Ever since the invention of e-readers, there has been speculation over whether books will survive in modern times, or will we read everything from screens?
An article from the UK’s The Telegraph, states that 2015 was the first time in four years that the book trade had experienced an increase in book sales. So, with book sales on the rise we believe gift books, including parodies, are leading the charge.
Look at any best-sellers list for books and you’re sure to find a few parodies. Below are our top 10 parody books
Five on Brexit Island
Released on 2nd November 2016, this newcomer is already generating a massive amount of buzz.
Part of a new range of five books, Enid Blyton’s most famous characters are brought into the 21st Century with topical issues of today being given a comical twist through use of Blyton’s style of language.
Five on Brexit Island revolves around a subject close to every Brit’s heart; Kirran island is no exception when Brexiteer Julian is in charge. Parody Famous Five books may soon be available personalized, so watch this space…
The Ladybird Book of The Hangover
Part of the personalized range of Ladybird books for adults, this range of novelty books has surpassed sales of two million and their popularity doesn’t seem to be waning yet. Our personal favorite in the range, The Hangover perfectly teams original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text to shed light on the mysteries of hangovers.
Haynes Explains Marriage
Marriage is one of the first titles in the brand-new Haynes Explains series, exclusively personalized by Signature Gifts. A light-hearted and entertaining take on the classic workshop manual, it takes the reader through all stages of marriage, giving them all the hints and tips needed to keep them running smoothly; containing everything you’d expect to see including exploded views, flow charts, fault diagnosis and the odd wiring diagram.
Haynes Explains Babies
A parody of a workshop manual, this book of tips is written with car terminology throughout. Telling you how to tackle maintenance work on your own and when to call in external contractors – a.k.a. grandparents, baby-sitters, nannies, etc. this funny book will show you how unprepared the average parent is, and maybe there’s some solace in that. Include the name of the baby in question with an exclusive bespoke version published by Signature Books.
The Ladybird Book of Dating
“Finding time for love is hard because modern people have busy lives.” – Luckily the Ladybird book of dating is here to point out the pit-falls of this part of life. Advice is not abundant within these pages, but humor definitely is! Original painted illustrations from the vast Ladybird collection, have been re-purposed and matched with clever new text to create witty visuals of the dating world. This book will soon be available as a personalized version, creating the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day.
The Ladybird Book of The Midlife Crisis
“Mid-lifers like to count how fast time is passing because it helps them to panic.” – The perfect gift for someone approaching a milestone birthday (and who isn’t too sensitive about it). This brutally funny little book will have them crying with laughter (or maybe just crying). Each page portrays a ridiculous scenario to illustrate what a person having a mid-life crisis is capable of. The first page of our personalized version includes a foreword which includes the name of the recipient, along with a message from you.
Haynes Explains Pensioners
Wear and tear is a natural part of life, but with this handy manual, your pensioner will keep ticking for years to come! From ‘prepping the vehicle’ (translation ‘retirement party’) to retirement home truths and fault diagnosis, the pitfalls and quirks of becoming a pensioner are all found here. The ideal gift for a retirement or milestone birthday, this present is tailored for them, including their name at the top of every page, and a message on the title pages. Growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional.
Ladybird ‘How it Works’ – The Husband and The Wife
Okay, so these are two separate books, but how could we split them up? Married life can be tough; men and women are complicated creatures who somehow manage to live together. Attempting to explain how they work is a very difficult feat, but Ladybird have put together a few tips to help you along. Ideal for a newlywed couple, or those celebrating an anniversary this gift is unique as the cover includes the name of the recipient on the cover.
Haynes Explains Teenagers
For someone just entering their teenage years, or for a parent of a terrible teen, this Haynes manual is printed to order and includes a chosen name throughout. “Teenagers are in general both temperamental and unhygienic, so it is imperative that you take appropriate precautions before approaching them.” Pearls of wisdom can be found within these pages, as well as a lot of funny quips. This personalized version is printed exclusively by Signature Books and can be found at all good gift retailers.
The Ladybird book of Mindfulness
Remember when coloring books for grown-ups became a thing? Everybody started talking about the art of mindfulness but there was rarely any explanation of what mindfulness actually is. This pocket-sized book will leave you none the wiser, but at least you’ll be laughing throughout! The unmistakable stylings of original Ladybird illustrations have been teamed with brand new text to create a sarcastic view of the modern world. This nostalgia is definitely what makes these books so appealing, and a personalized version makes an unusual gift.
Also coming soon to our site, The Ladybird books of Mum and Dad. Ideal gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Be sure to watch this space as the book market continues to rise.
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