How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane by Johanna Stein

Review Edit

5 out of 5

After writing my review here, on Goodreads, and on Booklikes as well as sending out to NetGalley letting them know about the crappy ARC, I got a response from not only the author herself but from NetGalley.

I was sent a new copy, and was excited when I didn’t have to play find the other half of the paragraph!! How Not To Calm a Child On A Plane was much more enjoyable the second time around with all the proper edits in place.

After much consideration, I have given this book the extra star that it deserves. My only issue was with the editing, and since that has been resolved I don’t see why I should punish a book that has the ability to make me fear my own daughter and silently laugh while simultaneously clapping my hands like a seal.

This is officially my go to book for every baby shower that I have to power through, and definitely a re-read everyone my own daughter does something sketchy!

Thank You Johanna Stein for making me laugh even when I want to surrender and join the dark side of crying with the baby!

Original Review

4 out of 5

How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane was one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. There were times when I was laughing so hard that I was crying, and also times where I was laughing so hard that my boyfriend was shaking his head (he’s apparently use to it) and times where I woke up my child.

Johanna Stein gives a completely unfiltered perspective on raising her daughter. It was absolutely refreshing, if you have a child then you already know how some mothers completely sugar coat EVERYTHING. From pregnancy to delivery and onward.

Ms. Stein showed me what I have to look forward to, and I can say with all honesty that I am slightly terrified of my own daughter.

Thanks for that…

The only complaint I have, which has nothing to do with the writing, is the editing. It was horrific, I really hope that my ARC doesn’t resemble the finished copy.

If you have a chance, Google How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane… there’s a video.

I leave you with this quote, taken from the plane chapter.

“People file past us, with varying looks of pity and horror but mostly relief that they’re not sitting next to the kid who’s screaming like a mongoose that’s been stabbed with a rusty steak knife.”

This ARC was provided by Perseus Books Group, Da Capo Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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