I wish I would have been able to come up with this idea because I am quite jealous that Daniel Wilson is being paid to put these ideas to paper. I thoroughly enjoyed Bro-Jitsu on multiple levels.
Having survived my house with two other siblings, I know the unintentional presence of sibling rivalry like many other “oldest.” We brave our parent’s beginning attempts at parenthood and endure the mistakes along the way only to have the spoils of that labor passed on to the younger ones while we receive no credit for the hardship we faced. To top that off, the younger siblings come out swinging and we have an unruly silent battle on our hands. To put this conflict into a wonderfully satirical setting really warms my heart and helps me to be able to joke about it with my siblings.
This book is not a non-fiction treatise on sibling conflict and is merely a text of humor. That should be understood even from the first page. I enjoyed this text as a very entertaining bathroom read and highly recommend it to that stack of literature for others.
The illustrations were a highlight of the text and I laughed at many of them throughout. I love that Wilson gave so much vivid imagery in his words so that the illustrations were very well represented in the text. It helped me to relate my experiences with my siblings to his thoughts presented.
Bro-Jitsu is certainly not a system of combat. I appreciate the analogy to martial arts being a lifelong martial arts student myself. I also appreciate the brevity of the text. This helped make it an excellent bathroom reader. It certainly does not strive to be academic and I appreciate this fun ride through the often misunderstood world of sibling conflict. I recommend this book to the oldest and youngest siblings alike with a minimum reading level being about a 4th grader.
The opinions expressed are those of the author, who received no compensation other than the complimentary copy of the title reviewed.
Chris Weber is a school liaison. He and his wife make their home in Azle, TX.