- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Boxtree; 1 edition (8 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447223489
- ISBN-13: 978-1447223481
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Billion Jokes (Volume 1) Hardcover – Unabridged, 8 Nov 2012
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"It's funny, but Peter Serafinowicz is the kind of funny person that funny people find funny." Simon Pegg, actor, "Shaun of the Dead""
An endlessly inventive, fully illustrated collection of brilliant one-liners from the BAFTA-nominated actor and comedian.See all Product Description
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If you've been following Serafinowicz on Twitter for some time you'll have seen many (most? Maybe all?) of the jokes in this book before. The jokes themselves are all very short, and in truth are more puns than anything, and each is accompanied by a large picture - an old-fashioned etching-type image - which means that you have one joke per page, so it is an extremely quick read and I easily finished it in a single sitting with a cup of tea in bed. It is worth pointing out that on the Kindle some of the text doesn't resize if you change the font etc. so on the pages where the joke is encapsulated within a box or a frame of sorts the text is extremely small and hard to read, and cannot be changed.
Have a look at the product description as it contains five of the jokes from the book (the "Muhammad Dali" one was one of the better ones in the book) and if you like them, you'll like the rest of it. Personally I didn't laugh at any of it I'm afraid, smiled a few times, but on the whole found it all rather tiresome and, as a follower of his on Twitter, all too familiar. A big disappointment for me.
(A footnote: You may notice that the hardback edition of this book has a lot of reviews, most of which are accompanied by Twitter account names. This is because the author asked for his followers to write reviews on here, and in return he would follow them back on Twitter.)
Do you like funny jokes?
Do you like funny jokes in books?
How about a billion funny jokes in one book?
Sorry Peter. I don't like to be negative, and I think there are enough positive reviews on here to offset mine, but it just didn't do it for me.
I loved this book, and, as someone who finds Serafinowicz's comedy hilarious, I was so glad to see his wit in hardback format. His jokes are made even better by the illustrations that accompany them - each one is perfect for its joke and makes each page stand out.
This book is one I'll definitely be sharing with friends and family. If you like laughing you'll love it. If you don't, you might be dead inside...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nowhere near a billion jokes.
I think that Peter is great but there are only one or two repeatable jokes.
Bought it as a kindle ebook and sent a hard copy to a friend. Brilliant in both formats especially if you LOVE puns and wordplay.Published 16 months ago by Ziggy123
I don't even think Peter's fans like this, as someone else said, Mr S encouraged his followers to write a review on Amazon for a follow, hense all of... Read more
Pete is one of the funniest men out there. This is a series of groanworthy visual gags in a nicely presented book. Don't expect war and peace, just a nice chuckle. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christopher Dalton
Funny stuff - occasionally hit or miss but clever - won't appeal to everyone thoughPublished on 12 Sept. 2014 by MMcUKED