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Awkward Family Pet Photos

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,014 ratings  ·  115 reviews
The authors of the New York Times bestseller Awkward Family Photos are back with a hilarious tribute to the unbreakable and sometimes uncomfortable bond between people and their pets.

There are few things more rewarding than having a pet. They love us unconditionally, shower us with attention, and because of them, we actually live longer. So, what can possibly be awkward ab
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Um, guilty pleasure? Somehow more satisfying than the website and cheers to those willing to submit photos.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing


It also made me laugh uncontrollably. And, seriously, I did have a terrible headache when I started to read this one, but by the time I finished, I was laughing so hard that I completely forgot that my head hurt.

The overall concept of the book is pretty simple, take some family photos from the earlier decades and pair them with funny captions. The majority of them really made me laugh and they even included some chickens with a family. Fo
Scott Collins
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great coffee table book. Only took me about an hour to read, but that wasn't even necessary. I didn't find that the blurbs at the beginning of the chapters really added anything to the book. The pictures, as they say, are worth far more. I can't believe some of the poses, some of the pets, some of the, well, other stuff.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first reaction was LOL ! What are these peoples thinking? A possum, really? These aren't those cute pictures of your kid who fell asleep on the dog. A lot of these are portraits, professional photography of pets in family photos. Some are Laugh Out Load moments. This book is quite entertaining.
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Pretty entertaining. A vaguely alarming factor when you recognize that some of the photos are not far off from what you and your family have taken with your own pets...
Kevin Keating
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Mildly amusing. Some very funny pictures occasionally.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
idk i did not read it i do not know how!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From the people that brought you and, they bestow upon you the book form of the latter, filled to the brim with awkward people and pets looking chagrined. Really, you're either going to love something like this or you're going to hate it. If you hate it, I'm pretty sure you don't have a soul. Because really, who doesn't like to gaze upon picture after picture of horribly awkward people inflicting their deep-seated dorkiness onto their non-human ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
featured Mike Bender and Doug Chernack's New York Times bestseller Awkward Family Photos way back in Over the Counter # 20. It truly was a laugh out loud book.

They're back with their latest collection - Awkward Family Pet Photos. All the photos have been sent in by the pet owners (and really every pet you can think of is covered) themselves. Some are accompanied by a short note setting the scene. Others - well some pictures speak for themselves....

Now, I am a devoted pet owner myself - I'm a d
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
As an animal lover in need on a good laugh, I was pretty sure this book would fit the bill. I wasn't aware that there was a website devoted to this as well as Awkward Family Photos until I got my hands on this eBook.

Unfortunately, the eBook was read on my black/white print Kindle, so for a book which consists mostly of photographs, this is not the ideal way to view this book. I was able to flip through the actual book at my local bookstore as well, so that made the book much more fun for me. The
Loveland Library Teens
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
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4Q, 5P, A/YA, Ages 8+
I’ll admit that I had every intention of scanning this book and moving on only to find myself reading it page by page. Laugh out loud funny pictures of people and their furry friends accompanied by witty taglines and the occasional narrative made this a real pleasure read. Whether posing with their primped up poodle or the 4H prize-winning cow, each of these pictures tells a story about the relationships we have as humans to the animal world
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I am an animal lover, cats are of course my favorite pet but I love them all. I enjoy looking at pictures as well. So combine the love of animals and the interest in looking at peoples pictures and you have a win, win for me.

This is not just your everyday dog and cat photos. These are family photos that include the human part of the family as well. We have snakes, pigs, monkeys, and horses just to name a few. Some are dressed, some are posed but all are just a bit out there
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Awkward Family Pet Photos is just that - a collection of photos of people and their pets. Some are funny, some are confusing, and some are outright bizarre. The thing that I enjoyed most was when I started reading the stories that accompany many of these photos, and realized that these are awkward pictures that these people sent in of themselves! My favorite had to be a family photo, with a mom & dad, and two little girls. The pets include a snake, and a young alligator (crocodile?) with it's mo ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one I found to be more fun than the original. Having had a collection of odd pets in our family over the years I feel for some of these people. But some of them have raised the bar of strange pets and what we do with them for a picture to whole new levels!! We never had any of our pets in professional pictures. And when you have to use electrical tape to make sure your Caiman (type of gator) does not bite your kids in the pro photo session....'s your sign. (Some of you will ge ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it

Okay, we have all seen the hysterical, Awkward Family Photos. If you have not, you must click that link immediately and prepare yourself for hours of laughter. Well, I had no idea that because of their success they created a spin off website, Awkward Family Pet Photos.

There isn't a whole lot to say, but Mike Bender and Doug Chernack have gathered the best of the best. Hysterical family photos with all sorts of pets. Cats, dogs, birds and other exotic anima
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
If you're looking for photos like the one on the cover? They actually used the funniest one for the cover.. The rest of the book went pretty fast. There were some amusing photos (though I had more fun looking at the hairdos and fashion of the 80's and 90's.) Being a bird mama myself, the section on the birds was pretty cute to look through as well as the stories that went along with some of the photos.. While I love my two birds unconditionally, I think it would still be creepy to go to a profes ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys
I had heard of Awkward Family Photos, but had no idea there was a pets version. As a pet owner (and one who has instigated her fair share of awkward pet photos), I found the book absolutely hilarious. The photos are funny all on their own. The captions could be hit or miss--most were good and added to the photo, but some almost reduced the humour of the photo. I also enjoyed the 'behind the scenes' stories attached to some of the photos--added even more humour to an already funny shot. Would def ...more
Karen Siddall
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Clever collection! Cute pictures of kids and entire families with their pets - not just their dog or cat either. Many are actually taken in studios! Captions are entertaining and not snarky. There is a section where pets were captured inadvertently, in the background, doing what comes naturally - so this part may not be for the kiddies. This was just a nice little book to enjoy while relaxing (for me). I look forward to going to their website in the future to see photos that didn't make "the cut ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Another book we looked through at the bookstore. Follows the same vein as the website and is entertaining, but nothing phenomenal. I think I would have enjoyed one of the normal awkward family photo books because there would have been more variety than a pets version.
Tiffany Day
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fun quick read, which - like its predecessor (Awkward Family Photos) - moves blog material into print form. Fun to flip through for a few chuckles; might make a good gift for the animal-centric pet lover. 3 1/2 to 4 stars
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is great if you have or love pets. The pets in this book are absolutely adorable, and I laughed out loud a few times. It's hard to compare this book to a REAL book, but I gave it four stars instead for the humor, and the fact that it was an enjoyable read.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dogs, 2011, comedy
The perfect Christmas gift for that wonky relative you have who spends way too much time looking at lolcats, or for that white elephant exchange at work. Would be best in a pet-themed gift basket. But not for me.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Well my 10 yr old daughter and I read this together. There was some very funny laugh out loud pictures! But also some gross ones. My only complaint I would've like a little more story behind some of the pictures! Great collection of some odd family photos including the pet.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not quite as fun as Awkward Family Photos but this was definitely entertaining. It was perfect to have on hand when my boyfriend was getting ready to leave for work and said, "Quick, show me a funny dog picture!"
Terry Collins
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe too much of a good thing? The weakest of these collections I’ve read, although dogs pooping in the backgrounds of oblivious photo subjects is always funny.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
With the success of the website and book Awkward Family Photos, it's not surprising that pets should get into the act, as well. Pets have been paraded in front of cameras since the earliest days of photography, and no doubt were as befuddled, annoyed, or startled then as they often are today.

This book wasn't entirely what I imagined, as not all of the photos are professional portraits nor do all involve human family members. Some are just the "cute animal in a hat, etc." photos of the sort you
Amy Palmer
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Animal lovers
Shelves: pets-animals
Mike Bender and Doug Chernack hit the jackpot with their websites Awkward Family Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos, and both sites have now been turned into books.

Awkward Family Pet Photos is made up of photos that were sent into the website by people who openly acknowledge the awkward positions they sometimes put their pets in. I was one of those people. After finding the website, I submitted a picture and was thrilled when the authors asked to use my photo in the book.

As odd as my photo is,
May 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
The picture on the cover is really the most "awkward" photo of them all. When I looked at these, I saw people who love their animals and including them in family photos.

For me what made Awkward Family Photos funny was that many of the photos are downright strange looking even if sometimes it's just bad hair or fashion.

Yet I couldn't appreciate the snarky captions that went with the pet photos in this book. The pictures were mostly really sweet.

Guess I out myself as an animal lover. Frankly if
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Awkward Family Pet Photo is a fun book full of funny and yes, awkward, family pet photos. There are 8 sections to the book: The Pet Portrait, Dogs, Cats, Birds, Farm Animals, Exotic Pets, Holidays with the Pets & Awkward Pets. Each chapter had an introduction that while not adding that much extra to the book were still entertaining. Some photo's had a little backstory to them, some had a title and a caption, other's didn't need them. There were also a few Tales from the Vet paragraphs that were ...more
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Mike Bender is a screenwriter whose credits include "Not Another Teen Movie" and the MTV Movie Awards. He created the hit website with childhood friend Doug Chernack in May 2009 after seeing an awkward vacation photo hung in his parent's house.

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