Review: Love Poems for People with Children by John Kenney

John Kenney is absolutely hysterical. I read one of his other ‘Love Poems’ books earlier this year and couldn’t get enough of how real and honest it was!

Love Poems for Married People was a delight to read for both my husband and I and we often found ourselves laughing until we cried over one poem or another.

I had no idea that he was working on another book of poems until it arrived on my desk for review. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to read it. So I blocked out an hour of time and read it in one sitting.


With the same brilliant wit and hilarious realism that made Love Poems for Married People such a hit, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection of poems, this time taking on the greatest “joy” in life: children. Kenney covers it all, from newborns, toddlers, and sleep deprivation, to the terrible twos, terrible tweens, and terrible teens.

A parent’s love is unconditional, but sometimes that button can’t help but be pushed. Between back to school shopping, summer vacations that never end, the awkwardness of puberty, the inevitable post-college moving back in, and more, a parent’s job is never done, whether they like it or not (summary from Goodreads). 


This book is perfect for people with children of any age. As luck would have it, my husband and I have a three year old and many of these poems were all too real. I think the one I loved the most was ‘Who Will Be The First To Get Up’. When our son was a baby, this was a constant question we both spent purposely ignoring each night.

Kenney nailed this perpetual debate that new parents have—I could totally tell that my husband was up but he was faking sleep so that I would get up and reading that there are others out there who have this same issue made me chuckle. Kenney is so honest and real in his poetry and I can’t get enough of it.

Personally, I liked Love Poems for Married People better but this one was still humorous with lots to love. This is a great book for new parents or soon to be empty nesters on your shopping list this year! I know that I plan on getting this book for a friend of mine who is also a mother and I sure hope she likes it as much as I did! It’s a fun read that you can spend a quick moment between nap times laughing about the joys of parenthood.

Book Info and Rating

Hard Back Edition, 111 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Free review copy provided by publisher, GP Putnam, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: poetry


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