Pondo’s Review: 100 Ways Your Two-Year-Old Can Hurt You

By Chen Weng

In what ways is a toddler like a deadly weapon? What would it look like if your 2-year-old was an office worker? And how does being a parent completely transform one’s sense of fashion? These questions and many more are the focus of the hilarious and relatable comics by Weng Chen, a thirtysomething Chinese-American cartoonist who details the realities of raising small children, growing older, and how technology and mass culture shape today’s parenting experiences.

The debut book collection of her Messycow Comics presents one mom’s fresh, insightful, and hilarious take on the joys, absurdities, and anxieties of modern parenting.

Oh my gosh this comic collection is hilarious. I don’t have any children myself (except of the furry variety) but have done enough babysitting in my time to appreciate the humour. The jokes are clever, the illustrations are adorable and it’s a quick read. Like many comic collections I was able to devour it in one sitting, one night before bed.

I’m a huge fan of comics that capture the truths of daily life. Parenting is not easy, no matter what movies or Instagram influencers would like you to believe. I’ve watched friends have similar experiences with their toddlers and have babysat some challenging kids that show this comic speaks so many truths. The honesty in this comic is what I love the most. Nothing is sugar coated, but you can tell the author loves her kids and being a parent – even though some days are better than others.

100 Ways Your Two-Year-Old can hurt you is tremendous fun to read and a perfect gift for any new or experienced parents.

Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy!