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The Mad Student Survival Guide For Those Bored Of Education (Mad Magazine) Paperback – July 1, 2003

3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: Mad Magazine
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439382017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439382014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's start out with the fact that I am a HUGE fan of MAD Magazine. I subscribe to it, I have a lot of MAD books, and I have most of the issues ever made. This book is very cheap and if you want to know what MAD is or if you like it, I recommend this or another cheap, short MAD book.

MAD has been around since the 1950's. In the late 60's and early 70's, it was actually looked upon as controversial. Kids and teens loved it, parents really didn't. I'll explain the things you can find in here.

The MAD Students Hate Book: 4 pages of stuff that you most likely hate.

Funniest Part: "Don't you hate...finding out that the kid that you copied those test answers from is even dumber than you are?"

Rating: 7 out of 10

School Supplies Unlimited Wholesale Catalogue: School supplies for your school that will make your children as miserable as possible.

Funniest Part: MADDENING COPY MACHINE lowers student grade averages by cleverly smudging key words in quiz questions. Mechanism is equipped with irregular ink dribbler, automatic stencil ripper, cockeyed paper feeder and other illegibility devices not normally found on copiers in this price range.

Rating: 8.5/10

When Corporate Sponsorship of Public Schools Goes Too Far!: When there are too many price cuts in a school, you have to depend on big name companies to give you your supplies.

Funniest Part: Some Extinct Organisms; Wooly Mammoth, Saber-Toothed Tiger, Dodo Bird, Mom and Pop Small Corner Hardware Store.

The Lighter Side of..School (Part 1): The Lighter Side of... segment by Dave Berg. (MAD fans will know what that is.)

Funniest Part:

Kid's Mother: Hi, there! How were things at school today?
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I bought this as a birthday gift to my 10year old who hates school it was my hope she would see some humor in school not all the bad stuff like bullies or homework but the funny things like the pencil sharpener that eats your pencil or the teacher with dog breath.I read the book with her and we both had a good long over due laugh together I cant wait to get the next book of mad. I recommend these funny mad books for parents&kids,teens
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There was a time when MAD Magazine was considered edgy, controversial, adult. This 2002 collection of school-themed cartoons, published by Scholastic, is proof of how far the mighty have fallen. When I was under the age of 13, I wasn't even allowed to say the word MAD. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration but due to it's (im)mature content, my mother wouldn't let me buy it. That wasn't so much of a problem as my dad regularly bought the publication and he let me read his copies when my mom was at work. (Plus I was more of a Cracked Magazine fan and delighted in the works of John Severin, Jack Davis, and Sol Brodsky.)

But I remember that the MAD's of the 70s and 80s tackled issues like Nixon and Watergate, The Sexual Revolution, Women's Lib, Gorbachev and his silly birthmark, the Gary Sex scandal, and Iran-Contra. This was biting stuff that stuck it to the man or whoever else was in charge. It was the print version of the attitude of founder William Gaines (creator of EC classics like Weird Science and The Vault of Horror.) Gaines saw first hand what happened when government got involved in your business from the aftermath of the 1950s comics scare and created MAD as a way to skewer the traditonal (and often flawed) American Way of life.

The MAD Student Survival Guide is a strange mixture of classic Gaines and the modern DC versions of the title. Dave Berg's 'The Lighter Side Of...' is featured throghout the book as are Drawn Out Dramas, those great tiny cartoons by Sergio Aragones. Classic MAD artists like Al Jaffee and Don Martin are featured too. But the majority of the features in the book is the modern day drivel that MAD is now known for. Though a feature about the types of lunches packed by mom, that featured an up-and-coming Amanda Conner, was a delight.
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ive been on a mad kick lately and have ordered alot of the mad compilations offered on this site. most of them i have been pretty happy with. this is one of the few exceptions.

i was expecting this to be more inline with some of the other offerings such as Mad about Superheroes or Mad about the 80's. this is instead a very small, thin book.

its kinda confusing because mad has such a large library and could have easily filled a book 10 times this size.

its barely a book, its more of a pamplet.
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If you are not reading MAD then you are not reading...(borrowed from the Chicago Reader). Gee Wiz...formed a whole generation with
"telling it like it is"...influence great minds like film critic Roger Ebert..Jim Morrison...If you don't like public school, private school...
the "establishment" then READ MAD so you can ask the better questions and put your teachers on the spot...(unless they also
read MAD).
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Thought Mad was funny 35 years ago when it went along with the fads and jokes of the time. This book must have been written back then because its dreadfully outdated!
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