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Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite
Gagged and Bound by Nick Jones is a joke book full of one-liners that are mostly easy to understand and funny in a simple way. This book is probably best read aloud in a group, such as at dinner in a family. The jokes are mostly based on puns and word play, and that means they are simple and easy to grasp. Some of them are deadpan humour and some are slapstick, so which jokes readers will find funny depends on personal preferences.
I take the “dad jokes” aspect of the book to refer to jokes that dads sometimes make which are not always funny and thus, due to the failed joke, become funny for this reason. I think that several of the jokes fall into this category and some readers may find it funnier, especially if they have dads who joke in this way. Some of the jokes are interactive and can be told in question and answer style. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a joke book that’s varied and full of easy one-liners.
The jokes are very much like those written in Christmas crackers – sometimes clever and sometimes cheesy! The majority can be told to kids except for a few which are meant for adults only. This book definitely contains typical British humour, and is even funnier if told in a strong British accent. To more easily get the jokes, you would need to be familiar with common English expressions. Otherwise, it mostly contains simple English and may also be useful for people who want to learn conversational English which is humorous.