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I Am Better Than Your Kids Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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About the Author

Maddox has been writing hilarious essays for his site, thebestpageintheuniverse.com since 1996. Through word-of-mouth alone, it has become one of the most popular personal sites on the Internet, with more than 50,000 unique visitors per day. In 2006, he published his first book, The Alphabet of Manliness, and its explosive success prompted the New York Times to coin a new phrase to describe its genre: "fratire." Maddox has also published a comic book based on his site and he has a YouTube channel called "The Best Show in the Universe" featuring clips viewed by more than 3 million fans.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182864
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This long-anticipated collection of Maddox's harsh criticism of children's drawings is, unlike the pathetic "artwork" produced by children, no disappointment.

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.
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"To be great is to be misunderstood."
- 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.
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By Matt B on November 3, 2011
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This book is not just amusing; it is laugh-out-loud, side-splitting hilarity. I was only thirty pages into it and I had to put it down because I couldn't breathe. It surpasses Alphabet of Manliness and any work Maddox has ever put on his website.

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.
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First, (no one freak out when I say this) I had never heard of Maddox when I bought this book! Second, I bought it shearly on impulse. I was leaving a store when I saw the big red 'F'. Since I am a teacher, I had to pick it up. I read 2, yes 2 of his comments on kids art and immediately paid the $26 to take it home with me. I felt like a sucker and was sure my husband was going to freak, until I got home.

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?!
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I'm serious. My mom picked it up and eventually had to put it down because she was aching in pain from laughing so hard. If you are offended easily please move on - do not purchase. If you like a good pun, this is one of the funniest things you'll ever read. Does anyone remember the firetruck from the original email that went around in the early 2000's? Ding Ding!!
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The book is wonderfully constructed, its hearty and is made to last through the years. If you had to pick a book to smack someone around with, this book should probably be your go to.
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
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