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The Pocket Book of Boners: An Omnibus of School Boy Howlers and Unconscious Humor

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Published 1943 by Pocket Books (first published 1936)
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Hákon Gunnarsson
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
I found this second hand somewhere and thought the title was strange enough to be interesting. When I read it I discovered that it's not great piece of humor, more smiles than laugh out loud, but still entertaining. It is collection of absurd, odd, funny, or strange sentences from student papers and examinations. Sentences like:

"Ibid was a famous Latin poet."

"Trigonometry is when a lady marries three men at the same time."

"Romantic is a Roman being loyal to Rome."

This book is basically a 120 pag
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Dominick
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was a lot of fun. It purports to be real things written by students on tests, and a lot of them are pretty funny. At least a few are pretty clearly from smart-asses rather than just being bone-head mistakes, and some seem just too good to be true, but it doesn't really matter much I guess. I bought this mainly for the Dr. Seuss illustrations, of which there are not enough. Good for a fee laughs, though.
Alessandra
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, 1930s
A very early Dr. Seuss book of a classic type, a collection of ridiculous things students wrote in exam papers. The statements are funny and Dr. Seuss' illustrations make them even better. "Solomon had 300 wives and 700 porcupines."

His art style isn't fully developed yet. It's interesting to compare it to his later work.

I have an earlier, hardcover edition than this pocket paperback.
Amy
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have an original version of this that I found in my parents' barn. It is hilarious and a tribute to the humor that must accompany any good author's work. Go Dr. Seuss!
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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