There are plenty of 'how to' books out there, some good, some bad. But a book like 'how to be a great dad without going mad' or 'how to be a fab father without lifting a finger' has only ever been the stuff of dreams as far as I'm concerned.
I suppose there are only really two ways of getting a book you want to read written: write it yourself, or inspire someone else to do it. And that, I'm pleased to say, is what's happened here.
It's not often as a writer that you come across someone reading a book you've written. It must be even more unusual to have written a 'how to write' book and then find a book by someone who's been inspired by it to write one of their own.
But that's what Willem van Eekelen says of his new book, 100 Ideas for Dads who Love Their Kids... but who find them exhausting. And as such, he kindly sent me a copy the other day with a note asking if I recognised the application of some of my writing tips.
To be honest, I don't. But only because the content is engrossing and entertaining in its own right. (I suppose that may count.) If you've ever arrived home from work utterly exhausted and at a loss to know how to keep up with the kids, or slumped on the sofa in stunned disbelief at the endless energy they expend then this is the book for you.
In fact, it's the book for every parent (not to mention grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, and god parent). Let's face it, not only are we sometimes physically exhausted, but the mental challenge of thinking up a game can sometimes leave us floundering.
In which case, 'Be a Statue' and 'Relax Together' to say nothing of 'Tie me Down' and 'Where's my shoe?' are the games for you. And as half-term takes its toll, it might save not just your energy, but your sanity.
It's published by Featherstone Books (an imprint of Bloomsbury) and is available on Amazon and in all good book shops at just £4.99 a copy.