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The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition by David Borgenicht, Nathaniel Marunas, and Robin Epstein

Published by Chronicle Books

Pages: 128

Ages: 8 and up.

Publishers Summary: Leave it to the authors of the best-selling Worst-Case Scenario series to serve up a hilarious and totally “gross” handbook that will guide kids through all things slippery, slimy, and stinky. Find out how to survive boogers, bloody noses, barfing emergencies, and more. The tips in this book will have kids laughing out loud, while gearing them up to tackle all that’s utterly disgusting in life, Worst-Case Scenario-style!

“This was, hands down, the most disgusting book I’ve ever read, by a long way. Imagine the mind of a 9 year old boy…now imagine he’s highly intelligent and what he doesn’t know, he can easily find using the internet and other means…now, imagine there are dozens of these boys packed into a small room writing one book. The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: ‘GROSS’ Junior Edition is exactly what they’d write about, I’m positive. From beginning to end there are facts, hilarious situations and solutions you’d never expect. But above all else, it’s gross…and I absolutely loved it!

“When I initially picked up my copy of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: ‘GROSS’ Junior Edition I definitely expected it to be something that would not only be perfect for 8-12 year old boys, but I also thought it would be great for my husband. It was. I know, you’re wondering what do my husband and a ten year old boy have in common? Well, my husband is a sucker for anything with random facts in it. As a young child he would read the Guinness Book of World Records books from cover to cover and numerous times just because he wanted to cram as many small bits of knowledge in his brain as possible. The Worst-Case Scenario books are exactly that, with tons of little facts included and being that they are easy reading, the The Junior Editions are wonderful for younger and older readers alike.

“Now, I should warn you though (as does the book in it’s introduction), this book is not for the squeamish stomach. To be completely honest, there were at least half a dozen pages that I nearly lost it, but that makes it perfect for young readers, especially boys. They’ll enjoy every minute of it and most likely, learn a thing or two along the way.

“One of the more disgusting things in the book was that it mentioned a wall from the city we currently live in that’s actually extremely famous, take a look:

“The San Luis Obispo gum wall, it’s totally disgusting! I can’t even walk down it because I’m a bit OCD, but it’s a huge tourist attraction. In the book they talk a bit about all the germs in old gum, like the kind you find under your desk or on a wall somewhere. I’m never going near the thing again! Yuck!

“By far though, the most disgusting section was Chapter Three, titled School, you can just imagine how that went! From toilets to ringworm to lice…yes, I nearly ‘lost my cookies’ reading this chapter, it was absolutely hilarious, but it brought up quite a few things about being in middle school that I detested. Here’s a section from Chapter Four’s: The Wild Kingdom that illustrates a bit of what I’m talking about:

“So, without a doubt, this book won’t be for everyone, but I’d definitely say you are missing out if you don’t read even just a few pages of this fantastic book! It’s hilarious, gross, informative and an incredibly easy read. I’d absolutely recommend this, and any of the Junior Edition books to anyone who loves random facts along with an entertaining read. The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: ‘GROSS’ Junior Edition is a great addition to any young readers library and boys especially will be reading and re-reading without hesitation.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8 and up. Young and old will enjoy this educational and hilarious book, boys especially. Be warned though, it’s not for the squeamish, with “Gross” as the theme you are sure to have your stomach churning by the end of the book!


Thanks to the publisher,Β Chronicle Books, I have one copy of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: ‘GROSS’ Junior Edition to giveaway to my readers!

Details: One winner will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US/Canadian Residents only. The giveaway will run from September 28, 2010 until October 15, 2010 midnight EST.

Don’t forget to stop by the other tour stops for for additional chances to win your own copy of this great book:
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This book was provided for review and giveaway by the publisher, Chronicle Books. Thank you! Make sure to take a look at theΒ Chronicle Books Site, Blog, on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for up to the date info!
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16 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – Gross Junior Edition

  1. Gina says:

    Fun is not gross at times (meant in the nicest way possible) post! I can definitely see where the boys would get in on this action….not that girls can’t handle the gross stuff too but uh, yeah….we know better. ^_^ I can definitely see some of these things being investigated more in your future…I’d keep the hand sanitizer at the ready.

  2. carol says:

    My daughter loves gross, so I’ll have to enter. And I didn’t questions at all what your husband has in common with a 10 year-old boy. It just made total sense to me, but maybe that’s because my husband sometimes reminds me of a 10 year-old.

    • LOL! Don’t all husbands at some point? Just shows that they’re still kids at heart. πŸ™‚

      So glad to hear of girls loving gross! Hopefully you’ll win somewhere along the tour stops! Good luck!

  3. That gum wall is gross!

    I bet my husband would find it fascinating πŸ˜‰

  4. Cathe Olson says:

    I so need to get this for my elementary school library!

  5. wow! that was a thorough and awesome review! Thank you!

  6. I have a son who would love this book!

  7. This is great – excellent banned book choice!

  8. NotNessie says:

    Oh gosh. That gum wall makes me want to hurl.

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