NASTYbook by Barry Yourgrau

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Nice is Overrated.

"The perfect book for the budding Count Olaf or Sauron in your family... or for you." -- Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline

NASTY ('nas-te) adj. 1. Twisted. 2. Spitefully unfair. 3. Causing dangerous and severe laughter. SYNONYMS: Hilarious. Deliciously fun. Sample usage: "What a nasty, wicked book, filled with mayhem and mischief." "Only nasty criminals would kidnap a cuddly teddy bear!" "Monsters attacking 'cause a kid picks his nose? That's nasty." "A witch on the Internet, a superhero who farts? All nasty too!" ANTONYMS: Nice. Boring. Plain old ordinary.

Why can’t really cool parents dump their uncool offspring?
Why can’t talented imaginary friends desert their boring creators?
Why can’t pop stars be changed... into rodents?

Well, here they can! Barry Yourgrau’s NASTYbook is jam-packed with delightful wickedness for the kind of readers who can’t get enough of bad endings, rude twists, and assorted nasty mischief...(And don’t think we don’t know who you are.)


About Barry Yourgrau

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Writer/performer Barry Yourgrau has been making people laugh their heads off--or gasp in astonishment--with such books as Wearing Dad's Head and A Man Jumps Out of An Airplane. He's startled everyone with his appearances on MTV and National Public Radio. He even starred in a movie based on his writings, and in a music video too. He teased the world with his first book for kids, My Curious Uncle Dudley. Barry woke up one day in the US as a kid. Now Barry's ready to unleash the hysterically dark fun and games from the deepest dark of his soul. "With my NASTYbook," grins Barry, nastily, "I invite you to share in those cruel, twisted and shockingly mischeivous delights I know you secretly adore--if you dare!" He got there all the way from South Africa, he claims... Or is this just another of his jokes?
Published April 26, 2005 by HarperCollins. 192 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Again writing for short attention spans, Yourgrau clambers onto Lemony Snicket’s coattails with this circular, surreal tale of a lad who, inspired by a redundantly dubbed “manga comic,” stumbles off to the rescue after his shrewish mother is supposedly kidnapped by goblins.

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After trying his hand at a novel, Yourgrau returns to the format of his first NastyBook (2005), offering several dozen surreal mini-melodramas, most running only a page or two with the occasional typographic flight of fancy, deliberately lame poem or (one hopes) consciously ugly line drawing chuc...

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Set into its cover upside down (in order to make observers wonder), it includes any number of arresting opening lines: “Playful Fenton tickles his girlfriend and she laughs so hard, she explodes with a bang into little pieces.” Fans of the likes of David Lubar’s Witch’s Monkey and Other Tales (19...

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Teen Reads

These are just some of the scenarios in Barry Yourgrau's NASTYbook, a collection of gruesome and grotesque stories intended to disgust and delight young readers.

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Kidz World

Stories usually have bad beginnings and happily ever after endings - but not this one.

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ANOTHER NASTYbook: THE CURSE OF THE TWEETIES will please fans of NASTYbook and send those who haven't read the first book to the nearest bookshelf to find it (although, it should be noted, you do NOT have to read the first book --- which is a collection of short stories --- to appreciate the seco...

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