5 Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth

Posted December 28, 2011 by Tara in Challenges /// 8 Comments

I love the graphics on The Oatmeal.

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.

…hours later…

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 Inman has taken many popular Oatmeal infographic cartoons, as well as some previously unpublished material, and packaged them into a great little book for my reading pleasure.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.


Tara is a PhD student studying education. Her dissertation will be on digital book communities as public pedagogy (ask her about it!), though she often takes a break from all of that to read books about oppressive governments and sassy teenagers. In a former life, she was a middle school teacher and middle school librarian. In her future life, she's a professor of YA lit. In her free time, she drinks a lot of coffee while planning her next grand adventure (there's always something).

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8 responses to “5 Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth

  1. My elementary school librarian, Mrs. Mullen, would be ashamed that you would find something like this hilarious. She looked like my dog’s butt so I already like you better!

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’m always needing new excuses to hurt cuddly animals 🙂

  2. Glad to see a YA librarian can chuckle at a little well-applied crudeness! The sucking at Facebook and texting would be SO much fun to give selected teens, despite the crudeness. Is the reason we “seem” to have an epidemic of autism/Asperger’s Syndrome kiddies because they ALL fail to meet eye contact BECAUSE, duh, they are texting compulsively and unintelligibly! Parents are warned not to teach common public courtesies to these kiddies because it would disturb their emotional equilibrium. How can you achieve balance if always leaning over a cellphone?

    • Miss Anderson

      And granbee, this response made me laugh. The thought of giving those infographics to my students just created a hilarious scenario in my mind. They are waaaaaay too attached to those phones.

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  4. i’ve been thinking about buying this book for quite some time…. it’s waiting on my list at amazon! i’m still on the fence but i’m leaning borrowing a copy somehow or another first :0)

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