Publisher's Note:  

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.

Cheaper by the Dozen

by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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Overall Review:  

Cheaper by the Dozen is the hilarious true story of the Gilbreth family -- Frank, Lillian and their twelve rambunctious children! Composed by two of the Gilbreth siblings, the tale has a familiar and informal tone as it details the antics of the large family during the early 1900s. Father Frank is a loving, yet temperamental man and he strives to run his family like a well-oiled machine. While several of his ideas, and the children's ensuing reactions were wildly funny, other concepts were quite entertaining and clever! Readers will journey to the Gilbreth's home in New Jersey, to idyllic summers in Nantucket and to grand adventures in California. The book's message of love and the importance of family were particularly appealing. It was bittersweet to finish the last page and bid the Gilbreth family farewell. 


It's important to note that Cheaper by the Dozen is nothing like the recent Steve Martin movie with the same name. This is a beloved classic worth sharing!

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 19 religious exclamations, 10 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 3 anatomical terms. A few racial terms ("Eskimo") are used. These terms were commonly used during the time period.


Violence/Gore:  It is implied that the children are spanked.


Sex/Nudity:  A few sexual references involving a slight allusion to prostitution and a harem; a representative from a birth control movement appears in one chapter.  

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Death of family member, war, illness, mention of the birth control movement.

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A character smokes; characters notice empty whiskey bottles while picnicking; children are given ether before their tonsils are removed. 

Reviewed By Rachel
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