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September 30, 2008

The World’s Dumbest Criminals

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The World’s Dumbest Criminals

Author: Daniel Butler and Alan Ray

Page Length: 183

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Non-Fiction           

PLOT SUMMARY: This book is 76 crime stories compiled by Daniel Butler and Alan Ray that have occurred around the world.  They are based on true stories from law enforcement officers, but the real names of the criminals and victims are not used.  

REVIEW: Although the cover of this book indicates the crime reports might be humorous, I did not find anything about them funny.  Not only were they not funny, they were not interesting or all that bizarre. The stories I found a little bit humorous or rare were The Stooges Go North, Eh? (p. 21), The World’s Fastest Cop (p. 51), The Great Train Robbery (p. 52), Grind This, Pal (p. 61), That’s a Spiceeeeey “Meatball”! (p. 79), and Right is Right (p. 52).

While reading this book, I found myself annoyed that I was wasting my time and trying to decide who would enjoy this type of writing.  I feel like the authors worked hard in their descriptions of the localities where the crimes took place but wasted their time in the attempt to create interest at the cost of others stupidity.

I would not recommend this book for anyone, but some “redneck” males may enjoy it.

AREAS OF TEACHING: Main Idea, Supporting Details

RELATED BOOKS: America’s Dumbest Criminals, Wanted! Dumb or Alive

TELEVISION CONNECTIONS: Syndicated Show-America’s Dumbest Criminals


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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