The Pointless Book
by Alfie Deyes
Published: 4th September 2014
Brought to you by YouTube Vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Pointless Book, accompanied by the free downloadable app, is the ultimate addition to his YouTube channel a weird & funny video-diary of fun, challenges and nothingness: bake a cake in a mug; take part in a people-watching challenge; create a time capsule; diarise a week of your life and learn to make origami. Fully illustrated and packed with a host of games, activities and pranks, Alfie invites you to join his online following as he challenges you to complete your journal of pointlessness and do virtually nothing with pride.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Emma from Midas PR for kindly sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’d seen this book mentioned a lot online, and I was really interested to see what it had to offer, so I was thrilled to receive a copy to see what it’s all about.
Firstly, I should explain that the author of this book is not your average author! Alfie Deyes is actually a 21 year old Youtube personality, with a following of over 3million subscribers, and 1.5 million followers. He wanted to create a book that expresses his personality and something he’d be proud of.
The Pointless Book is an interactive book that is ‘started by Alfie Deyes and finished by you’. This means that each page of the book has a different challenge or task. For example, there is a mixture of games like spot the difference, and word searches, and then tasks like bury your book overnight. This is a fantastic idea, and one that will engage an audience of any age, because there is something for everyone.
The fantastic thing about this book is that it comes with a downloadable app that is used alongside the book, and has exclusive footage. Alfie has really found a great way to tie in his online video content into his book, and it is a unique aspect for me. I’d never seen anything like that so I was impressed.
One thing I need to mention is that it has been compared quite a lot to Wreck This Journal. I haven’t personally got a copy of that book but my sister-in-law has and she loves her copy. From the pictures Jackie has posted it is a fair and understandable comparison as they both offer an interactive element, in terms of the challenges and tasks. However, I’d say that is where the comparison ends because I think the addition of the app and video content makes this particular book stand out. From what I can see, I think there is room in the world for both as they both offer their own unique qualities.
Overall, I think this book is fantastic and such a fun idea. I think this would be a perfect gift for any age, particularly teenagers and those that are fans of Youtubers. I think it’s fantastic to see the Youtube community grow and expand from behind the cameras and do something new.
Brilliant, I’d absolutely recommend this book and I look forward to completing all the challenges.