Blunt and comedic, and voted best bathroom book in the universe by the Bureau of Better Bathroom Books*, these cartoon illustrated pages soften the sad reality for many mothers, girlfriends, and wives who have been hoping for change. The best anyone can do is simply grimace, shrug, and then perhaps smile. From diapers and driving thru fragile egos and toilet seats, this poignant yet tactless book will assist with that smile.
*Currently, to the best of Rick Dean's knowledge, the Bureau of Better Bathroom Books is defunct.
Author: Rick Dean
Publisher: Rick Dean Books
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Acquired Via: Author
Let me start off with a little story - please, humor me. It was a bit of an accident that I read this book last night. I have a huge review pile ahead of it, and I only requested it a week or so ago on a whim. However, I opened the envelope it came in (it's a very tiny book), and my grandmother took it away to look at it. Then she started snickering. I must admit, my eyebrows shot up a little. When she turned around to stir dinner, I snatched the book, and hurried away to see what was so funny that even SHE would laugh. Skip forward two hours. My family had gathered together for a birthday, and we were all sitting around the table talking and laughing. I was privately basking in inner glory because they were allowing me to read a book aloud to them! (These are also the individuals who ignore the existence of my blog and claim that I read far to much.) Anyways, there was only one itsy part that I skipped over with my twelve year old nephew in the room, but it was nothing terrible. He just doesn't need any sort of reason to thoroughly unleash his developing hormones.
To the point, Men Don't Pee Straight is a delightful and hilarious book that completely surprised me. I requested it in hopes that it would be similar to Why Do Men Have Nipples? (it's not), and I am so glad that I did. Rick Dean touches upon some common male stereotypes and explains them to the fairer sex (that would be us, ladies) in a way that we can understand. Anyone who is a man or knows one will giggle at Dean's straightforwardness about how males operate. Dean offers brief explanations on each subject, also including illustrations and little questionnaires that readers can fill out regarding when their man behaved as explained in the section. My favorite section - and the one in which my family laughed hardest - was about men being babies and the reason that they cannot bear children is because babies cannot have babies, not biology.
While Men Don't Pee Straight is a very short book (44 pages and lots of pictures), it is well worth the time it takes to read it. (I think it took me five minutes, tops.) I don't say this about a book very often, but I will be giving this book as a gift for bridal showers and anniversaries in the future. There is nothing especially enlightening about the book, but every woman I know needs a good laugh about her man at some point.
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected the outcome of my review. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.