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Notes: The reviewer is David Leonhardt, author of Climb
your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness.
Knows the F Word
By Ted Schredd
There's a fine line between happiness and fun, a line Ted Schredd
leaps over, back and forth, with almost too much glee. Gramma
Knows the F Word is about fun. (What did you think the "F"
stands for?) Well, okay, some of the language Schredd uses is a
bit coarse, so keep the book away from those with tender ears, but
generally, it is about feeling positive and enjoying life.
In case you are one of those people who reads only
the beginning of a book, gets distracted, puts it down, forgets
about it and never picks it up to read about it again, let me tell
you that this book is about happiness – a topic I am very
familiar with from my own book. In fact, many of the themes Schredd
addresses in the first few chapters are themes from my book (I would
like to think he had read my book and was so inspired by it that
he went out and wrote his own, but that may just be the optimism
of a happy person.)
If you are the type of person who actually reads
past the first third of the book, you will find that the book is
not really about happiness, but about fun, the F word. Ted has chapters
on laughing, silliness, sex, chilling out, fun at home and other
The cover sets the tone, featuring a granny in cheerleader
regalia. Ted's no-nonsense writing style definitely carries that
mood through the book, which is further enhanced by his own illustrations
– oops, I mean his own silly illustrations. Peppered throughout
the book are famous and not-so-famous quotations, which tend to
be much more serious than anything else in the book.
Whenever I review a book, I look for some lasting
legacy the author might leave behind. Ted Schredd's legacy would
be "mind poo", a term his grandmother coined. Mind poo
is a generic term for all the negative thinking that keeps us from
There are many books that could be considered "fun,",
books about games, comic books and humor books, but few about fun
as a topic. In fact, this is the first book specifically on fun
that I have ever read, and it is unquestionably the best.
Pick up Gramma Knows the F Word
and have some fun.