“I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie” by Tamara Dever

I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie

Tamara Dever
Narrow Gate Books (2020)
ISBN 9780998702322
Reviewed by Mark T. Sneed for Reader Views (06/2021)

If you like music and trivia, puzzles and games, then “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie,” by Tamara Dever just might be the book you are looking for.

It is nice to find a fun and entertaining book dedicated to music that many may have grown up on or listened to while growing up. I like the idea of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s music being used to drive this playful book. Of course, I personally would have liked more R&B references but enjoyed the rock ‘n roll. I also like the hip hop references, but they are few in comparison to the rock ‘n roll songs remastered in this book.

“I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie,” is filled with great ideas and can be used as conversation starters or during a lull in a party. It would also make a splendid gift for the Boomers and Gen-X’ers in your life.

Tamara Dever wins on this effort. If there is any real criticism, it is that the book could have included more music. Since she focused on the two decades which launched such careers as Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Run DMC, and the like, it would have been great to have more R&B stars included. Would have loved a game on the Jacksons, Jodeci or En Vogue. Just saying.

My favorite part? I liked the trivia. I enjoy learning new things. I loved the remastering of popular songs. There are also crossword puzzles in this entertaining book. They were definitely clever, and I found myself wishing there were more crossword puzzles. There are other types of games in the book as well, fill in the blanks and Mad-Lib style games.

Overall, I recommend “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie,” by Tamara Dever, especially to those who loved the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. It’s a unique look into the world of books, music and a definitive era in history.


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