Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The World's Greatest Collection of Dad Jokes, by Glenn Hascall

Dad jokes.  I have been accused of telling a few.  Now, thanks to The World's Greatest Collection of Dad Jokes: More Than 500 of the Punniest Jokes Dads Love to Tell I have plenty more ammunition.  The title tells it like it is.  This is a bunch of jokes, ranging from one-liners and riddles, to more extensive stories.  Some are classics.  All of these, I expect, have been passed down through a few generations of Dads, now lovingly preserved and organized into a dozen categories by Glenn Hascall. 

This collection is published by Barbour Publishing, a Christian publishing house, so you can be sure that the jokes are clean and, for the most part, inoffensive.  Just to be sure you know this is a Christian book, each chapter starts with a scripture.  I love the Bible, but the scriptures didn't add much to the book.

Hascall included some old favorites, like "repaint, and thin no more," "shave it," "the reception was great," and "no one can play it, and we really need more light."  If you don't recognize those punch lines, well, you'll have to read the book!

True to the publisher's roots, there are good number of church-related jokes, like church bulletin gaffes and funnies.  ("The class on prophecy has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.")  I particularly enjoyed the "funny things kids say" jokes, too.  (The little boy at the tiger exhibit at the zoo: "Daddy, if the tigers escaped and ate you . . . how would I get home?")

I've tried some of these out on my teenage boys.  Reaction?  "Stop, Dad, just stop."  Mission accomplished!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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