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The Exploding Toilet [Hardcover]

David Holt

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Book Description

Dec 15 2005
Hey, did you hear the one about the man who dropped a lit cigarette into the toilet with some gasoline-soaked rags? Of course you did, it happened to your gym teacher's cousin. Or was it your cousin's gym teacher?

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: August House (Dec 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874837545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874837544
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,187,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–Seamy, quirky, or scary, these expanded versions of urban myths and legends are striking nuggets of jolting, sometimes shocking episodes for an audience that is difficult to shock. Even for those who've heard it all before, these pieces are good for laughs, gasps, winces, or sighs of relief or disbelief. A follow-up to Holt and Mooney's Spiders in the Hairdo (August House, 1999), these often humorous entries provide surprise twists. In one selection, a woman licks an envelope only to find it filled with roach eggs that eventually hatch on her tongue; in another, thanks to a gas station attendant, a woman avoids getting into her car where an attacker awaits. The book is perfect for sleepovers or camping trips where a bit of a thrill is in order. Simple writing style and brief entries make this a fun selection for reluctant readers as well.–Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it an honest try if you are a hardcore fan of folk tales or "strange but true" Feb. 3 2014
By Amiable-Akuma - Published on Amazon.com
The other, more negative, reviewer is a little harsh but I can see his point. This isn't a book that you become enamored with necessarily the minute you pick it up. It seems to be a bit more basic, less comprehensive or "professional" than something you might want for the genre. STILL...if you read through it's first half and haven't found yourself engaged or smiling regularly - then I think there might be something wrong with you.

Major folk tale, legends, or "weird short stories" fans may really be able to get something out of it. That's why I bought it - because I like the much shorter, more unpredictable stories out there of all kinds. They're all just so fun and easy to read. Whether it's Brothers Grimm or old American scary stories - these kinds of legends and fairy tales (well-known or not) - always seem to rise above with a certain charm.

That being said, I'll admit to only liking about half of the "tales" included within this title. Some seem pointless. However, some of the ones I did like are real gems that I'd be happy to re-read down the line. I would try this book because, at the end of the day, the authors have done a neat job of laying out these pieces while including some good ones that you might not be able to find in-print anywhere else.
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy June 14 2012
By ihaveeleventoes - Published on Amazon.com
If you're considering this book, pick it up and read a section of it (some are under a paragraph long). If you think its stupid, you'll think the whole book is stupid. If you like one section, you'll like the book. Its cheesy. It tells nothing about where these urban legends started. Its a loose collection of urban legends. It made me smile a few times but it never made me laugh. Its good to have to sit next to your toilet for reading to pass time. My kid didn't like it really. She came to me a few times because she didn't understand what was so funny about a story. And I couldn't find it. Kind of a waste of time. I give it a two because i think if you can't get your kid to read anything else, this might be the kind of reading he or she would want to do. I picked it up for us thinking it would be funny and it wasn't really funny at all.

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