Friday, April 15, 2016

Booknote: The Jumbo Duct Tape Book

Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg, The Jumbo Duct Tape Book. New York: Workman Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 0-7611-2110-2.

Genre: nonfiction
Subgenre: humor and trivia
Format: small paperback
Source: Berea branch of the Madison County (KY) public library

This is a humor and trivia book about that wonderful fix-it-all took: duct tape. It's 400-plus pages of trivia, tips, and humor. Jim and Tim, the Duct Tape Guys, blend some real tips on uses of duct tape with some wacky ideas, including quite a few not to be tried at home (or anywhere no matter what). The authors claim that many of the tips in the book come from visitors to their website ( As for the tips, I will let them explain:

"Please don't try any of the hints in this book that are blatantly stupid, potentially injurious, disrespectful to human or animal life, or outright dangerous. Some of the hints are real, useable ideas (we aren't distinguishing which ones)" (viii). 

The guys seem to have a lot of faith in their readers; maybe a bit more faith than I would have. Anyhow, in the end, it's a thick little book meant to be read in fun. Some ideas are more amusing than others. The I got it from has it labeled as a young adult title, but I am sure some adults will find amusement in the book as well.

3 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2016 Reading Challenges:

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