Dan Howell and Phil Lester are best friends, YouTubers, internet stars, presenters of a weekly radio show on BBC Radio One, and as of now, authors of The Amazing Book is Not on Fire. This book is a collection of all things ‘Dan and Phil’, and a compendium of the remarkable world that the two friends have created together to share with the internet. The book includes trivia and stories that have never been told before; for the first time, fans can read about how Dan managed to literally get set on fire for a video, ‘Phil and the Snorkeling Incident’, and what really happened in Vegas.
TABINOF teaches readers how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, explains why Phil can’t have a hamster and describes some of the many unique experiences Dan and Phil have both had during their careers as internet stars – the day they met One Direction, their adventures in Japan, the birth of their shared gaming YouTube channel, and the time Ariana Grande gave Phil her cat-ear tiara. Readers can also take a quiz to find out which of the dining chairs in Dan and Phil’s apartment they represent emotionally, which is the kind of creative, relevant content you don’t see very often in books these days. Each page is bright and colourful; their stories are told in words, photos, drawings, emojis – there’s even a Dan and Phil manga. Much like the content they publish online, there isn’t a single dull moment to be found.
Of all of the books by YouTubers that have been published this year, this is by far my favourite. The Amazing Book is Not on Fire is a funny and very creative book that never runs out of things to say. It doesn’t feel as though it has been written just to follow the trend of YouTubers writing books about whatever they can think of. It has been written with a great deal of thought, care and enthusiasm, and it’s easy to see how much effort has been put into it.
The Amazing Book is Not on Fire is a hilarious must-read for any Dan and Phil fan, anyone interested in the lives of YouTubers or keen to become a YouTuber themselves, or just anyone looking for a light and funny read for the school holidays.
Reviewed by Tierney Reardon, age 15
The Amazing Book is Not on Fire
by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
Published by Ebury Press