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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Maximum Pleasant Publishing (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615464939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615464930
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A parody in the vein of the classic Japanese children s book Everyone Poops, this slender volume addresses matters mortal as opposed to those fecal, and the result is a curious work that straddles the line between the flat-out morbid and the darkly humorous. International YouTube personality Tanaka approaches the material from the perspective of a book intended for reading to frightened adults by their children in an attempt to help them understand the various ways in which we can meet our fate. The author achieves this via page after page of images depicting many possible demise scenarios with images rendered in a childlike style evoking art generated by and for elementary schoolers as posters. The faux kiddie aesthetic merrily portrays surfing tragedy, being devoured by wild animals, war, armed robbery, and overdose as just some of the lethal possibilities, content that is simultaneously amusing and quite grim. --Publishers Weekly

Mirroring the tone and tenor of Tara Gomi's groundbreaking EVERYONE POOPS, with EVERYBODY DIES... (out October 1 from Maximum Pleasant Publishing), Tanaka has crafted a slender tome that slyly assists readers in coming to grips with the grim reaper in every conceivable fashion. Columns of crudely drawn skulls greet the reader on page one, conjuring up the catacombs of paris as if sketched by a kindergartner. A catalog of "diseases that could be killing you right now" are illustrated grimly with primitive care, and in an added dash of pathos we are asked, in colorful magic marker drawings, to confront the sobering idea of losing our family, our pets and even ourselves. Tanaka's timing could not be better. Thanks to Adam Mansback and Ricardo Cortes' runaway bestseller GO THE FUCK TO SLEEP (not to mention Samuel Jackson's riveting audio rendition of said title), it seems high season for children's books aimed at parents rather than their offspring. Tanaka's straightforward, matter-of-fact style is pitch perfect with the pre-pubertal publications it succinctly mimics. So much so, it would be no surprise to one day discover EVERYBODY DIES... accidentally shelved in the children's section of the local bookstore. But here's the rub: it should be there. The one regrettable attribute of EVERYBODY DIES... is that it doesn't remain resolute in its puerile convictions. By subtitling the books, "A children's book for grown ups," Tanaka concedes defeat in not purposing the book to its true intended audience: children. While adults will surely find EVERYBODY DIES... funny, there is a missed opportunity here, as kids could lean a fundamental lesson from this book: every living thing must die someday. Is it too perverse to think that children should be made aware of death as a fundamental cornerstone of life? If EVERYONE POOPS successfully acquainted boys and girls with their bowels back in 2001, then we might as well introduce them to their own eventual demise. --Fangoria Magazine

An amusing, quirky, and original take on the issue of eternal rest, with charming and thought-provoking images that boldly illustrate a difficult subject with rare humor and poignancy. --Flavorpill (Tanja M. Laden)

From the Back Cover

Nobody likes to think about death, but the world would be awfully crowded without it.

From YouTube sensation Ken Tanaka and actor David Ury, who was crushed by an ATM on AMC's Breaking Bad, comes Everybody Dies, a colorful story and delightful assemblage of games that makes it easy-even fun- to come to grips with mortality.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A children's book that just tells it like it is.
Melian
The thing I really like about this book is that it makes death cute, and funny, but also tells it like it is.
The Russian
Every time I let someone read my copy I always love to watch their reaction as they get to that page.
Shoesformyfeet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shoesformyfeet on September 29, 2011
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Sweet and innocent, but also dark and hilarious, Everybody Dies is a rare, carefully crafted gem. It starts out as if it really is a cute children's book about death, but somewhere around mid way is a two page spread that says "Your pet cat won't be around forever" "Neither will Mommy or Daddy". Every time I let someone read my copy I always love to watch their reaction as they get to that page. Then it pushes the line further and further with an "activity page" which allows you to check the box if you know people who have died in various ways such as overdose or helicopter crashes. The most brutal page by far is "Did you tell grandma you loved her before her stroke?". Ahhhhh!

The thing that I really appreciate about the book is that funny and dark as it is, it's all true. The book is pure science, and really could be read to a child who is curious about death.

I think it does take a certain sense of humor to enjoy this book, but you'll probably know from the title if it appeals to you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melian on October 7, 2011
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A children's book that just tells it like it is. Eventually we have to tell our children hard truths, and this book helps children realize in the friendliest way possible that someday everything they know and love will someday die. The charming illustrations help ease the reader into this realization, but it in no way sugar coats the inevitable. Thank you, Ken Tanaka, for helping me not lie to my children about what happens in the end - and giving me an entertaining read, complete with activities for the whole family!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V1t0 on February 24, 2012
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Great book, in the same vein as Go the F&$& to sleep. I like this book more because its less repetitive, and funnier. I keep on my coffee table and it's always being talked about. I'm looking forward to the other books by Ken Tanaka, very interesting titles, if they aren't a joke, I'm sure they would be just as hysterical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Lewis on April 6, 2014
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I love this book! I am putting a copy by my obituary that I've pre-written so my family doesn't have to. Everyone needs a copy of this book to read after a death. It can open up a valuable discussion!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharpiemole on October 24, 2012
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I was assigned this book for a humor class I took at Cal State. I'd never heard of it or seen it before. This was definitely one of the best books we covered in class. The author actually came in to our class to discuss the book with us and showed some of his videos, which kind of blew my mind.
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