I don’t have kids yet, but I was definitely one of these kids. I was toted around from before I could toddle on epic car rides and delves into the Canadian north. My father was a construction consultant and worked for the province, so we were constantly going on trips with him, so this book gave me the warm remember-ies.
Aside from that though, even though I don’t have children, and I can’t necessarily relate to the stories in this book first hand, I still really enjoyed it. There were a couple of bumps along the way, but all in all, it’s a lovely collection.
Editor: Sandy Bennett-Haber
Title: You Won’t Remember This: Travel with Babies
Genre: Short stories collection; Non-fiction
Length: 108 Pages
Rating*: General Audiences
Where to Find It: Amazon
First Impressions: Ms. Bennett, the kind lady that she is, sent me a soft cover version of the book, and let me tell you, I love it. The cover art is beautiful, and there is a sort of soft, almost waxlike texture to the cover that just gives me ‘nicely made book’ chills down my spine. My husband thought I was insane, making him pet the book, but it was lovely.
What I Loved: Some of the stories in this collection are absolutely breathtaking. The very first one, Pumpkin Baby by Anne Hamilton, sounds like a hilarious and quirky story (and it is) but it’s really a trip around the world to exotic markets filled with languages you can’t understand, heat, and noise. First Class Compartment by Sarah Dyer tugged at my heartstrings and made me ache in the best of ways. There is also a story from an infants perspective of being initiated into his villages traditions, plenty of train and plane rides, and an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs.
The book is arranged very well. You never feel as though the stories are repetitive, and Ms. Bennett-Haber does a fantastic job of keeping the level of intensity shifting appropriately – wrenching at your heart before filling it full of joy once again.
What Drove Me Crazy: I will admit, there are a few stories in here that I could barely get through. It wasn’t a problem of grammar or other common issues and mistakes of first time writers and editors, but more stylistic issues. There were only one or two of these in the whole bunch, and to be fair the stories themselves were interesting, even if the awkward style put me on edge. I won’t mention which ones they were, as this is edging a little to close to personal opinion. Check it out yourself and let me know if you agree.
Overall Impressions: While this book is clearly not aimed at my demographic it is well written, for the most part, very well edited, and a fun journey, literally across the world, with babies. If you are looking for a charming little book, you’ve certainly found it here.
Cost: $4.99 USD for the Ebook, $11.95 USD for the Paperback (which is completely worth the extra money!)
Recommend to a Friend: Absolutely, especially if that friend had children and was looking to travel. These stories are frank, honest, and show both the horrors and the joys of traveling with those little squishy bundles.