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Seriously...I'm Kidding [Hardcover]

Ellen DeGeneres
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Book Description

Oct. 4 2011
I've experienced a lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-This collection of folktales from around the world presents a range of tales that all feature strong women. While the majority of stories (7 out of 13) are European in origin, most are relatively unfamiliar. Only four of the tales, "Atalanta the Huntress," "Fitcher's Bird" (a Bluebeard/Mr. Fox variant), "Burd Janet" (a Tam Lin variant), and "Molly Whuppie," are likely to be recognized by readers. Yolen's retellings are consistently engaging and well written, whether she is dealing with the history of the White River Sioux in "Brave Woman Counts Coup" or "Nana Miriam," a culture hero of the Songhai of Niger. Ample source notes and explanations of Yolen's additions and changes are included as is a thorough bibliography. Unfortunately, the cover painting of a buxom girl on a ship seems much more suited to a "damsel in distress" collection than to these stories that eschew the helpless female. However, the interior illustrations are better.
Ellen A. Greever, University of New Orleans, LA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The title says it all: this is a spirited collection with a lively pace. Yolen's introduction, written as an open letter to her daughter and granddaughters, and her notes and bibliography frame the collection well. Like a bezel that holds a gem, her beginning and ending pieces remind us that girls know how to be heroes (but that boys need to know it, too) and that every time and culture has stories of female heroes that need to be heard again and again. So Yolen tells tales that may be familiar--among them, Germany's "Fitcher's Bird," related to "Mr. Fox and Bluebeard," in which the young Erna saves herself and her sisters from the clutches of an evil wizard. Other tales will be less well known: in a tale from Romania, Mizilca serves in the sultan's army in her sick father's place; and in a tale from Argentina, Maldonada's kindness to a puma and its cubs saves her. The stories sing and soar in Yolen's supple language, and each is contained enough for a read-aloud. Illustrations not available in galley. GraceAnne A. DeCandido --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy and funny Dec 4 2011
Format:Hardcover
Couldn't help but read this book in Ellen's voice! It was light, fluffy and funny... perfect for reading on the commute or just to give your mind a break. Don't expect literary genius from this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously... I LOVE IT! Oct. 25 2011
Format:Hardcover
Ellen's third book is probably the best yet! From the cover (where she tells me I'm her favorite reader and she likes how I hold the book) to the inside cover (where I'm assured reading this book will help me lose weight and get healthier) to the chapter for kids with coloring pages, this book is awesome!! If you like Ellen, you will love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously...this book will make you laugh June 21 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With a light heart I read this book before sleeping, it washes away my worries gets me in a relaxed mood.
And makes me giggle before sleeping.
Love it. Well written. When you hold it just feels really good. Yeh a feel good book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Karen Oct. 14 2012
Format:Hardcover
Purchased this book in audio form for a car ride. Honestly, I was looking to be entertained by something that I thought would be funny and light. I didn't really have any high expectations. Unfortunately this was a terrible listen. It started out strong and then it just went to ramblings that made no sense at all. I am actually a fan of Ellen otherwise, but this book was definitely a waste of money and time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Jan. 7 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While Ellen is entertaining in person, in written form she is not. This was a book full of rubbish. I didn't even smile once much less laugh out loud. Come on Ellen, don't insult our intelligence by putting something like this on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Oct. 6 2013
Format:Paperback
I love Ellen but this book is boring, not well written and pedantic. A couple of laughs but you have to weed through a lot of nonsense to get to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny Moments but Mostly Rambling Oct. 5 2013
By Tricia
Format:Paperback
She says so herself in the book she didn't intend on writing a third book and it was apparent by her constant rambling and, I kid you not, blank pages or pages for colouring. She's funny on tv but not so much in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing June 13 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not really sure what this book is all about even after reading it. There were some funny parts...it is a very random book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok kind of boring! But was delivered on time
Ok kind of boring! But was delivered on time!
Published 2 months ago by mcrocker
3.0 out of 5 stars Just like Ellen
Good book. Very quirky and very much like the Ellen we know and love :) The downside is the occasional useless chapter. Oh well! I had a good laugh.
Published 2 months ago by Alexe Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars It was for a gift
The person I gave it to as a gift absolutely loves reading the book Seriously I'm kidding written by Ellen DeGeneres !
Published 4 months ago by France Ferland
4.0 out of 5 stars its Ellen talking...
If you like watching Ellen's show everyday then this one is for your to enjoy while you are reading ... reading how Ellen talks. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Samreen Ahsan
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure bliss
Loved this book!!! Ellen gives you a piece of joy every time you turn a page! What a great, relaxing read...just love this woman to pieces!!!
Published 6 months ago by mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh a minute
As usual, Ellen makes you laugh out loud when you least expect it! The book is very funny but at times the jokes are almost predictable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by leslie graham
4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and funny
I want to write a book on my life and Ellen's book has been very inspiring and it gave me the courage to say that I will have my book out before I leave this earth. Thanks Ellen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lucie Roussin
5.0 out of 5 stars two thumbs up
came in excellent time and perfect condition as always. my cousin loves this book and was so happy to get it for christmas
Published 8 months ago by Christina
4.0 out of 5 stars Ellen's I'm Kidding
I really enjoyed her humor. Things you wouldn't think of. Good read for a good laugh! I recommend it for everyone!
Published 8 months ago by Pat Sykes
4.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Read
Overall this was an easy read. I did find that it rambled on at times but I decided to read just a bit at a time and found it much more enjoyable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lisa Wolsey
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