Cheaper by the Dozen

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HarperCollins, Mar 29, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. Finally there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank Jr. in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.

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This was a sweet book that was really easy to read. - Goodreads
Today that reference might seem a bit racist. - Goodreads
This book is hilarious and so educational. - Goodreads
Easy to read and funny. - Goodreads
Amusing and educational. - Goodreads
The ending almost had me in tears. - Goodreads

Review: Cheaper by the Dozen (Cheaper by the Dozen #1)

User Review  - Susan Howe - Goodreads

The only reason I did not give it five stars is that it has a racist minstrel show reference near the end of the book (a product of the times). If one could read it without that reference, it would be an excellent book. Read full review

Review: Cheaper by the Dozen (Cheaper by the Dozen #1)

User Review  - Jessica (Books: A true story) - Goodreads

This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story Cheaper by the Dozen is a charming story about a dad full of personality and how he raises his twelve kids. The dad is witty, blunt, sarcastic ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. was born in 1911 in Plainfield, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He became a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a Bronze Star and Air Medal. In 1947, he joined the staff of what is now the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. A columnist and reporter, he authored and coauthored several books, including Belles on Their Toes (with Ernestine Gilbreth Carey), How to Be a Father, and Time Out for Happiness. In 1950, he was corecipient (with his sister) of the French International Humor Award for Cheaper by the Dozen. He died in 2001.

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey was born in 1908 in New York City and graduated as an English major from Smith College. In 1930, soon after graduation, she began fourteen years of New York City department store buying and management. Meanwhile, she married and had two children. A writer and lecturer, she has authored and coauthored seven books, including Belles on Their Toes (with Frank Gilbreth Jr.), Jumping jupiter, Rings Around Us, and Giddy Moment. In 1950 she was corecipient (with her brother) of the French International Humor Award for Cheaper by the Dozen. She lives in Reedley, California.