Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mr. Selfie

In kindergarten I loved the Mr. Men characters posted around my classroom teaching me the alphabet, how to share, and how treat others with kindness.

Well, the jolly, helpful Mr. Men characters of my childhood grew up to be self absorbed, social media crazed dicks just like the rest of us. Dan Zevin has captured my childhood and twisted it into this amusing, yet sadly true, parody for our self absorbed society in his new book Mr. Selfie.

4 Stars

Mr. Selfie just can't stop admiring himself long enough to notice what's happening around him, or to him. He has to share his next brilliant adventure online for all to see, even if it means losing a date or possibly a limb...

He is so self absorbed in fact that Blogging for Books had to send him in a box big enough to hold himself, his-ahem-extra long, extra limb, his ego and his entire portfolio of awesome selfies.

No, the box isn't that big, Mr. Selfie is just that small... The book is a bit bigger than my hand and paperback, much smaller than I expected but honestly it's adorable and the perfect size for storing in a desk drawer to pull out for a quick chuckle at the ridiculousness of our fellow humans.

This would make a great gift, I chuckled and ultimately learned a valuable lesson; I am much better at taking selfies than Mr. Selfie.

Photo of Dan Zevin


DAN ZEVIN is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist. Two of his books, Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad and The Day I Turned Uncool, were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed as a sitcom by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Dan has been profiled in USA Today and has been on CBS This MorningFox and Friends, The Today Show,and NPR. He has also been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, a comic commentator for NPR, and a contributor to the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Details, Salon, the L.A. Times, Real Simple, and Parents, among others.

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