The Book of Thunks: Book Review

*Disclosure:  I only review books that I have selected for my own enjoyment, and the views expressed are, therefore, even if a little batty, completely genuine. You need to be aware, though, that this review has an affiliate link, meaning that if you click through to Amazon, via the book’s image, and choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission  at no extra cost to yourself.


Fed up of your students coming into lessons, plonking themselves down and staring vacantly into space? Engage them from the off. Get the learning off to a wacky start with a thunk!

The kids may well ask something along the lines of: “What has air getting wet got to do with this ICT lesson, Miss?” But that question in itself, does at least show that one member of your class is capable of thought. And when one cog starts to whirr, the rest will follow!

And, whereas the sound of thirty odd kids snoring may not be at all pleasant, you will immediately recognise a moment (or an hour) of great opportunity.

You, Miss, have got exactly what you wanted – a whole hour of freedom. This is a better-than-brilliant situation.

Always fancied giving up the day job, and writing a bestseller? Zone out from the background music and take a thunk! (And no, it doesn’t have to be the riveting one that sent the kids to sleep.) Open a Gilbert and take your pick. I’m going for thunk 155 (p.62):

Does your dog think about you when you’re at work?

I immediately think of the housewife who, already having seen hubby off to his day job, breathes her final sigh of relief as that same door slams behind the last of the sprogs. Schools have their usefulness (if you are a housewife, rather than a teacher!). At this point, the lady in question probably should set to with the housework but, in this case, she has other plans. She changes out of her glad rags, gets into her best gear, dons the lippy, and she’s off.

That leaves the dog. A dog abandoned is a dog with a plan. And here, my friends (Can teachers, who are self-evidently all evil, be called friends by a blogger?), here, is the dog’s story:

dog (allie444)


I see myself as she sees me. Sad. Dejected. Waiting.

It’s true, I play the part well – convincingly, even! And, if she’s convinced by the con, I’m on!

First stop’s the lippy. Then, my hair. Finally, I sort out my eyebrows. 


Blue-grey’s all the rage right now – according to the girls – and, after all, who am I, a mere pet, to argue?

And, there you have it – a Cool bestseller! Okay, so it’s not quite finished yet, so it’s got some way to go before it breaks any sales’ records. But, you have to agree (and keep quiet if you don’t!) that the potential is there. It could be a bestseller. And this might even be, my most popular blog post yet!

It’s a better-than-brilliant dog story – and it’s all thanks to one of Gilbert’s thunks!

So, thunk that!


Copyright owned by Jay Cool, March 2019


P.S. Disclaimer: If you bark loudly enough at the image of the book, it might transport you through to Amazon! And, if you choose to purchase aforesaid book of thunks, I will receive a commission (at no cost to yourself) which I will not donate to an abandoned dog’s charity.

Image of dog by allie444 from (creative commons licensed)



Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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