Picks and Pans Review: Childhood

updated 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Bill Cosby

This slender book will no doubt rocket to the top of the best-seller list in the fashion of its predecessors Fatherhood, Time Flies and Love and Marriage. So Cosby will perhaps not be too annoyed lo read that his book is a slapdash, undisciplined affair with too much forced humor.

Cosby is at his best when offering pithy observations about the always uneasy balance of power between parents and children:

"The game of discipline is one without seeded players."

"After 20 years of musical beds, I have learned the wisdom of remaining in my own.... The lack of sleep you gel with a child in your bed is of a higher quality than the lack of sleep you get in the child's."

"Insanity in children, like radio transmission, is liveliest at night."

Whether such gnomic splinters so widely spaced are worth the price of admission is very much in question. (Putnam, $14.95)

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