Elizabeth’s Review: Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and …
And no, this does not involve Steve Martin. Or the Duggars about 7 children ago…
How Excited Were We to Read This?: Probably a 6. It came with high marks from (surprise, surprise) my sister, but the subject matter seemed a little random.
How Excited Are We Now?: 9. The story is absolutely charming!
No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there’s Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. Finally there’s Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank Jr. in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they’re not only cheaper, they’re funnier by the dozen.
Review: I think this book should be called Funnier By the Dozen instead of Cheaper! If you watched the “movie version” of this book, do not worry! The only thing they really have in common is the 12 children. This wonderful book was first published in 1948, but tells stories of the family from the 1910′s to 1924. And by the way, it’s all TRUE, written by two of the children. Despite the shear number of family members, you can tell that they were remarkable close and genuinely seemed to like each other. And the book is endlessly entertaining since it’s just all of the funny family stories compiled into a book. I love when the kids all learn morse code after their father paints the alphabet on the bathroom walls of their summer house and then goes around leaving messages in morse code that may or may not lead to a prize.
Sister-Factor: 8. I ranked it high because well there are six sisters in this book (not including all the sisters of the mother when they visit her hometown), but I couldn’t rank it any higher because the main focus was the family as a whole.
Re-readability: 8. I crack up every time I read it
Recommended For: Anyone looking for a cute, funny, quick read