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I Am Better Than Your Kids Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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The book itself is a work of art. It's not just a cheaply-printed gag book. All pages are printed in color with a glossy finish. The dust jacket has a slight raised texture for the picture frame.
It has THREE HUNDRED PAGES, so it isn't just a printing of the drawings from the website. Yes, the classics are in there (such as the fire truck on the cover), but most of it is new unseen material.
The drawings being reviewed aren't just printed in the middle of a blank page. Instead, each piece of artwork is set amongst decorative toys appropriate for the topic (e.g., all of the vehicle drawings are surrounded by toy cars and other stuff). Maddox's commentary is neatly printed on legal paper within the image.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841
It is not often that a work of literature is as controversial as it is cautionary. When Mark Twain penned "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," he illustrated the dangers of racial bias that, at the time, threatened to regress into a pre-Civil War mentality. During an era when the fear of totalitarian rule was near its peak, George Orwell's "1984" provided a glimpse into a future in which human rights were of no consequence. In "I Am Better Than Your Kids," Maddox treads on what is held by many as sacred ground to deliver a prophetic warning about the dangers of overindulging children with undeserved praise.
Our present day culture is quickly becoming a bottleneck to progress. Throughout history, we have grown as a species as the pioneers of previous generations passed their knowledge on to their progeny. Yet, this fundamental attribute of humans that distinguishes us from other animals is overwhelmingly lost on the majority as we observe a world mired by apathy and self-entitlement, spawned from a pervasive lack of appreciation for our journey through time. While it has been said that education begins at home, the author makes the case that perhaps the disingenuousness of parents with regard to their children is a fundamental flaw of our society. The artwork presented in his book is a mere sampling of the vast collective museum showcased on refrigerator doors throughout the civilized world: each new work as indistinguishably bad as the last, serving only to increase entropy as yet another uninspired caricature is hoisted up for all to see.Read more ›
If you're reading this book and didn't laugh, don't bother posting a negative review. Call your doctor and check your medical records because chances are you've had a lobotomy.
I have yet to finish the book because I repeatedly have to put it down from stomach pains and crying from laughing so hard!
I am both a parent of 8 and a teacher, so I laugh hysterically while I feel terrible guilt that I'm laughing at the work of sweet little children who did their very best to get an 'F'. I love the contrast! I think it makes me enjoy the book even more. I think of all those times I have said, "Oh, it's beautiful! What is it?!"
My 18 year old daughter and her friends abandoned a movie night to sit reading this book out loud to eachother from cover to cover. They laughed so hard I could hear them two floors up in our house.
This is a definite buy. Maybe you have to have a slight dark side to enjoy it, but truly, don't we all?!
the pages are thick as to prevent ripping from hands too eager to gaze upon the next page.
and the critiques are spot on, its about time somebody began putting children in their place.
i loved it, you'll love it, your mom will love it, and your kids will thank you
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like Maddox you will die laughing at this book. The quality is what surprised me the most. Very thick nice glossy pages and a great layout that I imagine took forever to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is hysterical. Fair warning, as the title implies it makes fun of kids' terrible art skills. If you're sensitive to that, you won't like this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Scuba Chris
It's pretty solid and a good "bathroom" read. If you want to sit on the toilet and look at some crappy children's artwork, this is a good book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jesse "Bottom Reviewer" Radin
I must agree with Maddox on this one. His drawings are likely far better than the ones done by your kids.Published 8 months ago by J. Nikkel