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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published January 31st 2019
Remember that the last laugh is on you
1. K is for Knifeball by Avery Monsen

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This quirky picture book is not for children. It offers "an A to Z of terrible advice", such as "N is for nozzle at the end of the hose. Water the carpet and watch how it grows." It's written by Avery Monsen, author of All My Friends are Dead. Each gem of highly questionable wisdom is accompanied by a cheery illustration by children's book illustrator Jory John. The dark humour is not for everyone, but it made me chuckle.

2. Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture's Favourite Books, Movies and TV Shows As the Might Have Been by Paul Laudiero

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Shit Rough Drafts is a collection of pretend terrible rough drafts of works of classic literature, as well as films and TV shows, from Shakespeare to Spielberg.

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It's a mixture of clever literary jokes and outright silliness that would make a great gift for an aspiring writer.

3. Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre- (Film) School Cinefile

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This one is another parody children's book. Written by Josh Cooley, it's a book for parents who can't wait a couple more years to share their favourite movies with their children. It's a collection of illustrations of key moments from classic films such as Terminator, Alien, Fargo, Leon and many others.

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From Movies R Fun.

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This book would be the perfect gift for a cinephile. The list of other made up "Lil' Inappropriate Books" in the back is a bit of a chuckle too.

4. You've Guac to be Joking!

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This is book of avocodo-based cartoons. Lots of avocado based cartoons. Some are cute and funny, in a Christmas cracker joke sort of way. Others are apparently supposed to be puns that just don't work, eg. "American Ripe-o" (I think it's meant to be American Psycho?) and "Guac Hasspectations".

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You've Guac To Be Joking
might make a fun gift for someone who really, really likes avocados.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Published: March 5, 2019

5. The World's Best Jokes For Kids Volume 1. by Lisa Swerling

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As the title suggests, this one actually is for kids. It's a book of clean, silly jokes, suitable for younger readers (approved by my 6 year old). Each of the jokes are illustrated with a simple cartoon by Ralph Lazar.

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This book would make a fun gift for somebody else's child, aged 6-8. They're going to be hearing these jokes constantly for days.

: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

February 5, 2019
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I chuckled just reading your article Jennifer.
by May Cross (score: 3|7631) 716 days ago
What a great selection of books for young children, young adults and 'grown ups'. Instill the love of reading to any member of your family with at least one of these books and they can have a good laugh at the same time. "Laughter is the best Medicine".
by Gloria (score: 2|439) 718 days ago
by Jennifer Muirhead on 02/09/2019
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