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Ant Farm + Free Range Chickens (Simon Rich) -Review

Ant farm : and other desperate situations Ant Farm by Simon Rich
Age: Adult
Genre: Humor
Source: Library
Publisher: Random House, 2007
ISBN: 9781400065882 / 139 pages
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Hilarity. That’s all I can really say about this book. It is literally a laugh-out-loud book of humorous quips and observations on the simple and basic elements of daily life. From the observations of the adult dinner table by kids, to the point of view of ant stuck in glass enclosures, Simon Rich infuses this book with an intelligent sense of humor that jabs at life.

Even the chapter titles are hilarious summaries of the content. Each chapter is about 1-4 pages. Some chapters discuss whether or not love coupons are still valid after a break-up, how idly chit-chat can go terribly wrong, and how to earn Karma points. This is a book club pick, but I can think of a number of reluctant readers that I know who would devour this book. The jokes are actually quite similar to the jokes of stand-up comedian Dimitri Martin. Please make sure to YouTube Dimitri Martin when you get a chance. Everyone should be aware of him.

Free-range chickensFree-Range Chickens by Simon Rich
Age: Adult
Genre: Humor
Source: Library
Publisher: Random House, 2008
ISBN: 9781400065899 / 129 pages
 
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Free-Range Chickens is a hilarious follow-up book to Ant Farm. Although I didn’t find Free-Range Chickens to be as funny as Ant Farm, it is filled with quite a few chuckles. Free-Range Chickens follows the same humorous observations of daily life and routines. Simon uses many of the same joke formats introduced in Ant Farm, and he expands on the style of joke in this book.

Reading the author bio, it looks like Simon Rich is now a writer for SNL. I’m glad to see his comedic style and timing go to good use. Both books are really funny and quick reads.They provide something that can be enjoyed by a large group. I wonder if these are available in audio format, because that would make for an awesome road-trip soundtrack.