Book Review

Book Review of "Because I Said So!": The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids

Because I Said So

Because I Said So!

*I received an ARC (advanced review copy) of this book in exchange for my honest review.

We all grew up with a plethora of "wive's tales" that just seem to get passed on from generation to generation. You know the adages like: "Don't run with a sucker in your mouth", "Check your Halloween candy for needles & poison", "Feed a cold, starve a fever". How many of these sayings are based on truth and how many of them are totally (or partially) fiction? Ken Jennings takes a number of these well known sayings and picks them apart - examining each one for every grain of truth AND just plain old baloney. At the end of each segment you know just where the saying came from and what parts are true or not true based on science, observation, experiments, etc. and all the while you'll be highly entertained by Ken's lighthearted and humorous style of writing.

The book is separated into several sections as you can see from the book preview. It covers a great deal of territory, everything from health related adages to sayings that have to do with the seasons, eating, school related things, grooming, warnings...if you've heard it, it's probably in this book. ;-)
I swear I heard almost every single saying growing up and have said more than a few to my own kids, LOL. There were some definite "aha!" moments as I realized that some of the things I thought I knew, I didn't really and vise versa.

My teen son also read this book and LOVED it. He kept coming over to share new things he learned. One word of warning to parents though, there are a few concepts you might not want your younger children reading about like the section entitled, "If you keep touching it, you'll get hairy palms and go blind!" Nothing like having your teen strike up a conversation about THAT. *cough* There are also a couple of other potentially objectionable topics like tampon use and flat chests. Otherwise the rest of the book is a lot of wholesome fun.

Because I Said So would be a great book to read out loud in during a long car ride or when you are feeling crummy and want something light-weight and fun. It's also a great book to take along for when you are waiting for an appointment or something like that as the segments are short and quick to read. It would also make a terrific gift for those people you just have no idea what to get, especially teens.

We were able to try out the Kindle version and the audio book. The Kindle format is easy on the eyes without any formatting problems. The audio book is narrated by the author. He doesn't have the most "beautiful" voice on the planet, but it's a fun, quirky voice and all the humor of the book comes shining through in the way he reads it. In some ways it was more fun to listen to than to read (which is not my usual preference). Either way - the book or the audio version - I highly recommend Because I Said So. It's entertaining, informative and just plain fun.

*I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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