Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery

Book review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Positivity, charm, laughs from popular YouTubers.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate. A list of sources in the back shows many websites and may encourage readers to look some of them up.

Positive Messages

Indulge your curiosity by experimenting and trying new things. Learn, try, be creative, be original, and don't take yourself too seriously; do all these things in the spirit of friendship and making the world a better place.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rhett and Link model a strong, lifelong friendship and provide many examples of how rewarding it is, and even how they've learned to work at it and resolve conflicts. They also model a strong spirit of curiosity, experimentation, creativity, having fun, and taking chances in the spirit of making your life and the lives of those around you better (more "mythical").

Violence

A photo shows a bloody nose. A slap fight is described and shown with pictures. A picture shows slapping each other with sea creatures. Comic strip-type illustrations of a kid with a rifle and later, displaying dismembered parts of a bird taped to cardboard with blood. A multiple-choice answer in a satirical questionnaire mentions kicking dogs, with a disclaimer making it clear that's not acceptable.

Sex

A picture of a nude man front and back with a black bar covering his private parts so nothing is visible. An illustration shows a made-up game involving throwing Nerf balls at testicles and breasts; no actual body parts are shown. One chapter chronicles their romances with their wives.

Language

Lots of body part and bodily function humor. "Penis," "fart blossom," "crotch rocket," "buttholes," "buttloads," and "pube." A picture of a kangaroo scrotum made into an ornament or souvenir.

Consumerism

Part of a YouTube franchise. Frequent mention of their daily talk show "Good Mythical Morning." Brief mention of their comedy show "Buddy System." Lots of stores and consumer products mentioned, usually to show location, character, or time period, or for comedic reasons.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In high school they tried to make wine; mention that they didn't drink alcohol then, they just wanted to see if they could make it. Satirical mention of wine and martinis with dinner. Whiskey mentioned. Several mentions of North Carolina's tobacco industry, including a summer working on a tobacco farm. An old Marlboro promotional cassette tape mentioned. One tried chewing tobacco, vomited, and never tried it again. Big League Chew mentioned.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery is by a popular YouTube comedy duo whose subscribers number in the tens of millions. It offers upbeat, positive advice on how curiosity, creativity, and not taking yourself too seriously can enrich your life and make the world a better place. Stunts, experiments, and "tomfoolery" are always offered with disclaimers, but they do promote adventure and experimentation. It's a good opportunity to talk to kids about limitations and safety. Both men are positive role models for lifelong friendship, including working through conflict, and for open-minded exploration. Lots of positive messages about learning through success and failures, expanding your horizons, expressing yourself, originality, and more. Some body part and bodily function humor, but no strong language or overt sexuality. Several mentions of the North Carolina tobacco industry, and a story of making their own wine in high school and how terrible it tasted.

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What's the story?

In RHETT & LINK'S BOOK OF MYTHICALITY, the wildly popular YouTube stars share memories of a lifelong friendship in hopes of inspiring others to be curious and original and to take a chance every now and then. Chapter topics range from hairstyles to traveling with no destination in mind to giving your heart to a pet, and lots more. Past experiences from childhood all the way into marriage and parenthood have inspired and affected their comedy show on YouTube. They encourage readers to bring "mythicality" into their own lives in the spirit of friendship and goodwill.

Is it any good?

Brimming with charm and positivity, these YouTubers are refreshingly upbeat and laugh-out-loud funny as they reminisce and explain how to bring more "mythicality" into the world. Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality combines wry humor with an infectious sense of good, clean fun that's easily enjoyed by fans and newcomers alike. There's little content to be concerned about for most ages, but the mature perspectives make it best for teens and up. Lively, upbeat illustrations and pictures enhance the humor and make the duo easy to relate to.

The book places heavy emphasis on satisfying your curiosity with creative experimentation, and some of the stories and examples are not appropriate for readers to duplicate. There are always "don't try this at home" type reminders and messages where necessary, but it's a good opportunity to talk to younger readers about limitations and safe ways to explore. Positive messages about friendship and a pervasive spirit of goodwill make it almost impossible not to enjoy spending some time with Rhett and Link.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality was written. Why are so many YouTubers getting into traditional publishing?

  • Do you have a best friend? How do Rhett and Link show what their friendship is like? What could you do to become better friends with someone?

  • How can you bring more curiosity, creativity, and tomfoolery (good, clean fun) into your life?

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