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No Dribbling the Squid: Octopush, Shin Kicking, Elephant Polo, and Other Oddball Sports Paperback – October 20, 2009

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About the Author

Michael J. Rosen has written or edited more than 80 books for both adults and children. He has spent numerous years directing programming at the Thurber House, the cultural center in James Thurber's boyhood home, where he edited four collections of Thurber's work, created a three-volume humor biennial, and established the Thurber Prize in American Humor. An educator, author, poet and illustrator, Michael lives in Glenford, Ohio.
His collaborator, Ben Kassoy, coauthored No Dribbling the Squid. He attends Emory University. M. Sweeney Lawless, comedy writer and performer, lives in New York City and can hide up to five bees secretly in her mouth.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740781200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740781209
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By I. Cohen on December 19, 2009
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Michael J. Rosen and Ben Kassoy's No Dribbling the Squid: Octopush, Shin Kicking, Elephant Polo and Other Oddball Sports is a vibrant and hilarious account of the world's most quirky and unconventional competitions, which includes such bizarre sports as wife carrying, sauna endurance contests, and professional rock, paper, scissors.

Each page is a spectacle in itself, exploding with high-action, full-color photos (whether of snowball fighters, lawnmower racers, or mountain unicyclists), along with clever and punchy writing that gets you in, out, and onto the next eccentric contest.

With the holidays approaching, I bought several copies for family and friends, even those aren't sports fans (being a lover of the weird and whacky will do). I could picture my nephew practicing his cannonballs off the high dive after reading about professional splashdiving or, in winter, mounting a toilet on skis to prepare for the outhouse racing season. My sister, the world traveler and festival-seeker, might have to stop by Spain's giant tomato fight, England's shin kicking competition, or Scotland's Bog Snorkelling Championships after reading about them in No Dribbling the Squid.

I also love checking out the Featured Freaky Sport of the Week on the book's website, [...], and, as a fan of Squid on[...], I took the Find Your Inner Oddball Athlete quiz to discover, with great amusement, that I am destined to be a chess boxer. My areas of expertise: brains, brawn, and books! Squid is a knockout (or, if you will, a checkmate)!
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Giving books as gifts always seems to be more a guessing game than anything. Will it be too boring? Not the recipient's cup of tea? Will I even like it myself?

`No Dribbling the Squid' solves this, simply because it's not an investment. In my experience, some of the most enjoyable books are ones you can read for a few minutes, put down, and come back to days later. This is one of those, because it's a collection of short descriptions. It's perfect bathroom reading material, or even just for a quick distraction while working. Not to mention, the writing is fresh and funny. Seldom do books make me laugh out loud, but on occasion, this one did just that. Rosen fills the pages well by not just `filling' them - but by making each description of each wacky sport a cohesive and well-written story. Not just a description, but a story.

The premise is simple: Wacky sports with humorous descriptions. The pages flip easily, and it's thick enough not to get old. And honestly, who wouldn't want to impress the friends and family this holiday season by describing something as astounding as `retro cycling'. Don't know what that is? Then order the book!
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Michael Rosen and Ben Kassoy have done it! They've put together the perfect gift this holiday season. I initially picked up 'No Dribbling the Squid' with the intention of buying my 21-year-old nephew something he could read on his flight abroad this winter. The underwater cover jumped out at me as offering an interesting spin on the average sports book. I began flipping through the pages and found the graphics and descriptions totally engaging. I've never taken an interest in sports but the quirkiness featured in this book could entertain anyone (check out the section on wife carrying)! I highly recommend 'No Dribbling' to anyone looking to brighten his or her (or someone else's) book collection. You can't go wrong!
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I'll admit that I had my doubts when I first looked at a friend's copy of this book- I mean there's only so much craziness that I'm interested in reading about. But as soon as I started to read it, I was riveted. The writing style was very interesting and engaging, and the book fluidly transitioned from one description to the next. From toe-wrestling to wife-carrying, one sport was more hilarious than the next. Rosen has done an impressive job researching and tracking down descriptions of all of these "sports" from around the world, and he does us all a great service by putting them to text. A very funny, very amusing book that I would recommend to almost anyone- buy it!
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