Tina Fey’s Bossypants: A Toddler Review.
My wife and I have both been reading Tina Fey’s new book, Bossypants. It’s an entertaining read, but don’t take my recommendation listen to every other website or publication that has recommended it.
Bossypants, by the way, also a great name for every toddler’s biography.
Tina Fey, if you don’t know is the former head writer of Saturday Night Live, star of 30 Rock, and Sarah Palin doppelganger. She’s also quite funny.
I enjoyed the book. The book is mostly showbiz tales and pre-showbiz tales. There’s a bit of parenting advice thrown in here and there. If you’ve read a mommy/daddy blog you’ll identify with this gem.
“Like most people who had one baby, I am an expert on everything and will tell you, unsolicited, how to raise your kid!”
What did my daughter think of the book?
Well for one, my daughter has never seen an episode of 30 Rock, SNL, and doesn’t follow American politics. For two, my daughter can’t read. She flipped through the book and looked at the pictures.
To my daughter Tina Fey is… Well, when my daughter saw the book with its odd cover, she took one look at Tina Fey and said, “Mommy!”
For clarity my wife does not look like the former governor of Alaska or a geeky-chic librarian.
After being identified as Liz Lemon’s alter-ego, my wife clarified the confusion for our daughter.
“No, that’s Tina Fey.”
Our daughter responded with “Hi Tina Fey!” and a kiss to the front cover.
This didn’t clarify the identity issues, as our daughter began to page through the book and misidentified Mommy and Daddy at each turn.
A picture of Tina Fey and former presidential hopeful John McCain was met with “Mommy and Daddy”. Mommy looks a lot more like Tina Fey than I resemble John McCain.
Then my daughter saw a picture of Tracy Morgan/Jordan and exclaimed “Mommy!” Yes, apparently Mommy is a slightly overweight black man. Standing next to Tracy was Alec Baldwin. Alec was identified as “Daddy!”
For those of you who don’t know me, yes, I look surprisingly like Alec Baldwin. A young Alec Baldwin.
So if you’re following along, my wife somehow looks like both Tracy Morgan and Tina Fey to our daughter. And I look like John McCain and/or Alec Baldwin. If you split the difference between those two men, I suppose that is more or less what I resemble. Unless you believed the previous paragraph.
After reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants, I’ve come to one conclusion, my daughter needs glasses. Though when she sees herself in the mirror, she might think she’s looking at Tina Fey. Or Tracy Morgan.