Synopses & Reviews
A dozen freckle-faced kids under one roof. Imagine the hijinks. Well, in the Gilbreth house, day-to-day life is hilarious. Dad is an efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory, and thinks that any endeavor he undertakes will be a success. Mother is there, too, as Dad's partner in everything but discipline. Along the way, they survive such escapades as leaving Frank Jr. in a restaurant, Dad's mistakenly spanking a neighbor's kid, thinking he was one of his own, and a first date with Dad in the backseat. Millions of readers have laughed along with the Gilbreth family, and this new edition should introduce the family to a new generation of readers.
“Gay and lighthearted...One of the most amusing books.” The Chicago Sun-Times
“Always entertaining, occasionally hilarious, occasionally touching....Sound Americana.” Saturday Review of Literature
"Instructive, funny, and very readable." School Library Journal
What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father -- a famous efficiency expert -- who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in Cheaper by the Dozen.
Translated into more than fifty-three languages and made into a classic film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, Cheaper by the Dozen is a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the 20th century.
About the Author
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.