These ‘Toddler Poems’ Perfectly Sum Up Parenting
Howard Eisenberg’s “Adorable Scoundrels” is spot-on.

Parenting

By Caroline Bologna  03/17/2017

Toddlers have been called been called assholes, dictators and tiny drunk people. Author Howard Eisenberg calls them “adorable scoundrels.”

That’s the title of his quirky book of poems about the trials and tribulations of raising toddlers. The Adorable Scoundrels poems cover topics like tantrums, bedtime struggles and mealtime disasters.
Adorable Scoundrels by Howard Eisenberg / Illustrations by Susan Robinson

Adorable Scoundrels by Howard Eisenberg / Illustrations by Susan Robinson

Eisenberg told The Huffington Post he drew inspiration for the book from his late wife Arlene, who co-wrote the famous What To Expect books with their daughter Heidi Murkoff. Eisenberg started writing his toddler-themed poems while Arlene was working on What to Expect: The Toddler Years.

“Arlene and I usually traveled together, and she always introduced me near the start of her book tour lectures with, ‘If you’re going to have a toddler, you’ll need a sense of humor,’” Eisenberg explained. “The poems were only on index cards then, but that was my cue to come on and read half a dozen of my poems.”
Adorable Scoundrels by Howard Eisenberg / Illustrations by Susan Robinson
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A Poet with a Story

17 Feb 2015

U.W.S. children’s author transformed postcards to grandkids into animal poetry books for children Upper West Side Howard Eisenberg knows how to tell a good story, and at 87, he’s full of them. The journalist, author and playwright remembers spending a summer in his early twenties writing about war veterans in Fort Worth, Texas, where he paid a dollar a day for a room with no air conditioning. He remembers the writer’s block he suffered on his first national magazine assignment, when he filled a trashcan with failed openers. But mostly, he tells stories of his wife Arlene, who died in 2001 from breast cancer. His frequent writing partner on articles and medical books, Arlene wrote “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” the iconic parenting book, in 1984 with their daughters Heidi and Sandee. “I never got her back after that,” Eisenberg said as he reclined in a plush red chair in his living room on West 80th Street, where he’s lived since he and Arlene bought the building in 1970. Continue reading A Poet with a Story