Baby's First Tattoo

A Memory Book for Modern Parents

By Jim Mullen; Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9780743224451, 80pp.)

Publication Date: May 2002

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Description
The alternative scrapbook that documents a baby's" truly" important memories.
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THINK CHILDREN ARE THE CUTEST, CUDDLIEST, MOST WONDERFUL, SAINTLY CREATURES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. THESE PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. THEY HAVE NICE THINGS. THEY COLLECT FRAGILE POTTERY. THEY HAVE CANDLELIT DINNERS IN FANCY RESTAURANTS. THEY GO TO MOVIES. THEY HAVE WHITE CARPETS. PEOPLE WITH SMALL CHILDREN HAVEN'T BEEN TO A RESTAURANT WITHOUT PLASTIC SILVERWARE IN YEARS. THE LAST MOVIE THEY SAW IN A THEATER IS NOW ON AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS. THEIR HOUSE LOOKS LIKE IT WAS
DECORATED BY PEE-WEE HERMAN. "BABY'S FIRST TATTOO" IS FOR THEM.
For years parents have been buying baby books to document all the precious moments in their new baby's life -- Baby's First Tooth, Baby's First Haircut, Baby's First Step. What have been ignored for too long are those "alternative" precious moments that really should be written down, celebrated, and remembered -- Baby's First Projectile Vomit, Baby's First Tantrum in a Crowded Grocery Store, Baby's 10,000th Dirty Diaper. Otherwise you might forget them and think of becoming parents once again.



About the Author
Jim Mullen lived in New York's Greenwich Village for twenty years before moving to a farm in the Catskill Mountains. His fictionalized memoir of the experience, "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" was a finalist for the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor. It got rave reviews from the Washington Post, the Nashville Tennessean, the Virginian Pilot, CNN, the Cleveland Pain Dealer and the Baltimore Sun. The Rocky Mountain News named it one of their "Best Books of the Year." His spoof of a baby shower gift book, "Baby's First Tattoo" is now in its fifteenth printing. "Most baby books have places where you fill in the blanks for things like 'Baby's First Tooth' and 'Baby's First Haircut.' Mullen's has spaces for things like 'Baby's First Ritalin Prescription' and 'Baby's First Lawyer.' It's a totally different take on child-rearing." For thirteen years, Mr. Mullen wrote a column in Entertainment Weekly magazine where he regularly made fun of self-centered celebrities and their enablers. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, and many other magazines. Since 2002 he has been writing a weekly newspaper column for United Features Syndicate called "The Village Idiot."

Barry Blitt's illustrations have appeared on more than eighty "New Yorker "covers and have also graced the pages of "The New York Times" and "Entertainment Weekly". He is the illustrator of "Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) "by Geoffrey Koske and "The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn "by Robert Burleigh, as well as other picture books. He lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
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