Sep 14, 2009

FU, Penguin by Matthew Gasteier

FU, Penguin by Matthew Gasteier is not a book for those without a quirky sense of humor. FU, Penguin is a spinoff of the blog, which has about 900,000 unique visitors per day, and the brainchild of Watertown, Mass., resident Matthew Gasteier who views the attempts of animals to look cute as antithetical to their nature.

Chock full of photos of cute fuzzy animals in adorable poses accompanied by sarcasm, ridicule, and disdain, Gasteier has created what some would call a pop culture phenomenon. Some readers will chuckle at the accompanying essays, while others may shake their heads.

In some cases, readers could find that the photos stand on their own as ridiculous without the essays. Gasteier's harsh language choices for the captions could put some readers off, but the captions are some of the funniest bits in this book. If calling moose the "biggest dorks ever" or stating "Is it me, or are baby animals really being dicks lately" are your thing, FU Penguin is for you. Gasteier has started the conversation, but the question is how will you finish it?

In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I'm offering one lucky reader anywhere in the world my gently used copy of this book, which I received from Random House. This giveaway is international.

1. Leave a comment on this post about why you want to read this or tell me if you've ever been to Gasteier's Website prior to this review.
If you purchase any of the books, using my Amazon affiliate links this week (Sept. 15-19), that's 5 extra entries (just send me an order #/invoice).
3. Tweet, blog, Facebook, etc. this post and get an extra entry, just come back and leave a comment.

Deadline for entries is Sept. 19, 2009, at 11:59 PM.

As an aside, all BBAW 2009 posts are easily accessible on my navigation bar. So never fear, all the BBAW 2009 contests will be at your fingertips!


Anonymous said...

I haven't been to Gasteier's website before today. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I haven't been to his site before but I've heard about this book and I really want to read it. I love crazy humor books and this one sounds really fun.


lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Anonymous said...

Hi I haven't been to his website. The book does sound humorous and I would absolutely love to read it. Thanks. polo-puppy-fluffy(at)hotmail*dot*com

Sandy Nawrot said...

OMG, I went on this website for the first time after Michele @ Reader's Respite reviewed it a couple of weeks ago. I just about peed my pants! AND, it was noted on the "must list" in EW last week! I need this book! rnawrot at cfl dot rr dot com

Pam said...

I have been to this website once before after reading a review of this book. It sounds hilarious to me and I promise not to be put off by the foul language!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Meghan said...

I'd never been to his website before, but it's so amusing! My fiance just loves this kind of humor, so I'm entering on his behalf if that's okay. =)

Jenners said...

Sweet! I've been seeing this book around and I, for one, am happy to have those pathetically cute animals brought down a peg. I want it for the same reason I loved my friend who took Family Circle cartoons and added his own foul-mouthed horrible captions ... that stuff is just funny! Please enter me!!!!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, babe. I had enough fun writing up the post that's up at Win a Book.

Thanks for the e-mail! Keep it coming!

Deborah said...

I want to read this book because the concept completely amuses me: "Chock full of photos of cute fuzzy animals in adorable poses accompanied by sarcasm, ridicule, and disdain, Gasteier has created what some would call a pop culture phenomenon." That sounds like exactly my sort of mix!

My e-mail address is dbrannon[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks for having this giveaway!


wheresmyrain said...

havent been there(yet)
would love to read this because I love unique books like this, a pleasure and a plus that its got cute and snarky meshed together


Bingo said...

I haven't been to the site but will now...would love to win this adorable looking book
What a great giveaway...thanks!

kdhaney (AT) gmail ((DOT)) com

Penny said...

I stumbled across the website last week, and laughed like crazy. I loved it! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!


Sheere said...

I have heard a lot of this book, so I'm very curious about it! Seems funny!

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jezebelsk said...

I have been to his site, and I follow his blog. The posts are little spots of sarcastic sunshine in my day!

susan dot kelley at sbcglobal dot net

Anna said...

No need to enter me, as I pretty much read the entire book with you that day at lunch. LOL I've added the giveaway to my sidebar, though.

Diary of an Eccentric

Holly said...

I love when blogs have been turned into books. I like the feel of a book, and my eyes get tired at the computer for a log period of time. I would love this!


Misusedinnocence said...

I would love to be able to show my son the pictures and read the sarcastic essays to myself. :)

Dawn said...

I first read Gasteier's blog yesterday but I NEED this book because I am a stay-at-home-mom who's responsible for two cute cats and a dog and their cuteness is SUCKING THE LIFE FROM ME! The only antidote I've found in Gasteier's writing. So please for the love of all that's holy, send me the book.

scottsgal said...

I have visited his website before - my family thrives on sarcasm so this is totally our type of humor

msboatgal at

Strangelove said...

I was just reading about this book a couple of weeks ago, so I went to check the blog and I was laughing my lungs out!
It's brilliant!

So, please, count me in.

carlos_durao AT hotmail DOT com

Rebecca said...

This is my type of book! I've never been to his website before today but what a funny sarcastic guy! I love it!

imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

Rebecca said...

I tweeted!

imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

thanks for the great giveaway!

Mama Hill said...

Oh my gosh! My friend is COO KOO and I mean COO KOO for penguins! She would flip for this, I would be giving it to her!

ralphandtara at gmail dot com