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K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice Hardcover – September 26, 2012

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"The co-authors of the darkly funny animated stories "All my friends are dead" have done it again with this parody children's book, capturing the hilarious essence of their debut novels."
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"...great fun for adults. The humorous illustrations, done in the style common in kids books, greatly add to the fun."
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Avery Monsen is a New York-based artist and writer. He is the co-author of All my friends are dead. and All my friends are still dead.

Jory John is a California-based writer, editor, and cartoonist. He is the co-author of All my friends are dead. and All my friends are still dead.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452103313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452103310
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a little different to All My Friends Are Dead and its sequel, in that this book rhymes. It's actually a poem where usually four sentences are presented for each letter where the last line rhymes with the second on each page, such as "J is for Justice. Make sure things are fair. If somebody wrongs you, just cut off their hair." Usually, the format changes with a few letters where a blunt message such as "G is for Grandma. Remind her that she'll be dead soon." These are sort of more shocking because the rhythm of the rhyming poem has been broken. Some letters even have two examples so they are over spread over four pages, such as "F if for Fire, made with logs and lighter, Throw Daddy's wallet in, It'll Burn Brighter!" Turn the page and it's "Now Daddy is shouting like you've never heard, And he keeps repeating a different F word." Usually there's text on the left page with a picture on the right.

It's a fun read, obviously a parody and giving the opposite advice to what you would tell a child. In fact the book clearly says on the back cover. This book is not suitable for children of any age. Don't just jump straight to the poem and picture pages though, the legal disclaimer at the front asking you to sign that you won't take legal action against the authors is really funny too. The illustrations are also a lot of fun. Like with All My Friends Are Dead, I'd prefer these books were the normal picture book size but that's just a small gripe. It's pretty hard not to enjoy these books, they are definitely a laughing and talking point to anyone who picks them up.
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...but somehow I am not. I kept repeating "Oh NO..." every time I turned the page, then laughing like crazy. This book is ridiculous, absurd, pointless, awful, and completely hilarious. Five stars.
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By Mills W on April 29, 2014
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This book was sooo funny to me, but be careful not everyone will get it. I laugh every time I think about it, but some did not appreciate it. But those are the people that you probably dont really like anyway!
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The only problem with this book, is how short it is. I know there are only so many letters in the alphabet, but this book was so much fun I wish we had 26 more!
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This book is hilarious. I actually bought it for my 6 year old who is an old soul and has an amazing sense of humor. He was dying laughing. He thought it was especially hilarious on the letter "R". It says something along the lines that "R is for raccoon. The only reason his mouth is foaming is because he has a root beer float he probably wants to share with you!"

The book is hilarious, and as long as your child knows right from wrong, the book isn't that inappropriate. Overall a great purchase...
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I bought this as a gift for my 22 year old brother who was graduating from college as a deviation from the normal books that one gets for graduation. I read it before giving it to him and almost thought about keeping it for myself. Once he got it on graduation day he read it and though I had already heard what the book had to say, there is just something about the way that it is written to make you laugh again. Throughout the day, he read it or showed it to everyone that was in and out. This book is definitely not a traditional alphabet book for someone of a very young age; however, I believe that the range of people that can enjoy this book is very wide. I for one LOVE it!
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This became the hit of our Christmas for the adults. Each one picked up the book and smirked as they flipped page to page. If you're snarky or have a dark sense of humor, just give up and buy the book now.
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Coolest book for twisted grandparents! Bought this as a gift for friends who were about to become grandparents. Their daughter actually told them they needed to take "grandparent classes"....so naturally I told them to tell her this is what they learned in that class. :P

Creative book..not for those easily offended
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