Title: The Pointless Book 2
Author: Alfie Deyes
Published by: Blink Publishing (UK) // Running Press (US)
Publication date: 26th March 2015 (UK) // 7th April 2015 (US)
Source: Review copies from both publishers.
As you'll know if you've read my list of 10 Books Every Creative Person Needs, or if you've read my review of the first Pointless Book, I love books in which you can unleash your creativity. When you read a lot of fiction, it's refreshing to be able to splatter paint inside a book and scribble all over the pages without feeling guilty. That's why I liked The Pointless Book, and why I liked the second even more.
To me, this book is a lot better than the first. It's not as repetitive, it's much more fun and the challenges are better aimed at young people, as before they felt a bit too young. I haven't had the chance to mess around with this on a long, tedious road-trip yet but I kind of want to go on one just so I can make it better with this. Does that even make sense? I don't know. I feel like we should move on.
Like with the first book, this one comes with a free app and it is mindblowing. On certain pages throughout the book, you are given the opportunity to design things - for example, a shoe or a planet. Once you have done this, you can place your phone over the drawing and it jumps from page to screen, spinning around in 3D with your design fully intact. I have no idea how that's possible but it's an amazing addition and I'm kind of obsessed with it.
All positivity aside, I am wondering how long these books will go on for. By that I mean, is there going to be a third Pointless Book? A fourth? A fifth? I really like both books that are already available, but I feel like the idea of them could get old very quickly. But I guess we'll see.
Overall, as I said in my last review, you don't have to be a fan of Alfie to enjoy this book. You don't even have to know who he is, although I'm sure all of you do already. Just whip out a pen and some crayons, give your brain a break and you're sorted!
Earlier this month I was given the chance to do a quickfire Q&A with Alfie as part of the blog tour. So, here we go!
What was your favourite part of the publishing process and why?
Ohh, this is a hard one! I'd say either seeing the very first print of my book, or getting the opportunity to travel the world doing book signings. Being able to physically hold a copy of a book you've worked so hard on for so long is unbelievable!
Hopefully I get to experience that myself, one day! Something I ask everyone - what is your most embarrassing moment?
Once when I was swimming (with my mum, haha) I got out of the pool to see that my swimming shorts had gone see-through…
Awkward. What advice do you have for other bloggers and vloggers, like myself?
Make content YOU enjoy making. Have fun doing it. The more fun you have, the more fun people will have reading/watching. Don't look at the views/stats, they will grow over time!
I can definitely attest to that. If you're having fun doing it, you'll naturally attract readers/viewers. If you're not having fun doing it... what's the point? Anyway, thank you to Alfie for taking the time to chat to me! Now, if you live in the US and you're a fan of him and/or the books, then you're in for a treat because I have a signed copy of The Pointless Book 2 to give away. But don't worry, people in the UK and Ireland - there's something for you, too!
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