Book Reviews From the Vault: How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms

I always look forward to reading and reviewing informal essays by John Marszalkowski, and How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms (no child was harmed in the making of that book) is no different.

Full disclosure: I was given a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In his latest book How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms, John Marszalkowski recounts various stories in the informal essay format, while keeping it at 32 pages and having no regrets about it. According to him, 32 is the minimum number of pages for a book for some printers. Personally, I thought that would be a little bit more. Nevertheless, in honor of how short this collection of informal essays is, I will try to be as brief as possible with this review.

How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms is essentially filler for his official second book Uncredible Thoughts: Essays, Spiels, and Poppycock, but I don’t mean it in a bad way. For example, while the book didn’t make me laugh out loud, it made me smile, and that is just as important. Like his previous collection of essays Buy My Book: Not Because You Should, But I’d Like Some Money, Marszalkowski still talks about whatever is on his mind even though he is not credible on every topic. The main difference between the two is that this book feels more cohesive and self-assured. He mainly talks about his childhood (and yes, as a kid, he did get punched in the bathroom) as well as his family, especially how he will do anything for his wife. That latter part made me go, “Awwwwwwww”.

He is also as silly as ever, especially with the random quotes inserted between the chapters (my favorite is the one from Harold Ramis).

In other words, How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms by John Marszalkowski is a good organized chaos of a filler, and I would recommend it to readers who are interested in something completely different as well as to fans looking for someone else while waiting for Uncredible Thoughts: Essays, Spiels, and Poppycock.

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Published by emilyblakowski

I work at two public libraries in southeast Michigan, and I facilitate a book club for one of them. I also hold a Bachelor's degree in History and Theatre from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI; a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI; and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration also from Wayne. In my downtime, I love hanging out with friends, listening to music (like classic rock and K-pop), and watching shows like "Monty Python's Flying Circus"!

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