Monday, March 4, 2013

Review: Pranklopedia The Funniest, Grossest, Craziest, Not-Mean Pranks on the Planet! by Julie Winterbottom


Every day is April Fools’ Day. Pure heaven for the prankster, Pranklopedia is as indispensable a compilation of pranks as Jokelopedia is a collection of jokes.

Written by longtime Nickelodeon Magazine editor in chief Julie Winterbottom, Pranklopedia is a complete prank encyclopedia. It includes over 70 pranks, with step-by-step directions; a full-color, sixteen-page insert of supplementary materials, including “tasty” soup can labels (mmm, Cream of Sparrow Soup!) and a “winning” lottery ticket; recipes for such essential prank-stuff as fake snot, fake vomit, fake ice cream; tips on how to pull the perfect prank; profiles of famous pranks and pranksters; even a prank woven right into the book—spot the fake entries in the Prankster Hall of Fame.

As for the pranks themselves—they’re priceless. Classics like short sheeting the bed and the dancing dollar. There’s the crude—mouse turds in ice—and really crude—make fake, edible dog poop. And there are pranks especially good
to pull on your parents— deliver the “Take Your Teacher Home Day” letter from school and watch them freak out.

One word of caution: Use common sense in deciding how often to use Pranklopedia, or you might find yourself looking for a new place to live.

This book is great for pranksters and those who just have a thing for history.

In Pranklopedia, you'll find a lot of pranks you can try. Each prank has a diagram, what you need for the prank, and a step-by-step guide. There are also stories about some of the most awesome and memorable pranks in history.

I really liked the Pranksters Hall of Fame, wherein I got to read about different pranks done throughout history. A lot of the pranks are stuff you can't really duplicate unless you had access to some of the things that they did, but it's really fun to read about.

As for the pranks, some of them, like placing paper underneath a mouse, are things I already know about. A lot of them, though, are things I haven't thought of trying.

I would have preferred, though, if it had been arranged according to the difficulty rating of the pranks. As it is, I wasn't too sure how the pranks were arranged.

I also wasn't too fond of the black and orange color scheme. It would have preferred if it had just been black and white, or if the book would have been in full color.

Thanks to NetGalley and Workman for the e-ARC. Publication date of  Pranklopedia is on March 12, 2013.


  1. Each prank has a step-by-step guide.
  2. There are stories about actual pranks done by people over the years.
  3. There are plenty of jokes to choose from.


  1. It would probably been better to arrange the pranks by difficulty level.

Breakfast cereal, like petroleum jelly, is just one of those things taht inspires pranks.

  1. You're a prankster.
  2. You like reading about historical trivia.
  3. You are looking for good pranks to try.




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