I’m pleased to host a stop for Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader for Kids Only! today. This book is full of interesting facts, fables, quizzes, the origins of common gadgets that we use everyday, and so much more. One thing that I really loved about this book is the short factoid on the bottom of each page, called a “Running Feet” fact. I’ve had this on our coffee table for a while now, and my son asks me to read something new with him quite often. We both learn something new every time. That alone makes this an awesome read in my book. I got to ask the editor of the Uncle John’s series, Gordon Javna, a few questions, so let’s get to it…
Interview with Editor Gordon Javna
Heather: While your bathroom readers have been around since 1988 and are mostly for a general audience, what prompted the publication of editions for children starting in 2002?
Gordon: We received so many letters from fans asking—begging us, actually—to create a volume for kids only. The funny thing is that after that first Bathroom Reader For Kids Only was published, we started receiving letters from grownups (especially teachers) telling us how much they loved the book. THEY BLATANTLY IGNORED THE TITLE! IT WAS FOR KIDS ONLY! (Subsequent editions of our For Kids Only series include a warning that reading the books will make grownups’ fingers turn pruny, but they ignore that one, too!)
But ultimately, what attracted us to the idea of making bathroom readers for kids is that it gave us the opportunity to create a series of books that we would have loved as kids.
Heather: After seeing my seven-year-old nephew often take his tablet into the bathroom so he can continue to watch YouTube videos while he does his business, what does Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! offer that will hold the attention of this electronics focused generation?
Gordon: Well, the replacement cost is a lot less if you drop it in the toilet. And like YouTube, where one video leads to another and another, the same goes for the amazing information you’ll find in a Bathroom Reader. Once you start reading, you can’t stop. Only differences: the stuff in a Bathroom Reader is far more interesting, far quieter, and true.
Heather: How long does it usually take for an average edition of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader to be put together?
Gordon: Twice as long as you thought it would, three times as long as we wish it would, and half as long as the distance from Toad Suck, Arkansas, to Flushing, New York. (But seriously, folks, it takes about a year.)
Heather: What’s one of your favorite “Running Feet” facts from this edition of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! ?
Gordon: If an octopus is hungry enough, it will eat its own arms.
Heather: My favorite fact is: Deer like to play tag. They tag each other using their hooves.
Thank you so much, Gordon, for taking the time to answer my questions. Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! is a great book that both adults and kids will enjoy, and I highly recommend checking it out!
About UNCLE JOHN’S BATHROOM READER FOR KIDS ONLY!
Here is an exciting chance to own the very first Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! in a hardcover edition with all new illustrations!
When our younger readers demanded a Bathroom Reader of their own, Uncle John put together this brain-boggling easy-to-read collection of facts, fads, quotes, history, science, origins, pop culture, mythology, humor, and more! Plus it’s full of wacky and fun illustrations and Uncle John’s famous “running feet” — those fun and fascinating facts on the bottom of every page.
Curious young readers will learn about the real Dr. Seuss, baseball superstitions, the birth of The Simpsons, how carnival games are rigged, the history of dining on scorpions and tarantulas, shocking truths about thunder and lightning, and disgusting bodily functions like ear wax production and digestion (and why they’re important), and much, much more..
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About Gordon Javna
The life of Gordon “Uncle John” Javna, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series, reads like one of his books. There’s a lot of fun, intriguing—often odd—information lurking around every corner. He went to art school, and then went on to become a musician, real-estate developer, writer, restaurateur, president of a pre-school, brew pub owner, and editor—not all at once, mind you, but he has been all of these things.
Eventually, though, he realized that because of his love of fascinating facts (and being a bathroom reader himself), he was naturally suited, perhaps even destined, to bring the joy of trivia to the world in a fun, informative way. He assumed the pseudonym Uncle John for the Bathroom Reader series and since then, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader has become the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the publishing industry. To date, there are more than 15 million Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers in print and his fanatical flock of followers span from Australia to the United Kingdom and beyond.
Guided by their obsession with unusual trivia, amazing origins, and forgotten history, Gordon “Uncle John” Javna and his staff at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute have made Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers a must-have for book and gift stores worldwide for over two decades. Gordon continues to expand his porcelain province from his throne room in Ashland, Oregon.
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