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Kids Say The Darndest Things Hardcover – September 8, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (September 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553110438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553110432
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few comics can match the cross-generational appeal of Bill Cosby--and even fewer can top the Jell-O man when it comes to his effortless rapport with the wee ones. First with Fat Albert and Junior Barnes, and later with the little Huxtables, "Cos" has always had a knack for getting kids to say... well, the darndest things. Perhaps he puts it best: "When talking to kids, you've got to pretend that you don't know much--and a few seconds later, you realize you're not pretending."

Who better than Bill Cosby, then, to host Kids Say the Darndest Things, a cute-kid TV show in the spirit of Art Linkletter's House Party. This slim book collects Cosby's (and Linkletter's) most brilliant, wonderful conversations on the program, interspersed with trademark Cosby comic patter. Sections include religion ("Do you know what happened to Adam and Eve?" "They ate the apple and went to hell and their parents went to Los Angeles."); family life ("I want my lunch." "Well, how do you ask for it?" "Like this: I want my lunch."); sex ("As for birth control, I'm against it for humans but for it against insects."); and history ("Who was Paul Revere?" "False."). --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Bill Cosby is classically funny. Now, as the star of CBS-TV's "Bill Cosby's Kids Say the Darndest Things" he again has the perfect platform to bring out the best in all people through the hilariously honest, witty and touching statements of all kinds of children. Now, this sure-fire combination will take to the printed page in the must-have book of the season.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a great look at some of the kids that Bill Cosby has come in contact with on his tv show. It is an excellent way to while away a few hours!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zalmorion the Fantastic on November 15, 2014
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This USED to be a funny read. The old TV show was hilarious. I wanted to recommend both, but I can no longer do so. Now, looking at observations of precocious and funny kids through Bill Cosby's lens is both creepy and maybe unforgivable.

13 plus rapes by America's beloved comedian. Makes me nauseous. Do not buy this book. Yes, it is cute and funny. But there are better comedy books out today, anyway. Check out these authors' books"

1) Sarah Silverman
2) George Carlin
3) Jon Stewart
4) Stephen Colbert
5) Karl Pilkington
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Vonie M. Gass on February 8, 2012
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Laughed SO hard reading this book! It's a joy to have when you need a little comedy in your day.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on December 19, 2011
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I adore "Kids Say the Darndest Things" the show and now the books. This was a very funny read made more memorable by Bill Cosby's trademark humor. Buy it, readit, you'll laugh.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Jahn on November 12, 2013
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Such a good book for the family. Bill Cosby has a clean sense of humor but he is such a genuinely funny guy. Not raunchy like most of the comedians now days!
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More About the Author

The legendary comedian, author, and activist Bill Cosby continues to be as prolific and relevant as ever, reaching every generation and every audience since he began his career in stand-up four decades ago. He is one of the most influential performers of the second half of the 20th century. He has had an unparalleled career in television; has sold more record albums than any other comedian; his blockbuster books have sold millions of copies; and his generous support of numerous charities, particularly in the field of education, have endowed many Americans with the gift of hope and learning. Through his groundbreaking appearances on television, particularly in two landmark series each of which defined an American decade, Bill Cosby has touched the lives of millions of Americans. In the 1960s, "I Spy" broke the racial barrier in television by featuring Cosby as the first-ever black lead of a weekly dramatic series. In the 1980s, Cosby returned to television with a show that Coretta Scott King described as "the most positive portrayal of black family life that has ever been broadcast." "The Cosby Show" enjoyed years of number-one ratings and nearly unanimous critical praise.

Cosby's success on television has been matched in other areas. In 1986 he broke Radio City Music Hall's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. Cosby's also a giant in the publishing world. Fatherhood (1986) became one of the fastest-selling hardcover book of all time, remaining for more than half of its fifty-four weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List as Number 1. It has sold 2.6 million hardcover copies and 1.5 million paperbacks. Time Flies had the largest single first printing in publishing history--1.75 million. Now, I Am What I Ate,and I'm Frightened. A crusader throughout his career for a better world, his great success in the world of entertainment is complemented by his involvement with a host of charity organizations, making substantial gifts in support of education, most notably to predominantly black colleges and to various social service and civil rights organizations. On the evolution of his own style of comedy, Bill Cosby states that he was drawn at an early age to the masters of jazz, learning to emulate in comedy their ability to take an idea and continually find new and innovative ways of expressing the same theme. The legacy of Bill Cosby's comedic genius is as sweet, meaningful and universal as any piece of music ever played.

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