber’s blog. Looking forward to checking out yours! Mommy blogs keep me sane… I read them every night after my 2 year old goes to bed. I’d love to win a copy of the book to keep in my bathroom 😉

  64. I love Crappy Pictures and I want this book SO.BADLY.

  65. I love her work and would love a copy of her book

  66. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    i read your facebook comment and you laugh when you read it so I want to see how funny it is then i will give it to my niece.

  67. Can’t afford to buy it…so I have to win it! LOL

  68. sarah stickney says:

    looks interesting

  69. I love this blog and I imagine the book is hilarious!

  70. I love her blog and would love to see more illustrated tales!

  71. cannot wait to read this book!

  72. Love Amber and her crappy pictures!

  73. I have a crappy baby on the way and can’t wait to see how my crappy experiences match up with Amber’s!! :-)

  74. I’d love to win because her blog always has me rolling! (:

  75. Stephanie M says:

    I’d like to win because sometimes you just need to laugh at parenthood!

  76. I read the Crappy Pictures website, and I’d love to win this book.

  77. My wife and I love her blog!

  78. love this blog and would really love to win a book!

  79. I LOVE Amber’s blog and would love to win a copy of this sure-to-be-awesome book! I also want to give it as a baby shower present to my cousin who is due this June!

  80. I’d like to win because I need a good laugh…my kids are teens now and it isn’t any easier!

  81. I’d like to win because reading about Amber’s experiences is cheaper than therapy;) And involves less tears!

  82. I am always in need of a good laugh

  83. Vanessa S. says:

    I would love to win a Crappy Parenting book!

  84. kylie ford says:

    would love to share this book around my mums group how generous of you to support crappy parents book love her blog

  85. I like reading parenting books and would like to read this one as it sounds quite humorous and a light hearted view of parenting.

  86. I am a huge fan of her blog, I would love to have her book!

  87. I love the blog and am dying to get more.

  88. I love Amber and would love to win her book!

  89. I would like to win because it look funny and honestly sometime my life feels like the crappy pictures

  90. I would LOVE to win her book because I can relate to almost everything she writes about!

  91. Haylie Langwald says:

    I’d like to win this book because I love parenting satire!

  92. Her posts make me laugh… really laugh. Not one of those tee hee how cute move along. It’s a HAHAHAHA kind of laugh. The kind my hubby looks at me and says what’s gotten into you. And I say you HAVE to read this!! If I don’t win I’ll be buying her book anyways. It’ll help take her kids to Disneyland :)

  93. Laurie B says:

    I don’t have much time for reading.. but this book sounds like one I could get into. Funny and cute. Would love to win

  94. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I’d like to win this as a funny gift to my friend.

  95. Shelley Young says:

    I love reading the Crappy stories so I’d really love a chance to win the Crappy book! Pick me! Pick me!

  96. I love Amber’s blog and I’d love to win this book!

  97. Amber’s blog makes me laugh more than any other – would love to have that laughter potential in book form! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  98. Terri O'Donell says:

    I would love to win this and give to a friend who is a first time parent with a new baby at home…. this may help to relax them some instead of freaking out about everything LOL

  99. I believe parenting should be fun so having a book to help parenting fun would be great.

  100. Stephanie S. says:

    I love the Crappy Pictures blog… I would love to win this book so I can continue to laugh at myself as a mom when I recognize familiar situations in her stories.

  101. StephanieJ says:

    I’d love to win because I love the crappy pictures blog and this book would make a terrific baby gift (once I’ve read it!).

  102. Viv Sluys says:

    The first time I read anything from Amber’s blog I just was going to read the blog post that a friend had put on facebook…. I ended up spending about an hour reading different posts. At one point my daughter asked me why I was shaking…I was laughing that hard. I’d love to win because I love to laugh

  103. Noelle Temple says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book because it’s an excellent accompaniment to “downers” (aka wine 😉 lol) at the end of the day. It also helps moms not be so hard on themselves on those shoot-yourself-in-the-face types of days. Like today.

  104. I would love to win! Every time I visit Amber’s blog, I plan on reading “just one story.” And then an hour goes by. But I’ve always got a huge grin on my face!

  105. Julia K says:

    I would love to win this book because Amber always makes me laugh (and feel “normal” about how my day is going!!!)

  106. Ashley Brown says:

    I’d like to win because I LOVE Amber Dusick. Sifting through the archives of her blog has gotten me through many a nursing hour with my twins. I already have a copy of her book, but I’d love to send my best friend a copy!

  107. Shannon LaRosh says:

    I want this book. I want to own it, hide it from my children, and read it in secret while locked in my bathroom.

  108. Courtney says:

    I love books like this! They m,ake great gifts

  109. Nadene Adams says:

    I’d love to win because her blog is hilarious and I can’t wait to read the book!

  110. valerie godin says:

    I find her stuff hilarious! Been a follower on FB for a while, would love to have her book

  111. I love reading her blog. I’d love to read the book!

  112. I think this would be great to add to my reading list :) Plus i also have a blog.

  113. Christy Martin says:

    My brother and his wife would love this! A book they can read bits at a time because both of them have very little time to do much but work, play and care for their 3 kids under 5.

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