Lying to Children by Alex Shahla


A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. In this collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes, author Alex Shahla enters the fray with a delightful confessional celebration of family life told in stories from a dad’s unique perspective. Centered around the untruths parents regularly tell their kids in an effort to protect (or silence) them—from “Daddy Loves his Job” to “There’s a Jolly Fat Man who Brings You Presents (Assembly Required)” —Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love. 

Jan’s Review

I am pretty sure i got this book in a box of books that i won so their was a random selection of books in their. I doing my best to clean books out from my ever growing stack of books that i want to at least give a chance. I read the blurbs on the back on most of them and while most of them are not my usual read they all sound good. Some are like this one they are the perfect bedtime read as they are not hugely detailed or overly big. I dug through the pile and pulled this one out and decided it was time to give this one a go.

I ended up rating this one at a three as the stories contained are ones we all as parents can relate to we all tell these type of innocenct lies to get through parenting this little angels that we brought into the world. What made this book worth the read was the down to earth way the farther tells them to his children. I looked forward to seeing how each story held some sort of nugget of truth for his now college bound children to take with them as they headed out this journey of life.

My favorite by far was the last one as it the final story before his daughter heads off to college and it really gives you the whole perspective of what this dad who never emotional feels as he getting ready to move on from parenting children to parenting adult children. I especially thought the home depot science was most touching.

I not at this stage just yet i got a few more years before my only heads out beyond my home but i would like to think that he would enjoy a book like this for when he feeling homesick.

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