Kids Say the Darndest Things!
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Kids Say the Darndest Things!

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  257 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Almost 50 years since its first printing, this famous collection of children's wisdom and witticisms is now back in print in a facsimile edition to entertain a whole new generation. KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS! includes the best of the unconsciously funny, everyday thoughts and reactions kids shared with kid-at-heart Art Linkletter on his long-running radio and television...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Celestial Arts (first published January 1st 1957)
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Sara
My parents had this book when I was a kid and I read it back then. I found it kind of amusing, even as a kid.
Kristin
Cute book! I began reading it on a bus trip to New York City because I knew 2 of my young cousins would be along, and if they got bored I supposed I could read excerpts from it to entertain them. They didn't care about the book, but my uncle noticed it, having read it in its original publication back in his youth.
We both remember the television show, though my memory is of Bill Cosby's revivial and not of Art Linkletter's original. Having spent so much time with the aforementioned cousins over t...more
Erik Graff
Mar 02, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of the fifties in the USA
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
When I was little I read all kinds of things I'd never look at today, except perhaps in a bathroom. One was Reader's Digest, a commonplace in homes. Another was this book derived from radio and television interviews with kids under the age of eleven. What I'd like to be able to recapture about this reading is how it felt to read what kids my own age were saying as wrapped up in print by adults. Sadly, because I would have preferred to be more exceptional than I was, I read it as given, just as I...more
Ken
Luucccuuu banget. Tambah lucu karena ini nyata. Kids say the Darndest Things! adalah acara talkshow di Amrik sono (gak tau sekarang masih nggak), pembawa acaranya si pengaran ini (Art Linkletter). Tiap episode ada 4 anak (di bawah 12 tahun) yang diwawancarai dengan pertanyaan yang biasa aja sebenarnya, tapi jawabannya itu lhooo jujur, polos, lucu, dan imajinatif! Keren deh. Sayang di Indonesia nggak ada acara serupa (mungkin yang paling mirip adalah kuis celoteh anak yang dibawakan Dewi Hughes d...more
Joy Gerbode
While there were certainly a lot of cute stories in this book regarding the cute things children say, I think most all of them would have been much funnier if I could have seen the children (on the old show) rather than just reading it on the page. While many of the responses were humorous, I'm sure they were MUCH funnier when you could see faces and see the children.
Mell
I love this collection of hysterical things said by kids, as collected by the TV host. Inherited this book when it was donated to the church library but considered too ripped up for the shelf. I used to volunteer to tidy up the neglected room. At that time I had no idea who Linkletter was or that the book was based on his popular TV hosting gig.
Mary Lou
A delightful humorous book of children responses to questions.
Quotes:
Spanking, if necessary, has to be "on the spot"

As long as a child is at battle to see what he can get away with he is unhappy and miserable. Real authority, well defined limits gives him security.
Kaethe
...when asked leading questions. Whenever you're bored just find a kid and ask them about any serious weighty topic of the day. For even more fun, invite them to speculate on topical subjects: how does the Easter bunny do that?
Lance
My parents had this on the bookshelf in the living room. When I read it, I was about the same age as the kids being quoted. I thought it was the funniest book in the world back then. A delightful read!
Lynnea
Pretty funny. But this book is so old (1957) that much of it was dated beyond my understanding.
Still it was quick and enjoyable with a bit of Art's autobiography thrown in.
Tammra
My mom had this book on the book shelf when I was younger. I loved to read it and laugh. I found a used copy and bought it just for the memory.
Amy
Kids really do say the craziest things! I read this before I had kids, but I'm going to read it again from a parent's perspective.
Chris
Mar 15, 2009 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
I love this book! It is so funny and reveals the innocence and honesty of children so well.
Vicki Boyd


Non-fiction. Oldie but goodie. Found at yard sale for a dollar.
Peter Berg
funny to see parents embarrassed by their children. art style good. one read only.
Laurette
I remember reading this as a child. Very funny book!
Bunny
May 25, 2012 Bunny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-sale, owned
This copy was printed in 1957, and it looks it. Wowzers.
Richard
Uneven, but parts are incredibly funny.
Sheila
Kids do, so this was pretty funny!
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Sep 14, 2009 Cws added it
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