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Grade 6–9—It may be a universal constant that siblings find ways to torment one another, and Wilson offers techniques for honing the rivalry to an art. From traditional moves such as "two for flinching" noogies, and pinching or tripping to more sophisticated techniques, like making "chocolate milk" from dog poo and inflicting other gross-outs on unsuspecting sibs, Wilson has all the moves covered. Unfortunately, while his humor is usually in the right place, many of his techniques could be truly dangerous: the "seat belt sling" advises swinging the buckle like a mace, and while a caution is offered ("Don't sling the belt unless you are ready to chip your brother's tooth and go live with Grandma for a few weeks"), readers may not take it seriously. Other techniques involve sitting on younger or smaller siblings to subdue them, or causing humiliation in front of their friends, which could lead to actual physical or psychological harm in the long run. Overall, the hurtful spirit of much of the book and the real potential for damage in some "techniques" make it hard to find an audience that is both young enough to appreciate the humor but old enough to know where to draw the line. School libraries in particular will want to stick with Wilson's How to Survive a Robot Uprising (2005).—Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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From classic behaviors like the ear flip and basic tripping to such comparatively new tortures as noogies, wedgies, and the wet-towel snap, Wilson systematizes the techniques of sibling harassment as a martial art practiced and honed to perfection over countless millennia by billions of human beings. Offering ideas for both attackers and attackees, he groups his brief (and largely superfluous) instructions into Offensive Moves, Defensive Moves, and Psychological Moves (most notable among the last being the Strong Ignore), then rounds off his manual with various tickles and other moves deemed most effective on toddler-age sibs. McClaine adds occasional two-toned drawings that depict young demonstrators of diverse ages and races. Unless used as a discussion-starter, this is unlikely to spark second thoughts in actual bullies, but like John Hargrave’s Mischief Maker’s Manual (2009) and the like, it may prove popular with armchair hooligans. Grades 4-6. --John Peters

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599902796
  • ASIN: B004IK9FEA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. After earning a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he has authored seven books.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com

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I've been a fan of Daniel H Wilson for a few years now. His numerous robot books have provided me hours of amusement. I think BRO-JITSU will finally bring this writer to a much wider audience. This book is hilarious. Anybody who grew up with siblings or had friends with siblings will immediately flashback to the numerous "smackdowns" they experienced growing up. This book is the perfect gift to a sibling, friend, parent... anybody really.
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In a surprising departure for Daniel H. Wilson, Ph.D. in Robotics from MIT, he's written a book about how siblings fight each other for family supremacy (or just for fun). He doesn't look at the whys or wherefores, just what they do to each other (e.g. punching, kicking, taunting, double dog daring, cat butting, etc.). The book is divided into sections on offensive techniques, defensive techniques, and psychological warfare. It has the same tongue-in-cheek style of his other short books like Where's My Jetpack? and How to Survive a Robot Uprising.

Wilson also discusses when to bring in parents as referees and when not to. These tidbits are especially helpful as a parent so I can discern when someone is trying to get out of trouble or get someone into trouble. It will make parents better managers of sibling relationships.

This book is a fun read and brought back sibling warfare memories. I just can't let it fall into the hands of my four- and six-year olds. They don't need any more ideas on how to get on each others nerves!

Sample Text: The Sacred Vow of Bro-Jitsu [pp. 9-10]

I promise I will never hit my sibling in the face, even if (s)he always breaks y stuff and gets away with it, too.
I will strive to physically and mentally torture my siblings to make them stronger, better people. But I will do my best to never injure or scar them permanently.
I will never team up with outsiders against my sibling because we are joined by an unbreakable bond of kinship. Plus, I will be in a lot of trouble with Mom if anything ever happens to my sibling.
I will continue to refine and improve the techniques of Bro-Jitsu long after reaching adulthood so that my siblings will never grow soft--and so that they will never forget how freaking awesome I am and how much they totally suck.
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This is a brilliant instruction book for anyone who is a sibling, wether they are a child at the moment or just want to relive their childhood through a fun reminiscent type read. It provides the rules of the world of bro-jitsu of what is acceptable and what is not (eg no hitting in the head). It also explains to kids about other kids they may encounter in the playground who don't have siblings so won't understand the way the world works and these kids under current wussification of children anti bullying rules may go running to a teacher or become violent back. Therefore this is a must read for parents to give to only children too before they start school so they don't overreact and become victims of bullies.

Bro-Jitsu covers all areas of sibling smack down. Mostly in the house, but also in the car, school yard, pool and other areas siblings or friends will be around each other. Both offensive and defensive areas are covered as well as a few psychological tricks in the final section. How to use the referee (parent) to your advantage is covered as well.

All the classic moves everyone grew up with are in here. Belly buster, blanket mutilation, booger finger, candy bar in the swimming pool, dead arm, fake crying, noogie, nipple cripple, pink belly, python leg squeeze, wedgie, wet willy and everything else you remember (or have tried to forget), they're all here.

Daniel H Wilson has some other brilliant books out there as well. Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived and How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion are my favourites.
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Bro-Jitsu the Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown by Daniel H. Wilson 5 of 5 stars.
26 Techniques to Gain Family Domination
To be released by BloomsburyUSA April 13, 2010

The world's most (okay, only# comprehensive guide to sibling torment.
Kung Fu. Tae Know Do. Karate. All ancient martial arts that have been around for thousands of years. But there's only one that's been studied by billions of brothers and sisters the world over. We're talking about Bro-Jitsu.
Defensive, and Psychological moves, Bro-Jitsu is a tongue-in-cheek encyclopedia of sibling smackdown, from how to most effectively include pro-wrestling moves in a standard bout to executing a full-body defensive fish wiggle, which will get you out of just about any choke hole or tackle. Throughout the book, diagrams and illustrations of the moves help you in your quest toward Bro-Master status. #book blurb)

I've honestly got to say, this is the most hilarious book I have read in a while. Actual tears came out of my eyes. I requested a review copy of this book expecting a little novelty book I could review and give to my younger cousins afterward, but now I DON'T WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY! Daniel H. Wilson has an absolutely perfect way of writing to bring out exactly how funny each of these moves is, and I can guarantee that whether or not you have siblings you will get major dejavu reading this. My mother adores it as well. We're waiting on the book to come out so that we can order a bunch of gift copies. I don't think anyone could possibly NOT like this book. I highly recommend it to everyone ages 6-66! I'm going to include a couple of excerpts to give you a small taste of how wonderful this book really is. Enjoy!
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