Friday, July 30, 2010

Geek Dad - Summer Book Review

My DH (...darling husband) is a self-proclaimed geek. Call him a gear geek or a tech geek, but either way a proud geek. I love it. I always know who to ask when I have a complicated question. Well, until I get a complicated answer... Now that he is a proud Papa, I guess you could call him a geek Dad and did I find the perfect book for him!

I was lucky enough to be able to review Ken Denmead's Geek Dad, a great book full of projects and ideas to bring out the geek fun for parents and their kids... I don't think father and son should keep this kind of fun all to themselves! Ken is an engineer and editor of the popular "GeekDad" blog on

This is not your average activity book! The projects range from a home-made slip-n-slide, building a binary calendar out of Legos and finger painting with wind-up toys to composting and exploding ice cubes. Now that is one way to spend quality time together! I love the fact the projects are rated for cost, difficulty and reusability among other things. Easy to understand instructions and diagrams make these cool projects accessible even to the wannabe geek like myself.

Since my young son is learning his ABC's and starting to read, we are working on the Super Hero ABC book idea... ours is not strictly Marvel based, we have all sorts in there including Pixar's Bolt and Super Grover from Sesame Street. Regardless, it is a lot of fun to do together.

I already have a list of people this book would be perfect for. My DH is on the top of the list! I can't wait to see my two guys work their way through this book. I love hands on projects that capitalize on creativity and quality time for families. My only complaint is that there should be a whole serious of Geek Dad books. This book is very code writing and Lego heavy where I would love to see another book with Geek Dad in the kitchen or Geek Dad Goes Outdoors. Oh, the possibilities!

This book is currently available in stores as well as on Enjoy it yourself, gift it or save it for a great stocking stuffer this winter.

Also check out the book's Web site,

*Disclaimer - I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. No monetary compensation was involved.
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