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Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays Paperback – June 4, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936976366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936976362
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Highbrow mixes easily with lowbrow in this lively compilation of film, book, TV show, and video-game references. The "Cheat on Your Homework" list includes unlikely matched movies, Anna Karenina and Clueless. Ben Franklin, Richard Feynman, and Tina Fey make an appearance on the "Stand on the Shoulders of Giants" list. Scattered black-and-white cartoon illustrations don't support or detract from the text. Occasional themed spreads offer amusing dialogue bubbles, such as "Ten Essential Catchphrases for Use at Dinner Parties" (quoting the likes of Homer Simpson and Bugs Bunny), and "The Smartest Inanimate Objects in the History of Pop Culture," such as garden gnomes and couches. An extensive index might prove helpful in preparing for trivia meets, but the joy here is in wandering through these browsable lists. Fun and witty, historical and current, this volume will find an appreciative audience.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This book of annotated lists reads like an effective study guide for your next trivia night. Compilations such as “Survival Lessons from Ten Works of Literature and Film” and “Life as an Aristocrat” manage to find the commonalities between Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Downton Abbey. However, the book’s humorous trivial content is actually far more substantial than first impressions would imply. Using familiar categories of pop culture, such as music, television, movies, and the Internet, Harmon manages to touch on both high-brow and broad cultural ideas, classical art, watershed historical events, and literature. The content encompasses a wide range of genres, eras, and topics, and the hundreds of jumping-off points for exploring facts beyond the lists have great potential to inspire the curiosity of readers. This is a go-to resource for teens looking to bone up on pop culture, sound interesting at a party, or craft the perfect playlist for a workout. Grades 7-12. --Erin Anderson

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By Kristi Bernard on February 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pop culture is alive and well in the world we live in. Each year those movies, music, books and art are pinned to a pop culture category and left there for later review. We all have our coined phrases and we get those from our favorite movies and songs. But soon, like most thing they wear thin and are put away to make room for the next sensation or trend. But, there is no need to fret, “Super Pop” has brought all of those old favorites back to life. This lively collection is organized by five categories, thoughtfully referred to as “self-improvement” subjects. The intent is for the reader to feel good and learn something new. The first part of the book lists movies and television shows of all genres in which the reader is given interesting tidbits about the people behind the scenes, the actors and directors along with the cultural aspects. Some old favorites are mentioned, for example, Jacques Cousteau, South, Gorillas in the Mist and Doctor Who. Newer mentions are Casino Royale, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. There is also a section with ten suggestions on how to fix pop culture. The interesting factoids that can be found within these pages are also accompanied by cartoon-like drawings and black and white photos from movies. The back of the book has more resources for the reader just in case they didn't get enough information. According to Harmon, “There are a lot of things going on in this book. There are words, there are numbers, there are lists, there are illustrations, and there are probably some typo-os, too, but there are also, beneath and above all that, a genuine desire to turn readers on to exciting new things and under appreciated old things and to make entertainment edifying.” Readers will be entertained as they browse through the pages. Old and young alike will recognize many of their favorite bits of pop culture history. This is a lively and humorous read fit for any home library.
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Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely adore trivia, lists, and pop culture so checking this book out was a complete no-brainer especially once I saw Liviana at In Bed With Books' positive review. I'm glad I checked it out because this book was so much fun! I don't have a lot to say about it other than I really enjoyed reading it.

I do consider myself pretty familiar with many areas of pop culture but I was pleased to discover even more new things. I did know a lot of the movies and books but there are also music, video games, and more that were new to me. I appreciated the chance to get some new ideas for entertainment to check out. The list topics are arranged in five areas and then pretty randomly within each category.

What I liked the most about the book was that it is not just lists. There are full-on (often very humorous) paragraphs explaining why something is on the list as well as providing bonus materials on occasion. I literally laughed out loud at several points and shared a few tidbits with the people around me.

Overall, I think this would be a fun book to keep as a reference, definitely something you would want a hard copy of rather than the e-book version I read. My copy featured black and white illustrations; I am wondering if the actual book has color to match the cover.
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Super Pop! has a plethora of oddly titled top 10 lists. Some of the items on the lists are just as odd and off the beaten path than ever. I don't think there was one list that I had heard of every item on the list, but there were many items that I've been looking up. From websites and videos to movies, music, and books, the top 10 list doesn't shy away from anything. The lists feature both mainstream items as well as hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Where it misses is in its subtitle where it states it will help me win at trivia. There weren't really trivial facts about the items, there are books out there more dedicated to this, and that is really what I was looking for here. So that was a bit disappointing. However, I'm sure I will be referring to this book for awhile, if only for the items I've never heard of, but need to check out!

Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewer: Jessica
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If you find yourself second guessing a movie reference your friends made about The Breakfast Club (shame on you!) or you just can't seem to win at your family holiday trivia games, Super Pop is for you! It is chalk full of great movies, music, books, and even speeches you should know about- and if you don't you will, and you'll be thanking Daniel Harmon for making this book.

Harmon breaks up his book in to 5 categories- Be More Interesting, Get Smart(er), Stop Doing It Wrong, Find Happiness, and Survive the Holidays. Each with an intro about how this will help enlighten your knowledge of Pop Culture and how to WOW your friends the next time you're the one to reference a great foriegn film they wouldn't expect you to have any knowledge about.

I know I'll be recommending this book to a lot of my friends this year, especially the ones who are die hard trivia gamers- It'll be fun to see who pulls this book out at the next game of Catch a Phrase. ;)
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