Published: September 26th, 2012
K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice
By: Avery Monsen & Jory John
Adorable illustrated characters lead readers down a path of poor decision-making, and alphabetical, rhyming couplets offer terrible life lessons in which O is for opening things with your teeth, F is for setting Daddy's wallet on fire, and R is for Racoon ( but definitely not for rabies). With plenty of playfully disastrous choices lurking around every corner, this compendium of black humor may be terrible for actual children, but it's perfect for the common-senseless child in all adults.
What is with this trend of humorous books, that are "made" for children (but not really)? The authors of this book also wrote one called "All My Friends Are Dead." I kept having their other book recommended to me and was told constantly how funny it was - so, I figured I'd give this one a shot. After all, any book titled "K is for Knifeball," must be read and enjoyed with all the funniness the aforesaid title entails. Except for the fact that while, yes, this book made me smile a little bit, it actually wasn't something that I found hee-haw-larious like I expected. My expectations were probably WAY too high to be met in any realistic way, especially after all the recommendations. Really though, the best ones are already given away in the synopsis on the back of the book. Which, with the whole alphabet covered (kind of, they cheated with a couple letters in my opinion) you'd think there'd be plenty of room for funny stuff. But they seemed more intent on going for the cheap laughs. It might be black humor, but it was by no means SMART humor. And to me, that was it's biggest failing. What I personally want is the "Adventures of Knifeball." But you know what they say about not having everything in life.
VERDICT: 2/5 Stars
*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores, online, or maybe even at your local library.*