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Kids Say the Darndest Things! Paperback – August 1, 2005

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Linkletter's classic from the 1950s has been revived and revised for contemporary readers, some of whom could be the kids who uttered the witticisms taken from his original TV show, House Party (which aired for 26 years), while others weren't even born yet. A sample of a classic: "I'm the kind of boy every time I throw a rock, it hits a window." The new material has been drawn from his original books, from his recent lecture tours on families and aging, and from the quotes of parents, grandparents, and others who work with children. Linkletter has culled jokes and "gaspers" on family secrets, sibling rivalry, pets, meals, and more. Just as much fun as when previously published in 1957 and 1978, with Charles Schultz's illustrations adding to the levity. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A priceless contribution to the anecdotal literature of childhood. -- Walt Disney, 1955

Forty years since its first printing, this famous collection based on Art Linkletter's long running radio and television series is now back into print to entertain a whole new generation with the wit, wisdom and candor of children. Kids Say The Darndest Things! is a laugh-filled gallery of hilarious pictures of the outside world as grasped by the eyes and ears of innocent (and often not-so-innocent!) children of all ages and backgrounds. Brightly illustrated with cartoons by Charles Schulz, and enhanced with an introduction by the legendary Walt Disney, Kids Say The Darndest Things! is a collaboration that will prove as popular with the readers of today as it was when it first burst upon the literary scene four decades ago. -- Midwest Book Review

Linkletter's classic from the 1950s, revised for contemporary readers [is] just as much fun as when previously published. -- Booklist, June 1, 1995 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Reprint edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612497
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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when I was 10 years old, I found this gem in a large pile of books at my Grandma's house. I laughed out loud when I first read this book, and each time since. It is hilarious.
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Kids Say the Darndest Things!, by Art Linkletter, is a collection of highlights from his talk show House Party. It was originally published in 1957. It is illustrated by Charles Schultz (of Peanuts fame), and originally featured an introduction by Walt Disney (later releases have an introduction by Bill Cosby, who hosted a second incarnation of Kids the Darndest Things! and did a poor job).

In a popular segment on Linkletter's program House Party, he would interview small children, who often gave hilarious responses to (mostly) innocent questions. In this book, Linkletter presents some of his favorite moments from the show, and talks about some of the program's background, including how the children were selected.

Although it loses something in its transfer to print, nearly everything in this book ranges from the amusing to the hilarious. Only the last chapter, a collection of stories that didn't happen on the show (and mostly aren't true), disappoints. These are stories marketed as real things children did but actually written by adults trying (and failing) to be clever. On the whole, they come off as annoying. Stories like these still make the rounds on email, and they still aren't funny or credible.

On the whole, Kids Say the Darndest Things! is a funny, funny book.
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ART LINKLETTER WAS A ICON ON HIS GREAT TV SHOW. I REMENBER WATCHING IT WITH MY MOM EVERYDAY. IT WAS OUR FAVORITE SHOW. AND I REMEMBER OUR FAVORITE PART THE GREAT KIDS. HIS LOVE FOR KIDS SHOWED IN EVERY KID HE TALKED TO.I REMEMBER THE VERY FIRST COPY OF HIS CLASSIC BOOK I BOUGHT AT THE DIME STORE IN ALBANY INDIANA. FOR THREE DOLLARS MOM AND I WORE IT OUT I NOW HAVE AT LEAST TWO MORE COPIES OF IT. WE LOVED IT. UNITL THIS DAY IT IS STILL A FAVORITE BOOK OF MINE. I AM GOING TO LOAN THIS COPY TO A FRIEND WHO WAS TALKING OUT ART AND HIS KIDS. THE OTHER DAY SO I BOUGHT ANOTHER COPY OF IT TO LET HER READ THIS CLASSIC BOOK SHE WILL LOVE IT. LIKE IDO.
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I consider this one of the funniest books ever written. Art Linkletter tells about his conversations with children on his "House Party" TV program, and the stories are pure gold. Bill Cosby hosted a show of the same name, and he was funny enough, but he tended to use the kids as straight men (or straight women, as it were) for his jokes. By contrast, Art Linkletter was the straight man, and he knew how to phrase questions so the kids would deliver the punch lines. It's an old book, but the humor is as timeless as it is priceless.
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This will be a gift for my granddaughter on her birthday. During a business trip many years ago my husband sat next to Art Linkletter on a plane. Being the talker that my husband was, he came home with a signed drawing that Mr. Linkletter made for our granddaughter for her birthday. She was too young at the time to appreciate the drawing. I have had it framed and will be giving this book to her along with the drawing.
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I remember seeing Art Linkletter as a kid, watching with Grandma. Since I was in the same age group as the kids he was interviewing, I did not understand the humor. Now, many years later being able to read some of the things that were said -- it is hilarious.
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By Tricia on January 3, 2007
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This is the first book by Art Linkletter that I've ever read. It won't be the last. The "Kids" are the stars, of course. The stories are charming and such a pleasure to read. I didn't want to put the book down.
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This book was the first laugh out loud book I ever read. I was 12 years old and found the book on my grandparents coffee table. I have read it at least every couple years since then. Art Linkletter did a very good job capturing what is in the minds of children. The things they say are by turns hilarious and thought provoking. Children perceive the world with new and unjaded eyes and the way they process information is very unique!

My copy or rather my grandparents copy is very tattered and falling apart. I was so excited to be able to purchase a new copy. My children are grown now and I have shared this book with them. My husband and I just laugh over the anecdotes in this book. We quote them to each other quite often. We just reread the book out loud to each other and often we would have tears rolling down our faces from laughing so hard. It also would remind us of some of the funny things our own kids would say when they were growing up. Overall I would say this is just a fun book that will brighten your day. It is admittedly silly, but couldn't we all use a little laughter in our day?
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