HOW TO PUNCH KIDS IN BATHROOMS is a quirky little book of anecdotal essays with a touch of humor. This book is extremely small, consisting of only 32 pages which the author notes was the minimum page count to be printed. This book is more like a sampler of sorts for this author’s work, the last chapter being an unabashed advertisement for his other two books.
“When I finally find myself believing I know the truth about something, I can’t help but evangelize it.”
Marszalkowski has a dry sense of humor that I enjoyed, and his essays discussed a few real world issues through stories of his youth, from grappling with puberty to the apparently real event of getting beaten up in a public bathroom by a mentally ill homeless man. I appreciated his frank discussions on self help books and what the true meaning of “minimum” expectations means in the adult world. I had only wished that this book was longer, as many of the topics discussed are ones that deserve to be discussed on a deeper level. Still, it was an enjoyable little book that I read while on a car ride, and it piques my interest in the author’s other works.