3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
Never Wear a Hat to a Beheading by Kevin Sutton is a short collection of the author’s “advice” compiled into one book. While the subjects of the cartoons vary from vegans to beheadings, the style of humor remains consistent: dry, witty, and a tad bit profane. This book is neither for children nor for the easily offended.
After reading the first couple pieces of advice, I found myself thinking that reading 98 more was going to be a long, slow ride. However, number 5 made me crack a smile, and I was quickly chuckling aloud as I progressed through the book. Open the book to any page, and you’ll find a short piece of advice on the left page with a related cartoon on the right page. Sutton certainly won’t be winning any art awards for his stick figure drawings, but many of the cartoons added to the humor of the advice or, in some cases, completed the punchline.
Although some of the suggestions had me laughing out loud, I also found myself wanting to skim my way through many of them. In a book containing one hundred separate jokes, I wouldn’t expect all of them to be laugh-out-loud funny, but I did hope for more than ten. There are some hidden gems in here, but many of the pieces of advice could have been left out without detracting from my experience in any way. It felt like some of them were included just for the author to reach an even hundred and not because they are truly funny on their own.
Based on the criteria above, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I didn’t find any issues that would lead me to believe the book wasn’t professionally edited, and I liked how the cartoons complemented the jokes. However, as mentioned before, some pages had me smiling or even laughing while others left me confused or annoyed at yet another joke about diarrhea. I would agree with the review printed on the back cover, which compares the cartoons to a popular adult card game.
I would recommend this book to adults who enjoy irreverent, witty humor. It’s certainly not appropriate for children, and it would be best suited to readers who enjoy one-line humor and have thick skin, as the author finds ways to insult most of society, including individuals on both sides of the political aisle. For those who enjoy this kind of sharp humor, it could be a fun book to keep around and read, one piece of advice at a time.
Never Wear A Hat To A Beheading
View: on Bookshelves