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Book Review – Mommy Why is There a Server in the House? (Guest Post)

February 24, 2010

Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

by Tom O’Connor, Ph.D.

Review by: Maya Din

My daddy takes a lot of business trips – sometimes he goes away for weeks and other times he takes short trips.  I always love it when he goes away and comes back with neat presents.  Once he brought me a plastic yo-yo with “VMware” emblazoned on it.  Another time, he brought home this really cool whistle that someone named “HP” gave him. First my mom would only let me blow the whistle in my bedroom with the door closed, but then the whistle disappeared!  I looked everywhere but couldn’t find it.  My mom says she has no idea where it went.  I’m not sure I believe her though because she wouldn’t look at me when she said that. 

Another time, my daddy went up to Seattle to visit a guy named Bill.  My mom said that since this Bill person has more money than God she expected some better swag than this silly book.  But I love all the cool things my dad brings me back and I think this book is pretty funny.

Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House is a story about a “stay-at-home” server.  The book says that most big people have servers at their office (just in case you don’t know, an office is boring place where big people go to do boring things and say bad words) and not usually at home.  But when a daddy loves a mommy a whole lot he gives her a home server as a gift.  I was confused when I read this because my mom said that if my dad ever bought her a server as a gift he’d have to find another place to live.  My dad just shook his head and said my mom is high-maintenance. 

Anyway, the book says that a dad can easily install the server himself and once he does, all the computers in the house will be connected and you can share things like pictures, music, and files.   The funny thing is that my daddy couldn’t set our server up.  It took a whole team of people and they had tools and ladders and tons of cables.   (I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want anyone to know he couldn’t install the server by himself so please don’t tell anyone.)

My favorite part of the book was when the doggy went potty on the computer and it blew up!

I think anything to do with potty is pretty funny.  Lucky for the doggy the stay-at-home server was backing things up so no files were lost.  Otherwise he would have been in BIG trouble.  

The book says that some people think servers should only be in an office so sometimes kids might make fun of you for having one at home! 

Kids are mean.  But that’s just because they are jealous and they wish their daddies would buy them a stay-at-home server so they too could have a giant black box in the laundry room with tons of blinking lights. 

I’m sure that you wish you could have a copy of this great book.  Guess what?  You can!  Even if your daddy isn’t friends with Bill and Melinda you can pay $5.95 plus shipping and buy this from  My mom couldn’t believe it either.  You should order them fast though because I’m sure this book will probably sell out soon.

Well I hope you liked my second book review.  I have to go now…I’m going to go push some buttons on our stay-at-home server, just to get some attention.  It makes my daddy real mad but surprisingly, my mom just thinks its funny.

See you next time! 

P.S. I received no promotional consideration from Microsoft for this review.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2010 9:17 pm

    I am going to agree with Maya – my favorite part is when the dog goes potty on computers! I cannot believe there is a book about servers – wow, this is on a whole new level.

  2. February 24, 2010 10:06 pm

    A great post and I really enjoyed reading the young brilliant reviewer’s narratives. It’s great. I was reading Junie B Jones – Cheater Pants with my daughter earlier and thought about a blog category on Children’s book review (that’s my reading level). Then this post appears. Serendipidity it is.

  3. February 24, 2010 10:21 pm

    Great book review Maya! You are a very bright and adorable girl 🙂 What are a couple of your favorite books? I’m sure my daughter would enjoy the same books as you.
    Ameena I think your daughter is absolutely precious! Too funny about the whistle.

  4. nadia khan permalink
    February 24, 2010 10:22 pm

    ok maya(ameena), you have totally inspired ayla to want to write a blog:) the crazy thing is, she’s been glued to her A-Z mystery series and reads while brushing her teeth, and maya no joke, whike she’s on the potty!!:) i even took a picture to prove it, and since you like potty jokes, i knew it would crack you up! she’ll show you when you come over….we’re so excited to play! you’ll have to teach her how to write a review though, ok jani…lots of kizzes! we’re so proud of you, cutie-pie jani!
    aunty nadia

  5. nadia khan permalink
    February 24, 2010 10:39 pm

    by the way, that is the funniest book i’ve ever seen!! maya, can we borrow it next time so you can explain what a server is to ayla and shani, thanks janu:)

  6. February 24, 2010 10:46 pm

    had to laugh at your comment to me today when you said how powerful and in control of one’s lives (their parents’ lives!) 5 yr olds can be. I think the same is true for 3 yr olds 🙂

  7. February 25, 2010 3:34 am

    Adorable!! Thanks for the review, I’ll have to get it for my first grade class! 😉

  8. February 25, 2010 4:03 am

    Great review, Maya!!! Sounds like you’re a strong reader!

  9. February 25, 2010 4:42 am

    This review made my morning brighter! Hilarious! My little guys who are 8 and 4 love anything having to do with the potty too!

  10. Danielle permalink
    February 25, 2010 5:46 am

    haha it took me half way through your post to understand what a “server” was. Maybe I need this book

  11. February 25, 2010 5:50 am

    I just simply Love it! I have a feeling Maya’s mom might have altered some of the words 😉 lol

    No worries.. I live with a nerd and we have a server in our house because we will need to get our desk top my lap top and both of his lap tops from work on one server not to mention have it hooked up to the big screen tv for when we need to review research results or power point presentations….

    I tell Raymond that when we have a kiddo.. he/she will be born with an iphone, hp lap top and a nikon slr around his/her neck with extra lenses on his/her hip! (ouch that sounds like a painful delivery)

  12. February 25, 2010 5:50 am

    PS. The Felafels are GLUTEN FREE 🙂

  13. fitandfortysomething permalink
    February 25, 2010 5:53 am

    What a great idea for a post… usual you daughter is a doll!
    Hope you car troubles are over and where do you buy your paige jeans? I want to check them out!
    Have a good day…..

    • February 25, 2010 9:14 am

      I bought my Paige Jeans at Bloomingdales. They have the best selection I’ve seen plus they are pretty quick with the alterations!

  14. February 25, 2010 5:56 am

    At first, I thought that the book was going to be about a housekeeper. Can you tell that I’m clueless when it comes to anything related to computers? 🙂

  15. erintakescontrol permalink
    February 25, 2010 6:49 am

    I love that Maya uses the word “emblazoned” at her age…smart girl! 🙂

  16. February 25, 2010 7:01 am

    This sounds so cute. And I agree… offices are boring!
    *kisses* HH

  17. louisianagrown permalink
    February 25, 2010 7:32 am

    I love it when Maya does guest posts! And that is so super cool that you guys have your own server now. You could do some SERIOUS blogging with that thing.

  18. February 25, 2010 7:39 am

    Ameena, you crack me up. This is hysterical. I love “First my mom would only let me blow the whistle in my bedroom with the door closed, but then the whistle disappeared! I looked everywhere but couldn’t find it. My mom says she has no idea where it went.”

  19. February 25, 2010 8:23 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. Glad you enjoyed. This book looks so cute. Thanks for sharing it.

  20. February 25, 2010 8:37 am

    love the part about the HP whistle..what a shitty promo item! that book is pretty great. love “maya’s” reviews so much!

  21. Caroline permalink
    February 25, 2010 8:48 am

    I was seriously lauging from beginning to end. You are so funny! And Maya – what a cutie!!

  22. February 25, 2010 8:49 am

    So basically there’s a book about everything nowdays! Love this!! 🙂

  23. February 25, 2010 8:50 am

    *nowadays – sorry. :/

  24. February 25, 2010 9:39 am

    This is hilarious — both the book itself and the review. I also love your definition of an office: “an office is boring place where big people go to do boring things and say bad words.” That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Wish someone had notified me of this in college.

  25. February 25, 2010 9:53 am

    This post is great; I love the wit 🙂 But I can’t believe there’s actually a children’s book about computers… I can’t remember anything that came close to a computer in the books I had as a child… looks like the beginning of the end to me.

    Maya is absolutely precious 🙂

  26. whydeprive permalink
    February 25, 2010 11:36 am

    Great review!!

    Im a little curious what really happened to that whistle of yours!

  27. February 25, 2010 12:54 pm

    Haha cute! Maya knows some might big words 🙂

  28. February 25, 2010 1:47 pm

    hahah this totally made my laugh!! I love the whistle part. Too funny. Maya is so cute!! Thanks for a great review=) have a great day hon!!

  29. February 25, 2010 3:39 pm

    Too cute! Love this review!

    Hmm… my dad works with VMWare at his company…

  30. February 25, 2010 4:14 pm

    she’s adorable reading that book!

  31. February 25, 2010 4:27 pm

    I love this.
    Looks like u have a little reader-writer on your hands 🙂

  32. February 25, 2010 6:30 pm

    This post is absolutely adorable! Poor Maya about the whistle (and poor Ameena too! 🙂 )…I think I remember “loosing” a small horn when I was a kid! 😉

  33. February 25, 2010 8:22 pm

    This post is so cute!! You have the most beautiful family 🙂

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