5 Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (and Other Useful Guides)
by The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman)
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Library E-Book from Overdrive
[#1 in my 75 book challenge]
First things first: if you’ve never been to theoatmeal.com, quit reading this review and GO THERE. It will open in a new window, so I’ll be here when you get back.
Addictive, isn’t it? Well, that’s this book. Inman has taken many popular Oatmeal infographic cartoons, as well as some previously unpublished material, and packaged them into a great little book for my reading pleasure. Complete with graphics about grammar, spelling, nostalgia, work, food, and life, there’s something to make anyone laugh with each turn of the page.
The best lists and guides included: 10 Types of Crappy Interviewees, 7 Types of Crappy Airline Passengers, How to Tell If Your Velociraptor is Having Premarital Sex, How to Suck at Text Messaging, How to Suck at Facebook, 8 Phases of Employment, and 6 Reasons Bacon is Better than True Love.
Beware, though, because some of the humor is a little crude. There’s foul language, sexual references, and, of course, references to punching cute sea creatures in the mouth (see title). It’s all in good fun, though, and it’s a brand of humor I happen to find particularly hilarious.
Final Grade: B Loved it and it made me laugh out loud, but it was a lot of content I had read before on the web. I would definitely buy the book as a Christmas or birthday gift, and it’s the kind of book I would love to receive on a similar occasion. I don’t have any specific plans to buy it for myself, though, but I will keep checkin’ the website. I won’t buy it for my library because of the crudeness, but I think that’s understandable — this is definitely an adult book, not a YA book.
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