When it came to college acceptance for his first-born child, Hank Herman-an average Dad with average hopes and dreams for his son's college career-imagined he could resist the urge to meddle, that he could allow his son to make decisions for himself. Feeling slightly smug and superior to the good parents he'd seen go berserk before, he vowed not to become controlling and obsessed.Flash-forward to the 2' x 3' "war board" Herman has created to organize and rate the 36 colleges or universities he's selected as "suitable" for his son. Note the lengths to which he goes to "market" his candidate/son as a scholar and an athlete. See the sports scrapbook he has naively constructed for the coaches who now, alas, only accept video clips. Funny, self-deprecating, and all-too-familiar to today's parents, Accept My Kid, Please! details one good father's battle with his worst side. A book for parents looking ahead to or back at their child's college application process, it is an amusingly accurate cautionary tale.
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The author of Super Hoops, a prize-winning series of basketball novels for kids, Hank Herman is also an award-winning humor writer. "The Home Team," his column in the Westport News, has taken several top honors from both the New England Press Association and the Connecticut Press Club. Herman's writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Outside, and Ladies Home Journal. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.Review:
"An eye-opening, often funny odyssey." -- Teacher Magazine January/February 2005
"The line between sanity and madness can be surprisingly thin...Herman explores the far edge of sanity in [this] memoir." -- New York Times 2/13/05
Enumerates the roller-coaster ride that getting a kid into school has become...Non-stop laughs." -- Chicago Tribune 1/2/05
With humor [Herman] describes the lengths [he] went to to market his child as a scholar and athlete." --Westport News 12/31/04
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Book Description Da Capo Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110738209996