As you’ve undoubtedly heard — that is, if you’ve been talking to our mothers — we (Avery & Jory, authors of the bestselling All My Friends Are Dead, and more have a new humor book: K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice. We thought we’d use this opportunity to answer some Frequently Asked Questions. So, without any further ado, we present:
The K is for Knifeball FAQ!
HEY! WHAT EXACTLY IS A KNIFEBALL?
Good question, us! A knifeball is a knife affixed to a ball. Any type of knife or ball will do. Some winning combinations: butter-knife-bowling-ball, Swiss-Army-Super-Ball, broad-sword-marble. Anything goes, really.
HOW ARE THEY ATTACHED?
Generally by a strong sort of tape, although we’ve heard of more than one instance where wood-glue was substituted.
AND WHY DOES “K” STAND FOR “KNIFEBALL”?
It was between “knifeball” and “knifeknife.” Knifeball seemed more fun.
DON’T YOU THINK SOME OF THE ADVICE IN THIS BOOK — LIKE LOCKING YOURSELF IN A TRUNK OR SURPRISING A POLICE OFFICER WITH A TICKLE-FIGHT — MIGHT LEAD TO SOME BAD SITUATIONS?
What isn’t bad for you these days? You know? Try just breathing in the city. OK? Now that’s bad for you. Breathing in the city is a thousand times more dangerous than tickling a cop. [Note to our editors: can somebody fact-check this? We didn't know where, exactly, to look up this kind of statistic. We tried http://www.whatisworsebreathinginthecityorticklingacop.org, but that turned out to not be a thing, so instead we just searched for pictures of puppies wearing Santa hats and then took a nap.]
OKAY, WAIT. SO IS THIS A CHILDREN’S BOOK OR WHAT? HONESTLY? BE HONEST NOW.
Well, you know what they say…
WHAT? WHAT DO THEY SAY?
They say it’s definitely not a children’s book. Like, it looks like a children’s book, but the humor is edgy and there’s some dangerous advice that would almost certainly get a kid in trouble. Although, to be honest, we recently showed the book to some kids and they laughed and seemed to enjoy themselves and didn’t immediately tickle a cop. Use your best judgment.
IT SEEMS LIKE ALL OF YOUR BOOKS LOOK LIKE KIDS’ BOOKS BUT ARE REALLY FOR ADULTS.
Watch your tone.
OK. SO WHAT’S ANOTHER FUNNY JOKE FROM THE BOOK?
Like… give it away for free? How about we just give you one of the letters from the book. Here it is: R.
AND HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING, GENERALLY?
Like, mental-health wise?
GOTCHA. DO YOU HAVE ANY EVENTS COMING UP?
A few! We’ll be at New York University on October 11, The Library Shop at The New York Public Library on October 13 at 12:30, and Greenlight Bookstore on October 18. You can also find us at New York Comic Con on October 13. We’ll be signing at the Kinokuniya Bookstore booth, 1275, at 4pm. Be there! No? OK. Whatever makes you happy.
HOW ABOUT A FEW SPREADS FROM THE BOOK?
Whoops! That last one isn’t from the book. It’s just a picture of a puppy wearing a Santa hat. Pretty cute, though, huh? [Note to our editors: Is it too late to change the title of our book to "Puppies Wearing Santa Hats"? Let us know!]
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY?
You’re on Facebook! Join our group! And take this Knifeball Quiz! And follow us on Twitter @averymonsen and @joryjohn! That’s everything, hopefully. If there’s anything else, we’ll post it to our new blog, http://www.whatisworsebreathinginthecityorticklingacop.org/.
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