Humor is always a very subjective matter, so I understand why any book that is intended to be funny will appeal to some people and not others. This book is no exception. I found the book to be very funny at first and it looked for a long way as if I would give five stars, although I ended up giving it four as it does become a bit too repetitive, At one point in the later stages of the book, but still a fair bit from the end, the author comments about increasing boredom because he is visiting the same kind of attractions that offer variations on the same theme. At that point, it suddenly hit me that the book itself reflects that, with the author simply repeating the same story in different locations. I didn't try to read the book all in one go - it actually took several bursts of reading, so the repetition didn't bother me, but I think it would have been a better book if it had been around 250 pages rather than close to 350. .It is particularly unfortunate that he describes the road from Aberdeen to Dundee as being on the north-west coast of Scotland. I seriously hope that this description didn't make it into the guide book. (It's on the east coast.) Occasional blunders (of which this is probably the worst, though the Wedgwood / Darwin relationship is another contender) and the book's length are my reasons for knocking a star off.
So it's a four-star book, but it arises from an ill-conceived project. Frommer wanted somebody to provide material for a guide book about British tourist attractions, with a requirement that each place be assessed for family friendliness - fair enough in itself, but (it seems) they wanted the material provided by one family who would spend several months travelling the length and breadth of the country, attempting to visit four or five attractions a day with few breaks. This automatically limited the possible families to those with pre-school children, because older children wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) be able to get the time off school. However, the main problem I have with the concept is that I'd always assumed (silly me) that guide books, as opposed to travel books, were written by people who wrote about places they were familiar with.
I don't blame the author for accepting the commission, because we all need to work if we get the chance (and I know plenty about not getting the chance) and I suspect Frommer would have had difficulty finding anybody with comprehensive knowledge of England, Scotland and Wales. They just wanted a guide book as cheaply as possible. The author, like most people, already knew about some parts of the country from previous experience, but there were large parts of the country he knew little or nothing about.
If Frommer were serious about the project, they would at the least have divided it up regionally, but maybe they looked at a world map, saw Britain as a tiny island and decided it wasn't necessary. While I hope that rival guide books are commissioned in a different manner, I'll look at them all differently in future. If in doubt, I'll turn to those amateur reviews on Trip Advisor for reassurance. I know from my own experience on Amazon that amateur reviewers are not always appreciated, but I also know that professionals cannot always be relied upon.
Another issue, raised by several reviewers, is child discipline. I was raised in a very different era, when discipline involved physical punishments. My parents were particular keen on harsh discipline. They found out - far too late - that it didn't work, because I made up my mind as a small child that I was determined to avoid family life as an adult. Society generally has learned that harsh discipline is not the best way to raise children, but I get the impression that the fashion now is at the opposite extreme. Whereas it seemed to me as a child that whatever I did was wrong, maybe today's children can do nothing wrong. Or perhaps parents, like teachers, are afraid that if they hit a child, the police will be after them. I don't know what the answer is, but it must be somewhere in between the extremes of harsh discipline and very little discipline.
I like this book as I explained in the first paragraph, but I only give Frommer one star.