“We lay down on the sofa to watch a dvd titled’mother’s day,’but failed to spot the 18 certificate on the cover.A blood and gore video, and i’m under age!!”
“Mother forgot to buy the frisky fried, chicken crisps I like…What do I get? Vodka on the rocks via the umbilical!”
Parachuting,plane hijacking,dodgy Uncle,poisonous snakes and much much more shake hands in the life and precarious times of this unborn baby with his untrustworthy mother.If only he could escape his ‘padded cell’ and run off with girlfriend, Dara!!
The book is presented as a daily journal of an unborn’s experiences in his mother’s womb. Our unnamed hero began as the product of his mother’s drunken holiday fling with an intoxicated Scottish tourist. Unfortunately for the baby inside her, Sally Summers had no intention on quitting or even minimizing her alcohol intake. Meanwhile, at eight weeks, and despite a body size of less than an inch and a half, this little person would experience his first love. Dara Doo, the unborn daughter of one of Sally’s friends, serves as love interest for the next 30 weeks or so.
This is undoubtedly one of the strangest books I have ever read. It is well written and original. Bending has done his research and includes true week-by-week foetal development updates before returning his attention to his characters. There is nothing funny about babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome; however Bending’s wit adds an intriguing element of dark humour to a serious topic. I read on wondering how this little person would ever survive to full term.
By William R. Potter for Reader’s Choice Book Reviews.
Review by: Mariah Rice on May. 03, 2011 :
Amazing!!! Couldn’t stop reading it! Laughed the whole way through. I think if I were to meet the mother in person i would have had a thing or two to say to her about proper pregnant behavior though! Look forward to reading more from this author!