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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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)!
`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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book because I was interested in an annual contest is Ashbourne Derbyshire England. It more than covered that subject, but included so many more interesting... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by H. Clayson