Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Mentions: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil

THE AMAZING BOOK IS NOT ON FIRE by Dan Howell

Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher & ARC: Random House Children's
ISBN: 9781101939840
Ages: 12+



Hello reader,

In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet!

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil's teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan's a fail.

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on what to do in an awkward situation and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas...




  • YouTube: You may recognize Dan and Phil from YouTube and be surprised to see them with their own book. Hoping to bring their fans over from YouTube to the world of books, Dan and Phil present a 225 page book of journal entries, anecdotes, selfies and photography, and colorful fonts. The only issue here is that Dan and Phil's fan base (while large) may be the only ones who want to buy the book. I had not heard of Dan and Phil, either as writers or YouTube stars, but I am not their demographic. For tweens and teens, I can imagine this book will be very popular as both boys and girls can connect with real-life people in personal ways.
  • Creativity: ​Regardless of the book's fame, any reader who loves creativity will be drawn to this book. As a teacher, I could see my high school students using as a model for their own portfolios. What is easiest to like about the book is that no two pages are the same. With full page photography, fan fiction, quizzes, etc., a reader's eyes will have plenty of places to look and find interest.
  • Connection: ​​Not knowing much about Dan and Phil, I can tell that they really care about their fans, and their wacky personalities are ones that many teen readers can connect to. With collage-style pages and family photos, they are reaching out to young people who may have self-esteem issues or just feel like an outsider. They're telling readers that it's okay to be quirky, to embrace it, to find a best friend who thinks like them.