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review 2018-08-04 10:11
The Ladybird Book of the Hangover
The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover - Jason Hazeley

A good hangover should be a total mystery to you.


How did this happen? Why do you feel so ill?


Pretend to yourself that you drank less than you did. Insist you stuck to beer, forgetting the champagne at the start of the evening and the round of jalapeño tequilas you did for a bet in that club next to the dual carriageway at 2 a.m.


So far, this has been the best one in the Ladybird series, yet. And I mean the best of both the kids and the adult series.

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review 2018-08-04 03:06
The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover - Jason Hazeley
The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover - Jason Hazeley

  Free for Kindle today.


Not only did I grow up surrounded by books of this ilk, I still have a few. This might not be so funny if you didn't read in this style as a child, but I enjoyed a wry chuckle. The art is magnificent. There are several pictures that killed me, the cover is one. Some of the art, framed, would be awesome in the library next to my childhood Nancy Drews, or arranged above the drinks cabinet.*




*These are a purely theoretical library and drinks cabinet. Currently the shelves are randomly distributed throughout the house, decorated with too many books and ten years worth of dust, and I haven't hung any art in the fridge over my box of wine, but I can envision a minimalist modernity above with both.


Thanks to Chris' Fish Place for the hot tip!

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review 2018-08-03 00:37
Still Free
The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover - Jason Hazeley

I've never had  a hangover, most likely because when I start to feel a bit silly, I stop drinking.  But this parody of Ladybird books is absolutely side splitting funny.


The cat, OMG, they put in the cat. 


And the names, the names.  And look at the letters before the author's name.



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review 2017-01-10 00:00
Bed Time Stories for Grown Ups
Bed Time Stories for Grown Ups - CearĂșil Swords,Maria Eftimie,Joe Johnston What an interesting collection of short stories. From a woman who gets a day off from her job in the dungeon with an ogre and a troll, to a man whose fears of the impossible consume his life, these stories range from downright hilarious (in that wacky, absurdist style reminiscent of [b:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|11|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)|Douglas Adams|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327656754s/11.jpg|3078186]) to meaningful and touching.

My favorite story was definitely The Woman Who Needed to Sit. It's told using all of about 3 sentences, though one runs on so long, it quite accurately conveys the hectic life of a busy mom, while still remaining perfectly readable.

Each story begins with "Once upon a time," and ends with "And they all lived happily ever after," lending a fairytale feel. I love how the author takes the most mundane of ideas (a man who is running late and needs to tie his shoes, a woman whose parent's fear she doesn't have a good head on her shoulders), and gives it a fantasy twist (the shoes refuse to let him move, the woman takes her head off and tries on some others).

I'm not sure about the sample in the back, though. It rambled on in the most curious way, and I couldn't tell you what that story will be about. Don't blink. You might miss something. Though in his defense, the author did say that "Its process of construction resembled sending vowels and consonants downstream towards a waterfall and making a story out of the words formed by the letters that cling desperately to one another and to the driftwood as they fast approach the drop."

So I can't vouch for the end excerpt, but the rest of the book is fantastic. And you don't even have to be a grown up to enjoy it. :)
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review 2016-06-15 12:12
What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? - Virginie... What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? - Virginie Morgand

When I saw this book I knew I just had to have it, I saw excerpts/sneak peeks of it on Twitter and fell in love with the book. It finally came in 3 days ago, and yesterday I had a chance to read it.

This is a really fun, terrific book. Separated in various workplaces, from hospitals to theatres, you will see 8 people in each workplace and learn about their job, what the name of their job is, and also a short description of it. I really loved this, though at times I thought it was a bit too generalizing. I can imagine that they had to do it because otherwise the book would become too big but still I wished they had done it a bit differently.

I also loved the giant pictures before the job descriptions. You could see all the people at work and see what they were doing. I loved searching for the people and what they were doing, it really gives something extra to the book, instead of just a book about jobs, it is also a bit of a search puzzle.

There was however one thing that confused me, one thing that stood out and was weird. This book is about jobs, about workplaces, about what grown-ups do at such places. However, there were a few people who didn't do a job, unless these days those are jobs (in that case, I am all up for those). Things like a woman who is a shopper (just doing groceries), or a lady from the audience (in the theatre). Those are not jobs, and I think it is just odd that the author decided to add those. I can imagine it might be fun to add them and show that there is more to the workplaces than just work, but then don't promote the book as a book for kids to find out what they want to become later. Don't promote the book as being all about workplaces and jobs then.

The art was pretty awesome, though I (and this is not racist) wish they would have used a bit of a lighter colour for the people who were dark-coloured. Saying this as a style thing, I loved seeing the faces (since they had some nice expressions) of the characters, and the black and brown colours just ate each other and made it hard to see the character. It just became a bit of a blob, and that is a shame. I was delighted to see that they were doing characters in all colours (and shapes and also not letting gender determine the job), but I think this one should have been thought out more.
Other than that I can only have high praise for the art. Especially the big pictures before the jobs, those were just a delight. I loved the details, the colours, and the way the art was done.

All in all this was a terrific book and I am sure that kids will love this one a lot. It might confuse them, since not all characters do a job, but I am sure parents (or teachers) can explain. :) I would recommend this book to everyone.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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