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The Mad Student Survival Guide for Those Bored of Education: By the Usual Gang of Idiots (Mad Magazine) Paperback – 1 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439382017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439382014
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 16.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great little book. Compiled from older issues, focuses on education. Good for a quick laugh at the tube while commuting. My only complain would be its size: I wish it never ended.
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Funny. Enjoyable.
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HASH(0x8fd55438) out of 5 stars A Book of Complete MADness 12 Jun. 2005
By Boxy The Turtle - Published on
Let's start out with the fact that I am a HUGE fan of MAD Magazine. I subscribe to it, I have a lot of MAD books, and I have most of the issues ever made. This book is very cheap and if you want to know what MAD is or if you like it, I recommend this or another cheap, short MAD book.

MAD has been around since the 1950's. In the late 60's and early 70's, it was actually looked upon as controversial. Kids and teens loved it, parents really didn't. I'll explain the things you can find in here.

The MAD Students Hate Book: 4 pages of stuff that you most likely hate.

Funniest Part: "Don't you hate...finding out that the kid that you copied those test answers from is even dumber than you are?"

Rating: 7 out of 10

School Supplies Unlimited Wholesale Catalogue: School supplies for your school that will make your children as miserable as possible.

Funniest Part: MADDENING COPY MACHINE lowers student grade averages by cleverly smudging key words in quiz questions. Mechanism is equipped with irregular ink dribbler, automatic stencil ripper, cockeyed paper feeder and other illegibility devices not normally found on copiers in this price range.

Rating: 8.5/10

When Corporate Sponsorship of Public Schools Goes Too Far!: When there are too many price cuts in a school, you have to depend on big name companies to give you your supplies.

Funniest Part: Some Extinct Organisms; Wooly Mammoth, Saber-Toothed Tiger, Dodo Bird, Mom and Pop Small Corner Hardware Store.

The Lighter Side of..School (Part 1): The Lighter Side of... segment by Dave Berg. (MAD fans will know what that is.)

Funniest Part:

Kid's Mother: Hi, there! How were things at school today?

Kid: We kids got TERRIBLE PROBLEMS!!

Kid's Mother: Oh...? What kind of problems?

Kid: Pneumonia...appendicitis...tuberculosis...pyorrhea...

Kid's Mother: Oh my!! You mean everybody's getting sick from them?

Kid: Boy, I'll say! Those are the WORDS we have to learn for the big SPELLING TEST tomorrow!!

Rating: 10/10

Why Didn't You Do Your Homework?- Excuses for forgetting to do your homework.

Funniest Part: Your father used the last piece of looseleaf in the house as a "pooper scooper" when he walked the dog!

Rating: 10/10

Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions: Hans Brickface Memorial High- Snappy answers to stupid questions by Al Jaffee.

Funniest Part: Teacher: You call this homework?

Response: Kid: No, I call it two and a half hours of lost TV time.

Rating: 9/10

A MAD Look At Teachers: The "teachers" version of Sergio Aragones' hit.

Funniest part: It has no words and I can't explain it.

Rating: 7/10

The Lighter Side of School (Part 2): See Part 1.

Funniest Part:

Kid: Today, I was the only kid in class who could answer the teacher's question.

Kid's Mother: How nice! And what did the teacher ask??


Rating: 10/10

Student Excuse Notes for the 21st Century: Stupid absent notes by parents.

Funniest Part: Dear Mrs. Unbe, Please excuse Melantha's absence from English class yesterday. She had to wait for FedEx to deliver her term paper. Thank You, Brent Sackbut

Rating: 9/10

What Really Goes on At Those Teachers' Conferences!: The name says it all.

Funniest part: They get together to coordinate pop quizzes for maximum student stress.

Rating: 8/10

The Lighter Side of School (Part 3): See Part 2.

Funniest Part:

Girl in Class: Thank goodness this class is over! What have we got in the next period?

Boy in Class: Huh? Oh, just a minute! I'll check out the schedule...

Boy in Class: What class was this one?

Rating: 10/10

Modern-Day Crises In Our Public Schools: The name says it all.

Funniest Part: Finster High School students Al Elam and Byron Brooks sustained minor injuries today when they opened the locker they share and a cascade of textbooks, yo-yos, notepads, Frisbees, skateboards, a radio, a lunch box, gym bags, tennis shoes, pens, pencils and 9 half-eaten sandwiches rained down on them.

Rating: 6/10

Lunch-Packing Mom Profiles: What your mom packs you for lunch and what type of mom it is.

Favorite Profile: Stressed Out Working Mom:

-Your sister's favorite gummy snacks, not yours.

- A can of soup with house key taped to it, with directions to microwave for dinner tonight.

- Your sandwich, accidentally wrapped in Mom's first quarter marketing report.

Rating: 9/10

The Brownnosing Guide To Writing A+ School Papers: How to write A+ papers in all your classes.

Favorite Part: The Sure Fire A+ Book Report: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a little noan piece of litterchure that might have remaned unnoan if Miss Fennery hadnt noan to asssign it, theirby making it noan to all of us."

Rating: 7/10

Clues Your High School's Football Team Really Stinks: The name says it all.

Favorite Part: By the third quarter, the opposing team's mascot is playing fullback and putting up Heisman numbers.

Rating: 11/10 AWESOME

Bumper Stickers That Reflect Real School Life

Favorite Part: "Me child am English honor student at Brownlake High".

Rating: 9/10

Monroe and the School Clothes: The School Clothes edition of Bill Wray and Anthony Barbieri's Monroe comic.

Favorite Part: none, it all sucks

Rating: 1/10

The Lighter Side of School (Part 1A): See Part 3.

Favorite Part:

Girl in School: I don't understand your uneven grades, Larry! On one test you score brilliantly, on the next you fail miserably!

Boy in School: What's not to understand? It's obvious it's all in the studying!

Boy in School: If the guy sitting next to me did what he was supposed to and studied hard, I get good grades!

Rating: 9/10

One Tuesday Afternoon After School

A Don Martin one-page comic.

Rating: 4/10

All in all, this is perfect for a student, a college graduate or just anyone who wants to learn. I recommend this and a subscription to MAD Magazine.
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HASH(0x8f3c21f8) out of 5 stars a mad letdown 11 Sept. 2010
By Malcolm L. Evans - Published on
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ive been on a mad kick lately and have ordered alot of the mad compilations offered on this site. most of them i have been pretty happy with. this is one of the few exceptions.

i was expecting this to be more inline with some of the other offerings such as Mad about Superheroes or Mad about the 80's. this is instead a very small, thin book.

its kinda confusing because mad has such a large library and could have easily filled a book 10 times this size.

its barely a book, its more of a pamplet.
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HASH(0x8fe56108) out of 5 stars MAD student survival guide 13 Aug. 2012
By Cathleen Hendrickson Spitson - Published on
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I bought this as a birthday gift to my 10year old who hates school it was my hope she would see some humor in school not all the bad stuff like bullies or homework but the funny things like the pencil sharpener that eats your pencil or the teacher with dog breath.I read the book with her and we both had a good long over due laugh together I cant wait to get the next book of mad. I recommend these funny mad books for parents&kids,teens
HASH(0x915fdb7c) out of 5 stars Bored of MAD Magazine 4 Jan. 2016
By Clarence A. Dillard, Jr. - Published on
There was a time when MAD Magazine was considered edgy, controversial, adult. This 2002 collection of school-themed cartoons, published by Scholastic, is proof of how far the mighty have fallen. When I was under the age of 13, I wasn't even allowed to say the word MAD. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration but due to it's (im)mature content, my mother wouldn't let me buy it. That wasn't so much of a problem as my dad regularly bought the publication and he let me read his copies when my mom was at work. (Plus I was more of a Cracked Magazine fan and delighted in the works of John Severin, Jack Davis, and Sol Brodsky.)

But I remember that the MAD's of the 70s and 80s tackled issues like Nixon and Watergate, The Sexual Revolution, Women's Lib, Gorbachev and his silly birthmark, the Gary Sex scandal, and Iran-Contra. This was biting stuff that stuck it to the man or whoever else was in charge. It was the print version of the attitude of founder William Gaines (creator of EC classics like Weird Science and The Vault of Horror.) Gaines saw first hand what happened when government got involved in your business from the aftermath of the 1950s comics scare and created MAD as a way to skewer the traditonal (and often flawed) American Way of life.

The MAD Student Survival Guide is a strange mixture of classic Gaines and the modern DC versions of the title. Dave Berg's 'The Lighter Side Of...' is featured throghout the book as are Drawn Out Dramas, those great tiny cartoons by Sergio Aragones. Classic MAD artists like Al Jaffee and Don Martin are featured too. But the majority of the features in the book is the modern day drivel that MAD is now known for. Though a feature about the types of lunches packed by mom, that featured an up-and-coming Amanda Conner, was a delight.

The new MAD is like those classic kids magazines from the 70s and 80s: Dynamite and Hot Dog. But those titles, the brain child of future DC EIC Jeanette Kahn, were from day one geared at kids. MAD wasn't! EC Comics were more known for having an adult auidence. But thanks to the coming of the Comics Code, William Gaines had to switch the format from a 4-colored comic to a black and white tabloid style in order to be free from the CCA's censoring body.

For almost 40-years, MAD was the authority in satire and biting wit and gave birth to such institutions as National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, and even a live-action series on FOX called MADTV. But when Gaines died in 1992 the title's spirit of piss and vinegar died with it. The effects of Gaines death was both immediate and lingering. The company was bought out by Time Warner and the publication was looked at as just another title in the conglomerate's vast catalogue.

Sales were deemed more important than Gaines' attitude that MAD was a labor of love. Eventually, the title was consumed by another Time Warner property DC Comics and slowly became more of kids publication. MAD is now like like a Doberman pincher with all of it's teeth removed- and kinda sad. Sometimes, things are best left alone... this book being one of them.

Rating: 5 out of 10 stars.
HASH(0x8fd4a6a8) out of 5 stars Crummy! 30 April 2013
By Ray Meissner - Published on
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Thought Mad was funny 35 years ago when it went along with the fads and jokes of the time. This book must have been written back then because its dreadfully outdated!
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