Daily Deals: When Parents Text: So Much Said…So Little Understood and Bird’s the Word

When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little UnderstoodToday you can get When Parents Text: So Much Said…So Little Understood written by Sophia Fraioli just for $0.99

“An addictive and side-splitting read . . .  the underlying relationship between parent and teen is simultaneously touching and hysterical. This should be a best seller–it is a total moment-in-time classic. Enthusiastically recommended.” —-Library Journal (starred review)

A collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, When Parents Text is a surprisingly affecting window into the complicated time when parents aren’t ready to let go, and kids aren’t ready to be let go. The parents are well-meaning but hopeless, silly and a little corny, and befuddled by the technology. The kids are bewildered yet patient: the perfect straight man. And the authors, two recent college graduates, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, have an unerring editorial instinct to select the funniest, sweetest, quirkiest, most-telling exchanges.
There’s the revelatory: Mom: My fingers are saying words. This is amazing.
The virtual scolding: Dad: I will deal with your sassy behavior when I get home. Meanwhile have some fiber.
The autofill-challenged: Mom: dig up some tadpoles on ur way homo. Me: ummm, what? Mom: It autocorrected me. I mean to say dig up some tadpoles on ur way homo. (4 minutes later) Mom: PICK UP SOME TAMPONS ON YOUR WAY HOME.
The manically inappropriate: Mom: Woo Hoo—Ruth died, you know Uncle Lyman’s wife, BUT I have your Braves tickets and check on the table!!
And the downright inexplicable: Dad: You could poop your pants in the yankee candle store and no one would know.
Includes an emoticon glossary and 16-page color insert of MMS texts— multimedia messaging service, aka, bizarre photos from mom and dad. It’s the perfect gift for every text-savvy kid to give to his or her parents.

Bird's the Word

In case you haven’t heard, the Bird is the Word. And now it’s also an entertaining game for your Android device.

Cheep Cheep

In Bird’s the Word, the goal is to make as many words as you can, as fast as you can. Highlight the letters in the word and then enter it–the Submit button turns green as soon as you’ve created a legitimate word of three letters or more. When you do, the letters disappear and different ones take their places. The longer the word, the more points you get, and there are lots of special bonus letters that pop up as you go.

There is a catch: Make sure that all the letters in the word are touching each other. If not, a sneaky bird will fill one of the spaces rather than a new letter. The more birds that perch on the board, the harder it will be make new words. Don’t let the winged menaces thwart you!

Three Ways to Wing It

With this game you can create a flap three different ways. In Classic mode, you must fill up the score bar as quickly as possible to advance to the next level. To make it to the top of the pecking order, score more points at each new level within the same amount of time.

With Timed mode, you try to collect as many points as possible before the clock runs out. Word Worm is a fun twist, where each new word must start with the last letter of the previous one. Remember that the early bird gets the worm–you only have 30 seconds to find each word. Think fast, bird brain.

The game tracks stats such as longest word, average word length, time per word, and high scores for each game mode. The more you play and the higher you score, the more achievements you pile up: Word Warrior, Nesting Instincts, Squabble, Pest, Stunner, etc. As you go further into the game, you’ll be able to unlock special birds and other features.

Word War

Since birds of a feather flock together, you can also go beak-to-beak with your friends in Bird’s the Word through Facebook. Just select Challenge on the main menu and pick out one of your friends. Then play a game in any mode and when you finish, a challenge will automatically be sent to your friend’s wall. Can you soar with the eagles or are you going to end up hanging out with turkeys?

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