Happy Friday! We’re all about funny stuff this weekend – humor books! Check out this week’s #FridayReads selections if you’re looking for a laugh.
Keen to turn your disobedient dog into the perfect pooch? Tired of man’s best friend ending up in the doghouse? Why not take an informative and entertaining walk on the wild side, with Dog Logic, a unique view of the world, one that is both canine created and related. Whether your best friend is a blue blood or a bitser, Dog Logic has them licked. Should you let sleeping dogs lie, exactly who is top dog and can you teach old dogs new tricks? Dog Logic helps get you on the right scent and ensures you’re not barking up the wrong tree. And who better to take you on a journey deep into the canine world, but a member of the pack himself; Sox, the quintessential Aussie cattle dog and four legged philosopher. With 20 chapters covering issues from barking, beds and biting, to worrisome walks and everything in between, Sox offers his humorous but practical advice on resolving your doggy dilemmas. Supported with terrific tips from humans in the know, each chapter provides both canine and twolegged advice that is fun, uplifting and relevant. As a RSPCA puppy who overcame a difficult start to life,Sox is proof that a dog from the wrong side of the pound can achieve greatness. As the creative canine consultant to Dog Logic, Sox is no stranger to fame having written a regular full page column in bark! Australia magazine. Combining the creative genius of Sox the Philosophical Pooch, and his human assistant, Robyn Osborne, Dog Logic is the must have book for anyone searching for the ideal canine companion.
Is there anything more galling than a fat cat who got the cream? We all know of someone who has indulged themselves a little too much. How about Chuck Blazer, alleged to have collected untold millions during his 20-year reign at FIFA with a staggering $29 million in credit card charges to help fuel his extravagant lifestyle, which included a pricey Trump Tower apartment for his cats. Or the chief executive of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who pocketed over $250,000 a year in salary while closing a rescue centre due to its high running costs… of approximately $16,000.
These, and many more, are true stories included in the Purrlitzer Prize-winning Fat Cats. Each spread features a photograph or photomontage of an engorged feline, such as squeezed into a fridge tucking into its contents, celebrating with champagne or rolling on piles of dollar bills. Along with amusing text to accompany the image, there is also a paragraph on real-life fat cats caught in the act – the kind of fat cats who give Wall St and excess a bad name.
Featuring a color photo or photomontage of each feline felon, Fat Cats is a fun book of 45 funny images and quirky real-life cases.
The Way I See It
Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike. Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.
The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!
The Bionic Plague & Other Humorous History Howlers
‘There were two theories about the Black Death. One was that it was the bionic plague’!! So says one of Paul Sharpe’s history pupils. Or how about this one: ‘Elgar taught himself to play the violin, cello and baboon’! This rib-tickling collection of history howlers, from the mildly diverting to the hilarious, is sure to pass an hour or two in giggly, heart-warming amusement. A valuable insight into the things that history pupils manage to get so, so wrong.