There's nothing Jack likes more than some good trash-picking so when his elderly neighbors move out and leave an especially promising looking pile of household refuse on the curb, he goes right for it. He only has the chance to grab one box before his mom catches him and orders him in for dinner, though. When mysterious goings-on begin to occur in the neighborhood, the trio investigates the hidden box from Jack's garage. In it, they find the Secret Parent's Handbook and with it all the means to subvert the irrational rules and petty tyranny of their home lives. No more clean rooms! No more vegetables! No more brushed hair or washed hands! It's all video games and junk food all the time! But the authors -- and the resistance -- have taken notice of the strange goings-on in Jack and his friends' neighborhood. And they are closing in...
"...a game-changer for many. Eerily plausible..." - Kirkus Reviews
"The Handbook is a hilarious adventure showing what the world would look like if there actually was a parenting handbook. Author Jim Benton has nailed both the story line and memorable characters. ...This a fantastic book that you should run out and read right now. Fit for young to old readers, everyone will enjoy this romp thru a few days in the life of three fantastic children." - Compass Book Ratings