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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062000012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062000019
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Hello, boys and girls, and welcome to the wonderful world of words! You've learned the basics—from apple to zebra—but what about all those mysterious new terms you've heard the grown-ups whispering when you were supposed to be tucked up snugly in bed?

What makes Mommy so bitter? Where does Daddy conceal the door to his secret S&M dungeon? And why is everyone laughing about Grandma's latest delusion?

My First Dictionary answers these questions, and includes many other useful definitions, such as:

A burden is a source of worry or stress. Old people are usually burdens.

Father is nostalgic. He is remembering the happier times before you were born.

A puppy is a young dog. Connie gets a puppy every time she agrees not to tell. Daddy calls them hush puppies.

A zigzag is a jagged line. We can tell that Mother has been drinking when she drives in a zigzag pattern.

Carry a copy of My First Dictionary in your schoolbag and you'll never be at a loss for words again!

About the Author

Ross Horsley is a mild-mannered librarian at the Leeds Local and Family History Library in England by day…and a watcher of gruesome slasher movies by night.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Bull on February 4, 2011
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...or at least it would be by the standard laws of definition, but these don't quite apply in this darkly funny and vaguely disturbing book.

A perfect gift for the friend who has everything (or indeed, anything). Witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and possibly mentally scarring, it's the dictionary you wish they'd taught you in primary school to prepare you for the real world. The innocent illustrations are a joy in themselves, but take on a life of their own when coupled with the author's darker associations.

Buy one, read it in a darkened room, then leave it casually lying around for a friend to happen upon, then watch them try to stifle their guilty laughs.

Now how about a follow-up Thesaurus?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Eiffler on May 18, 2011
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As a prerequisite to buying this book I recommend that you either buy, visit, or revisit Edward Gorey's "Gashlycrumb Tinies" from 1979.
There is a similiar spirit in both works, although where Gorey maintains a certain distance and innocence, Horsley walks right in and plops himself on the sofa of sordid reality. "My First Dictionary" is a walk through the English language, explaining the adult side of words and phrases which are then accompanied by illustrations found orignally in childrens book, "The Giant Picture Dictionary for Boys and Girls". The illustrations enhance Ross's ability to move in, around, and on top of tasteless topics. The cover of the book is a precursor of what is inside.

Be forewarned. This book can get creepy. I recommend reading a little at a time, but by all means read it. JE
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Contemplatist on September 16, 2011
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This is a great demented read! The best aspects are that the topics truly are dark and the book is much longet than I had expected. My black soul enjoyed this friendly romp into a very un-PC learning!
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By Kate Singleton on May 6, 2013
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If you have a twisted sense of humor this book is for you. I was a fan of the author's blog.
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By Ruth Shipley on April 29, 2013
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My First Dictionary: Corrupting Young Minds One Word at a Time is crazy funny. Hilarious. Great fun with words for adults with an open mind. I am so glad my daughter asked for it. It's got my recommendation. One-hundred percent!
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By V. K. Hersh on March 31, 2013
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This book is not for the faint of heart - it will offend you. Or, make you laugh hysterically until you cry. Filled with wonderful illustrations and the most offensive definitions, it's the perfect gift for your craziest friends.
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