I once entertained a group of four teenage boys for close to an hour just by passing out these three books. Unfortunately, it was in a church meeting and the sniggering (and occasional outbursts of laughter) were not entirely appropriate!
That was about 8 years ago—and just a few weekends ago when those same boys, now twenty-somethings, were visiting, they still remembered them and I heard them laughing about them together. I suppose lines like “Sticking your finger in a cat’s behind … that’s disgusting!” just stick in the teenage brain.
Each book takes a theme—disgusting, dangerous or mean—and comes up with a series of one line responses. ‘Hogging the cake … that’s mean!' ‘Swallowing thumbtacks … that’s dangerous!'
And so on—like these:
I love these little books because, while they're funny and quick to read, they still present some complexities. “Driving your Dad’s car … that’s dangerous!’ And yet it’s clearly not dangerous for your Mum. But ‘Smoking cigarettes … that’s dangerous!’ applies to everyone. And so on through the other books.
I also love the easy jump off to writing they provide. My children’s school once did a whole day of writing similar books after reading these. Some went with the dangerous, disgusting or mean themes but others chose kind, funny, silly and so on.
They’re just a lot of fun—and somehow it seems that no matter how often they are read there’s still something to tickle the funny bone!