This title will be released on July 12 ,2016!
Your life changes – I mean, it REALLY changes – when you have kids. You plan everything around your kids’ schedules; their breaks, their holidays, their extra-curricular activities on top of doing everything else you used to do just times ten. After work if I wanted to sit and play guitar for hours or read that really gripping book until bed, no one could stop me. I wasn’t sure I wanted my life to change when it was just Bob and I and then it happened. Apparently, it happened at the same time for us – we wanted kids! I turned 30 and Bob was already 36 and, well, it was a now or never kind of feeling and somehow in one road trip to New Orleans, we decided, “YES! Let’s make the plunge!” I can only tell you how surprised and fast it was when we discovered I was pregnant just two months later. WHAT?! My friends said it would take months! LIARS! It happened so fast, that neither one of us were really sure what we were going to get ourselves into and even six years later, my mind is still spinning.
Bob and I love being parents, but we are far from our carefree, childless years of going to concerts, visiting foreign countries, and setting up a luau in our backyard complete with enough sand, and we sometimes wonder, “What happened to us?” You can’t really be all that cool when you are a parent. You have to set rules, there are schedules, there are school activities and homework! You get to be a personal assistant, chef, driver, and entertainer to your young kids. Plus, changing poopy diapers may just be the farthest thing from cool as you can get. However, that said, while your life does change, your coolness factor also changes with it. You ARE cool because you take care of your kid, you ARE cool for taking them to a museum even if they spend half the time jumping around and trying to feel the artwork, and you ARE cool because being a parent is the hardest job in the world and not only do you not get paid for it – you actually pay a TON of money to do it. So, basically, what I’m saying is – parents ARE cool.
Keith Negley’s playful and beautiful art in My Dad Used To Be So Cool is a story from a new father’s perspective who realizes he is no longer that ‘cool guy’ of his youth. He is wistful of his past; he used to rock out in a band, he used to ride a killer motorcycle, and his arms are covered in ‘cool guy’ tattoos. He is now just a father to his young son. Before you start throwing tomatoes at this guy’s head, you better believe that all parents have felt this way at least once as a parent; usually at 3 in the morning when your child won’t go to bed because their soothers batteries need replaced and you have none on hand. But, it’s a temporary fleeting feeling because being a parent is tough yet rewarding. This dad feels the same way, and although he may not be the ‘cool guy’ from his youth, he can always be the ‘cool guy’ to his son. Well, at least until he survives his son’s teenage years, than all will be right in the world once again! Love.
About the Author/Illustrator: Keith Negley is an award-winning editorial illustrator with a penchant for emotionally driven illustration. He’s been published in a wide range of major newspapers and national magazines, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker. He lives in the mountains of Bellingham, Washington, surrounded by rain forests and giant spiders. This is his second book for Flying Eye, following Tough Guys Have Feelings Too!
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