A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire is an autobiographical how-to guide to making YouTube videos by popular British YouTubers danisnotonfire (Dan Howell) and AmazingPhil (Phil Lester). Make no mistake, these lads are serious about their creative process and offer helpful insights for teens wondering if they could be the next YouTube sensation. Downsides to exposing your life online are only vaguely hinted at, though, so if your kid shows interest in trying it for herself, she'll need cautionary advice from other sources. Strong language is infrequent and mostly about body parts, such as "ass" and "boob," although "c--k" and "stupid cow" are used in name-calling. A short story about vampires mentions blood and describes a vampire sucking blood. There's lots of insight into what it takes to make videos, the perks of becoming popular on YouTube, and traveling in Japan. Kids who don't already know all about these two YouTubers will no doubt want to check out their channel. It's a good starting place for talking about what's OK to do and say online, and both authors are great role models for keeping things positive and upbeat.
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What's the story?
Successful YouTube phenomena danisnotonfire (Dan Howell) and AmazingPhil (Phil Lester) offer helpful advice on how to make successful videos. Using themselves as object lessons, they start with short but thorough autobiographies that provide insight into their childhood, teen, and early vlogging years. They then move into talking about their creative processes, a little bit about their setups, and a lot of helpful advice, including what not to do, to make entertaining videos.
Is it any good?
A lively, engaging, and surprisingly thoughtful and thorough look at what it takes to make successful YouTube videos. Dan Howell and Phil Lester's funny, quirky personalities shine through and make it easy to see how they became so popular. Teens will enjoy the colorful, vivid illustrations, mostly photo collages, and drink up the behind-the-scenes insider information on the two popular YouTube celebrities. The authors are refreshingly straightforward, telling tales on themselves in fun and funny ways that make them utterly relatable to teens while conveying their serious attitude toward their craft.
Kids and teens will need guidance about the pitfalls of putting your life online. But even if they don't want to become YouTube stars themselves, they'll enjoy this down-to-earth look at what it's really like.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about YouTube personalities. Why are they so popular? Why are they branching out into movies, TV, and books?
Dan and Phil offer explanations for why they wrote this book and talk about wanting to capture this time in their lives and preserve it for the future. Do you think that's really their strongest motive? Isn't something available forever once it goes online?
Before you read this book, how much work did you think it takes to make a successful YouTube video? Did the book change your ideas about that? What makes a YouTube video successful? Is it the number of views or something else?
- Authors: Dan Howell, Phil Lester
- Genre: Autobiography
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, High School
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Random House
- Publication date: October 13, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 224
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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