Monday, September 27, 2010

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition - Book Review and Giveaway

It turns out that inappropriate dinner conversation topics (i.e. Boogers, Vomit, Halitosis, Bloody Noses, Flatulence, B.O., Warts) actually make for an unusual and informative book of all things unmentionable. You'll find all the above and more in the newly published, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition by David Borgenicht,
Nathaniel Marunas, and Robin Epstein, illustrated by Chuck Gonzales; Chronicle Books (September 2010); ISBN 9780811875707; 128 pages
Book Source: Review copy from publisher

According to the book's introduction, "This guide has all the tips for how to survive the grossest of the gross situations that life poops out at you." Fair warning. This isn't the only time the subject of poo crops up in this book. And it's pretty hard not to laugh while reading about it. Even my mother-in-law, after first surveying the book with a glaring eye, burst out laughing with tears rolling down her face while reading the "Urine Says a Lot About You" and "Poopisms" sections. After all, it's true -- "Whether you cheer it or fear it, one thing's for certain: poop happens." Like it or not, kids (and some adults) find bodily functions and gross things, well, hilarious. And, I bet if they can get their hands on this little handbook, they'll read it cover to cover. While they are snickering they can learn a little along the way, too.

Just what kind of advice is in this book? Well, it covers a range of situations like How to Survive Bad Breath, How to Deal with a Spit Talker, How to Deal with a Gas Leak and How to Survive Lice. There's plenty of factual information mixed in with text that sounds like it comes straight from the middle grade diaries, a conversational tone sure to appeal to the intended audience. Comical blue and gray toned illustrations help put the matter into perspective. Here's an exclusive sneak peek straight from the publisher.

Honestly, it's pretty hard to keep a straight face reading this one. Definitely an entertaining Grossology 101. The back of the book even provides recipes for fake snot, fake puke, fake poop and fake blood. However, if you've outlawed the use of the word "fart" in your home, this probably isn't the book for your family. I'm not entirely sure, when the time comes, that I want my middle-grader repeating terms like "butt biscuits" and "wet fireworks" (though, I'm sure they hear far worse at school). But, I'll admit there's plenty to be learned from the book. Children might just pay heed to all those lessons on manners and cleanliness because they'll know exactly why, for instance, a dirty bathroom is not something to be taken lightly or they just might think twice about leaving that wad of gum under the desk. And, let me tell you, I wish I would have read the section on "How to Manage Your Cat's Hairballs" when I was in grade school. Maybe then I wouldn't have had to frantically phone my mom one summer during a babysitting job. The baby was fine, but I thought for sure the cat in that home was choking to death under my watch.

Lastly, back to the dinner conversations. The appendix lists some of the grossest human habits in history. Did you know that during the Middle Ages, diners used the tablecloth to wipe their hands and blow their noses? Yes, that is disgusting!

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Unknown said...

Oh my! This is definitely a book for my son. It would make the required reading for school much more fun for him. :)


Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

I know I'm not eligible for the giveaway so don't include me, but I still had to comment - sounds like an absolutely perfect book to graduate to after the one I reviewed today! We all need a good giggle now and then.

Unknown said...

I have a teenage niece who would think this book is awesome. Thanks for the chance into this giveaway.

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Some Lucky Dog said...

Normally this isn't the sort of book I'd read, but I know my grandson would think it's hilarious. He's 7, we could read it together and have fun!

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hendy said...

If I had a Worst Case Scenario Guidebook for Kids and Husbands I would be the happiest woman in the world. In the meantime I think my nephew would love this book
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apple blossom said...

Just the pics you posted looks like this could be a really cool book. love to win. thanks

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Taffy said...

Ok, not only would my kids love this book, I want to read it!


Natalia said...

I need this book for my daughter... she is entering teen-age in November
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John said...

This book will be for my kids. And probably for me too!
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April Yedinak said...

I think this would be great for my son. He loves gross humor and silly stuff!

Pam S (pams00) said...

this sounds like a book my son would love. ty for the giveaway!

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arceli said...

This sounds hilarious. I would love to read it.


An Apel a Day said...

I love the game Worst Case Scenario. I'm sure I'd love the book too.

karenmed409 said...

This would be a good book for the boys. I had to giggle when you mentioned butt biscuits, sounds like something one of them would say.

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Unknown said...

I'm the kind of person who would get myself into a situation where i would actually need this book.

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Jodi Webb said...

Who thinks up this stuff? My son would love it.

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ossmcalc said...

My grandson and nephew would both love to read this book. Then they can answer their own questions about some things that just are not good subjects for conversation. I may need it myself to discover how to handle some questionable situations.

Thank you,


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I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway

Thank you,


Jenn S. said...

My kids love these kinds of books and so do I. :)

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Staci A said...

My son loves learning fun, gross facts! And of course, he loves repeating them to anyone who will listen, so this sounds like a book he would love!
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k_sunshine1977 said...

my godson would love this!

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Terra Heck said...

I have two boys who would get a kick out of this book. Thanks.

Heather said...

*laughs so hard* OMG I could have used this in Junior High!!!

Not quite as impending as the shark attacks from previous "Worst Case" books... but still pretty dire, lol!

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Louis H said...

this book would come really in handy since we all share a strange sense of humor

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Anonymous said...

My grandson would love this book.

Tammy said...

My kids are into gross right now. This book sounds like it would cause giggle fits at my house!

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
Would love, love, LOVE to win this!

Crystal said...

Yes i know about 5 boys that would like this book..most of them over the age of 18!

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Anonymous said...

This would be perfect for my younger brother---and he is in his forties!

Renee G said...

I am sure that both of my boys would fine this book dreadfully good.

amanda said...

My daughter is such a tomboy and I know she would love this book. I could even see my husband reading this.

DawnS said...

this would be a great book for my grandson - although my daughters would probably get quite a kick out of it too!

Jen R. said...

this book covers both of my twin girls - the one who LIVES in a perpetual state of worst-case scenarios and the other who loves all things gross lol!
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tina reynolds said...

my kids would love this book thanks for the chance to win

Anonymous said...

My son would LOVE this! He's into weird and gross facts.

Amber said...

Haha this book looks funny and I'd love to pass it along to my little sister.

Anonymous said...

my daughter would like to read this book she is one of those germ free people. she also finds in interesting learning about germs and stuff. This would be fun reading for any child and yes us adults too.
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/\Heather/\ said...

Since my daughter had her nose in Grossology until she finished reading every gross thing she could find, I have no doubt she'll lap this up, as well. Thanks for the chance!
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/\Heather/\ said...

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cman said...

I can stand to learn a new thing or two even after having 5 kids LOL

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Oh, us Grandma's need this book to shock the socks off of our 4-6 year old grandsons.. Always have to have something new up your sleeve to get the "Grandma, you're the BEST!" response!

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