How to Stick a Dart in Your Head By Eric J. Hill

9 Jun

dartHow to Stick a Dart in Your Head
By Eric J. Hill
182 pages – ages 11+
Published by Create Space on April 5, 2014

It’s easier than you think to stick a dart in your head. All you need is 1960’s-style soft, acoustical ceiling tiles, a pool table, a hockey stick, an Indoor-Outdoor carpet, and, – oh, yeah – a dart! Then you toss the dart up, watch it get stuck in the ceiling, climb onto a pool table with said hockey stick in hand to get it down, and then the dart falls on your head. If you are wondering who on Earth would do such a thing, well – Eric Hill – that’s who! He also *accidentally* set a field on fire (and, when he tried to confess, he got congratulated for alerting the authorities), saved an infant girl from drowning in a pool, and he got sent to a summer camp at which he and the other Counselors-In-Training had an all-out war with the Head Riding Instructor. This is his memoir of his “disastrous” early years (12-16). This is the story that Eric Hill has to tell.

You know, this book has inspired me. It has inspired me to a) make Viking Toast (read the book to find out  😉 ), b) not put rubber cement in burning grills, and c) don’t make fun of Head Riding Instructors’ misfortunes (no matter how funny they are). After reading this book, I am now a smarter boy. I think this is a great memoir – it is very entertaining – and enlightening. It is a great story, totally appropriate for kids of all ages (just don’t try the stuff in the book 😉 ). I think boys will especially like to read about Mr. Hill’s disastrous adventures. Mr. Hill’s writing style is playful, and fun to read. I love his writing voice. As a kid myself, I could totally relate to the stuff Mr. Hill did when he was a boy. Um – I mean I would never do anything like the stuff he did. 😉

I give “How to Stick a Dart in Your Head” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

34 Responses to “How to Stick a Dart in Your Head By Eric J. Hill”

  1. Caroline June 9, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Sounds funny and scary at the same time


  2. Susanna Leonard Hill June 9, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Thank you so much for reviewing Mr. Hill’s book, Erik! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I am also glad that it has made you smarter (although I’m not sure that’s possible 🙂 )!


  3. Michelle Isenhoff June 9, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    This sounds hilarious! He isn’t the same Eric Hill who wrote the Spot books, is he? My daughter LOVED those when she waas little.


  4. Catherine Johnson June 9, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Sounds hilarious, Erik! I’ve been thinking about that book for a fun summer read :0)


  5. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    I love how-to books, and this sure does sound like a quirky, off-the-beaten-track kind of how-to book. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      This isn’t really a how-to book (sorry if I made that unclear), just a guy’s memoir. 🙂


  6. heylookawriterfellow June 9, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I’ve been intrigued by this one since Susanna plugged it on her blog. Now that you’ve given it five bookworms, I’m sold.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      It is very well done. I just wouldn’t read it to you your son because you he may feel inspired. 😉


  7. thegirlnamedjack June 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Sounds funny, I may have to check it out next time I go to the library. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      It isn’t traditionally published, so you may not find it at your library. 😦 I still think you would love it!


  8. Genevieve Petrillo June 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    This sounds like a perfect book for you, E. As long as you “don’t try this at home.”

    Love and licks,


  9. Lisa Orchard June 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    This sounds like a great read for my boys! I’m going to check it out on Amazon! 🙂


  10. Darlene June 10, 2014 at 1:03 am #

    What a great title. Kids will love this book for sure.


  11. ontheplumtree June 10, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    I agree with Darlene. Kids will love this…not sure about parents though! The idea of sticking a dart in your head is not a good one!!! Scary!


  12. Alice June 10, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Sounds like a great book, the title is very teasing, I like it.


  13. Jilanne Hoffmann June 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Sounds like a winner, Erik. I’ll have to point my son in the direction of this book. Thanks!


  14. writersideup June 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I saw this when Susanna posted it, too, and I just LOVE that title! lol


  15. stanleyandkatrina June 11, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    The cover makes me cringe, but it sure sounds entertaining. Thanks for sharing, Erik!


  16. KidLitReviews June 12, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    I must say, I hate the title. I am not sure I would like this book. Someone will, just not me.


  17. readingwithrhythm June 21, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Mr Hill sounds like a very interesting fellow indeed!


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