My Kyrosmagica Review of The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes


Goodreads synopsis:

Brought to you by YouTube Vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Pointless Book, accompanied by the free downloadable app, is the ultimate addition to his YouTube channel a weird & funny video-diary of fun, challenges and nothingness: bake a cake in a mug; take part in a people-watching challenge; create a time capsule; diarise a week of your life and learn to make origami. Fully illustrated and packed with a host of games, activities and pranks, Alfie invites you to join his online following as he challenges you to complete your journal of pointlessness and do virtually nothing with pride.

Definition of Pointless: Having little or no sense, use, or purpose.

Reality: Providing hours of pointless fun.

The  popularity of  the Youtube sensation Alfie Deyes is unquestionable. Here’s a guy who isn’t embarrassed to be seen doing Youtube videos with his mum. How sweet is that? His poor mum looks a bit overwhelmed by Alfie’s va va voom, this guy  has a whopping 1.88M following on twitter, and a phenomenal following on Youtube,  Facebook and Instagram. So why is The Pointless Book such a success? Obviously it must be all down to Alfie’s creating purpose out of  pointlessness. The pointless book doesn’t pretend to be what it isn’t. The cover isn’t flashy. It suggests tearing a page out of the brown paper wrapping of life and making a difference to your day. It  doesn’t promise to be a great work of literary art, or fiction. It doesn’t engage the reader in a deep, thoughtful way. But what it does it does well. It makes you smile, laugh, and participate in meaningless, fun activities, and why not? Life can be all too serious, dull, and stressful, so bring on the pointless charm of The Pointless Book.

I was given my Pointless Book by my lovely friend Val, as a present before I went into hospital for my Gallbladder operation. Obviously she thought that a bit of light hearted fun would appeal to me after they whipped out my irksome Gallbladder. Also she knew that I had joined the blogging clan too, though in a modest way in comparison to our Alfie.  I have to confess I knew very little about the book though I had heard my youngest daughter mentioning it as if it was some great literary tome. I should have cottoned on then!

So should you be inclined to indulge in Alfie Deye’s  pointlessness? If it makes you happy, if you have fun filling in the pages and sharing with friends, then why not? We all have a childish side and sometimes it is good to nurture and rekindle this part of ourselves.

Here’s a pointless list of my favourite sections:

Drawing. Lots of pages to draw hair, make up, hats, shapes, a time machine, a pet, a landmark, a selfie.

Colouring the places you’ve been on a map.

Flick some paint on a page.

Design a Tattoo.


Or take it to the next level and Graffiti this wall.


Word search

Play a Song and Write the lyrics on this page

Write : Whatever’s on your mind, What you did today, Some funny overheard conversations, (I do this all the time), A compliment. A Poem. A love letter. A secret. Five favourite things about yourself and why. The all important Not To Do list.

If you’re feeling energetic you can even try some yoga:


Alfie suggests Five yoga positions to learn – some can even be done propped up next to a willing friend.

If  all else fails why not fall back on Alfie’s good old fashioned pages devoted to: Spot the difference. Dot to dot. Noughts and Crosses. Or you might want to fill in Alfie’s Bucket List of ten things you’d like to do before you get old!

Hey, Alfie, steady on there, I may be a tad older but I’m still young at heart, and hope you will be too by the time you reach my age!

My rating:

Ingenious, I wish I’d thought of it! I’m giving it a Fun Factor rating of 4 stars. Eat your heart out Simon Cowell!


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