Books for Grownups

The Government Manual Series

Written with Matthew David Brozik, the Government Manual series consists of three handbooks from worlds almost, but not quite, like our own. Although all three books were originally intended for grownups, New Superheroes and New Wizards are entirely kid-friendly. New Pirates is a little bit saucier; if it were a movie, it might be rated PG.

The Government Manual for New Superheroes

The Government Manual for New Superheroes (2005) is a useful guide to designing a costume, finding an arch-enemy, and ensuring that your secret crimefighting lair meets local zoning regulations.

The Government Manual for New Wizards

The Government Manual for New Wizards (2006) is a useful guide to choosing a familiar, keeping your broom in good working order, and disposing of cursed objects in the volcanic fires whence they were forged. (IMPORTANT: DO NOT FLUSH CURSED OBJECTS DOWN THE TOILET.)

The Government Manual for New Pirates

The Government Manual for New Pirates (2007) is a useful guide to rum, wenches, rum, looting, rum, and also rum.

Have you ever read a parenting book that left you feeling inadequate and/or terrified? In other words, have you ever read any parenting book whatsoever?

How Not to Kill Your Baby

From writing a birth announcement that won’t attract the attention of kidnappers, to doing criminal background checks on the other parents before having a playdate, How Not to Kill Your Baby is a parody of every paranoid-inducing, crazy-making parenting book you’ve ever read.

“This laugh-out-loud hilarious book is mandatory reading for parents, and should be taught in schools as the ‘cautionary tale’ portion of Sex Ed. Run don’t walk to buy it, and if you’re a baby with lethal parents, crawl don’t roll.” —Rob Kutner (Conan, The Daily Show)

“If you don’t buy this book and then your baby dies, how are you going to feel? Pretty bad, I imagine.” —Larry Doyle (I Love You Beth Cooper; Go, Mutants!; The Simpsons)