Friday, May 27, 2011

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Title: Cheaper by the Dozen
Author: Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernesting Gilbreth Carey
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Biography (kind of)
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: A couple of curse words.
Premise: 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. (

Opinions: This is such a fun book about this large family. It is not in chronocological order, so it takes a little bit to get used to where they are and how many kids are alive at the time. But I love that it gives a look at this very quirky huge family of two people who brought about change in motion study.

I have read this book many times over the years. I've seen 2 of the movies made about this book. Honestly, neither are all that accurate. ESPECIALLY the one starring Steve Martin. I enjoyed it, but don't go in expecting anything like that movie.

I enjoy the book more and more as the kids get older and start dating. It's funny and cute and just worth the time to read.

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