Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review It Wednesday -- this one's for the guys

Did you ever notice that most of the resources out there are mother/child related and not father/child oriented? Well, Jonathan Aspatore noticed it, and it bugged him. So he did something about it.

WonderDads is a new media company expressly positioned for today's dads. Through their books, website, mobile applications, and events, they inspire fathers to engage with their children and families. They work with an editorial team spread across the country to bring dads the tools and ideas they need to turn them from parents into heroes, and create a community of engaged consumers ready to interact with brands and services that reward them for being dads. WonderDads supports and celebrates the moments when dads go beyond the usual, the routine and the mundane to do extraordinary things with their kids.

A couple of weeks ago, Joanna Green contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing one of the WonderDads books. "Of course," I replied. After all, who doesn't like getting free stuff?! I checked out the website and fell in love with the whole concept Jonathan Aspatore came up with. As Founder and "Chief Hero Helper" of WonderDads, Jonathan's frustration over the lack of materials available for dads spurred him on to creating this wonderful outlet that enables and inspires dad & child activities, trips and traditions. He wanted to make it easier for dads to become heros in their kids' eyes.

The company offers over 45 Dad-centric books, published within the last three years, including 37 city guides full of the best dad/child activities. I must say, I was disappointed to find that Pittsburgh wasn't among the lucky cities. At this point, the 37 cities include:

Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Durham, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Inland Empire, Jacksonville, Long Island, Los Angeles, Marin County (CA), Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Mobile, New Orleans, New York City, Orange County (CA), Phoenix, Portland (OR), Raleigh, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Paul, St. Louis, and Washington DC.

I have to admit, there is one thing I do not like about the website. You can't access it until you choose your city from the pull-down menu (or, as in my case, click on the "Don't See Your City" link. Then you have to enter your email address. That was enough to almost stop me from going any further, and I imagine there are countless others who feel the same way. It's something that, in my opinion, should be changed. If you can get past the login issues, the website is worth a visit.

Once I was on the site, I found so much to be excited about. Dads ... this site is for you!!! Seriously. In addition to the books, there is also other merchandise, like T-shirts, toolboxes and reusable cloth bags. There are loads of 'dad resources,' something you simply don't find very often. 

The board books are perfect for toddler's little hands. Joanna sent me goodnight, Dad by Chris Gattorna. It has an eye-catching cover and a cute story. It came in the mail on a day when my 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter, Laura, was going to spend the night. When it came time for her bedtime book, I read goodnight, Dad to her. When I was done, she turned the book over and said, "Read it again." Normally, she hops off my lap and reaches for a different book. Not this time. Instead, she wanted to read this book again and again. After the third read, I put the book aside and shuffled her off to bed. For me, her enjoyment of the book was the stamp of approval I needed. This book gets my green thumb's up.

goodnight, Dad usually sells for $9.95 in the U.S. and $13.95 in Canada. But you have a chance to win this delightful little gem. We haven't had a giveaway in awhile, so I thought today seemed like a perfect time to have one.

And entering is simple. Just head over to Facebook and 'like' my page and the WonderDads page. Post a message on the WonderDads page letting them know I sent you and post a message on my page telling me why you, your husband, your dad or some other outstanding guy deserves the 'WonderDad' title.

Contest ends at midnight EST on Monday, July 4th and the winner will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday. The winner will be chosen via S/H charges will apply if the winner lives outside of the U.S. or Canada.

Celebrating the heroic efforts of dads everywhere,


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