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Our Top 10 Gift Books for New Dads 2011

12 Sep
Part of a new regular series, we’ve hunted high and low to come up with the first of our Top 10 books List.
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1. THE BABY OWNER’S MANUAL
In a Nutshell: You have one for the car, so why not have one for the baby? This compact Owner’s Manual is written in a humorous yet informative style for new parents trying to work out how to work their particular ‘model’ of baby. Best for men who could rewire the back of a telly but not burp a baby. This lays down instructions in a male friendly way! Don’t buy if the recipient is likely to take offence at being given a manual on how to look after his own child. It’s all in fun! Product Details: Price: RRP £11.99 Author Louis Borgenicht Joe Borgenicht. Dimensions 18.1 x 12.8 x 2.3 cm; Page 228 Pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE.   To buy as a Chocolate Library Gift bundle CLICK HERE.

2. THE NEW DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE: MAN-TO-MAN ADVICE FOR FIRST TIME FATHERS
In a Nutshell: Written with a humorous, military like tone, this book deals with the daunting prospect of Fatherhood. An A-Z style manual explains the nice and not so nice bits about becoming a dad. Funny yet informative! Best for blokey blokes who like straight to the point instructions, minus the fluff that surrounds a new baby. Don’t buy if he’s the sensitive type. He might not appreciate the barking tone. Product Details: Price RRP £12.99. Author Scott MacTavish. Dimensions 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm. 132 Pages. To buy this book from Amazon CLICK HERE.
3. MY DADDY COOKS: 100 FRESH NEW RECIPES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
In a Nutshell: With a new baby in the house, what better timing for daddy to get into cooking. This brilliant 100-recipe book by daddy video blogger Nick Coffer, is a great gift idea for a new father – a new project to get stuck into that will get mummy’s approval. Best for a man who wants to support his other half and enjoys being good food. Don’t buy if the recipient is of the old school variety. Actually do give it – he needs to change his ways now new baby is here!. Product Details: RRP £16.99. Author Armin Brott. Dimensions 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.4 cm; 288 pages; Published by Hodder & Stoughton (26 May 2011). Check out his very cool website which is packed with recipes. To buy this book from Amazon CLICK HERE

4. BEER MAKES DADDY STRONG
In a Nutshell: You never forget the tall tales your Dad used to tell you to get out of trouble. This little hardback book is a tribute to little-white-dad-lies. A great gift for new dads to make them chuckle. He could even try out a few himself! Best for young, cool Dads who like a laugh. Light-hearted and jokey, but with a real feel of nostalgia. Don’t buy if the man in question is looking for a guide with hints and tips. This is purely for entertainment value. Product Details: Price: RRP £4.99. Author Andy Riley. Dimensions 11.1 x 1.3 x 14.5 cm. 64 Pages. To buy this book from Amazon CLICK HERE

5. THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNINVITED ADVICE ON RAISING CHILDREN
In a Nutshell: Grans, your newsagent, neighbours, perfect strangers on the street. Everyone has advice for new parents. This slim paperback features retro illustrations and is a satirical look at babycare advice, with great quips like ‘boredom is good for children and encourages concentration’. Best for parents who are sick of hearing tips from everyone and anyone. Don’t buy if you’re looking for a useful present. This book is for laughs only. Product Details: Price: RRP £6.99. Author Alice Beaven. Dimensions 19.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm. 112 Pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE. To buy as a Chocolate Library gift bundle CLICK HERE.

6. CROUCHING FATHER HIDDEN TODDLER
In a Nutshell: As well as it’s clever title, this witty book for new dads is actually full of tips and pointers to help a new dad adjust to fatherhood. Designed with the new father in mind, there’s advice on everything from potty training, babysitters and how to remain calm when you’ve just been hit in the face with with pureed spinach! Best for new dads with a soft centre and a dry sense of humour. Don’t buy if the new dad’s not a booky type. Product Details: Price: RRP £6.99. Author C W Nevius; Dimensions 15.9 x 12.3 x 1.3 cm; 96 Pages. To buy this book from Amazon CLICK HERE

7. I’M A PARENT JOURNAL
In a Nutshell: Whilst not strictly a book, this gorgeous journal is an excellent gift for a new dad. It has space to write milestones and notes, as well as brilliant and witty quotes scattered throughout. Best for new parents that want to keep a record of their child’s milestones. Don’t buy if he’d rather read about it than write about it. This isn’t a book on raising kids. Product Details: Pride: RRP £11.99. By Knock Knock. Dimensions 17.8 x 24cm. 160 Pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE. To buy as a Chocolate Library gift bundle CLICK HERE.

8. CONFESSIONS OF A NEW AGE DAD
In a Nutshell: Canadian Journalist Paul is thrust into fatherhood with a bang, pushing his beloved TV and football to the side to make way for a screaming bundle. This hilarious book charts Paul’s transition from ordinary bloke to full blown first time dad! Best for the man who’s more used to cradling a pint than a baby. He’ll soon get the hang of it! Don’t buy if hearing someone else’s account of fatherhood isn’t quite what you’re looking for. Product Details: Price: RRP £9.99. Author Paul Rhodes. Dimensions 19.3 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm. 160 Pages. To buy this book from Amazon CLICK HERE.

9. THE BLOKES GUIDE TO BABIES
In a Nutshell: Blokes are funny things. Unlike women, they don’t think in riddles, they don’t need fluffy explanations and they like the facts and figures. Que a book that gives him all that and more when it comes to dealing with becoming a new daddy. This guide tells it how it is. Best for men who are new to fatherhood and want some practical advice, with pinches of humour for good measure. Don’t buy if the facts laid bare, very bare, isn’t quite his cup of tea! Product Details: Price: RRP £8.99. Author Jon Smith. Dimensions 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm. 216 pages. To buy this book from Amazon CLICK HERE.

10. MY DAD
In a Nutshell: This beautiful book is a brilliant gift to give to any new dad. The wise women at the legendary blogging site Mumsnet have rated it their best gift for dads 2011, we couldn’t agree more! Witty and funny, this is a really sweet present for a new dad. Best for men who like hugs – this gift will be a real hit when he reads it at bedtime. Don’t buy if your looking for a more practical guide – this is a childrens book. Product Details: Price: RRP £4.99; Author Anthony Browne. Dimensions 12.5 x 1.8 x 15.2 cm; 26 pages. To buy this book from Amazon CLICK HERE

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