That’s Not My PC

Due to a cease and desist letter from Usborne’s lawyers, I have removed this book from Amazon and from this site.  Lawyers tell me that though the parody can be defended in court, it’d likely cost on the order of $25,000 to successfully defend it.  It’s unfortunate that they’ve chosen to attack me on this, given that I’ve been a fan of their books for years, but I can’t afford to defend this right now.

I’ve left the original post as-is below, but I’ve removed the actual PDF file from this site.

— original post below —

I’ve just published my first children’s book, That’s Not My PC, now available on Amazon.  It’s a parody of a series of great children’s books published by Usborne that started with That’s Not My Puppy.  The series’ format is simple:  in each page, the narrator highlights one characteristic of the object on the page which identifies it as someone else’s.  (“That’s not my PC… its keyboard is too gritty.”)

That's Not My PC -frontcover That's Not My PC -backcover

That’s Not My PC is a parody of this series meant for the Internet generation.  It even contains 14 bonus pages of games and puzzles!

You can view the full book as a PDF here [edited and removed due to lawyers].

Please spread the word! It makes a great gift and is an excellent conversation piece.

5 Responses to “That’s Not My PC”

  1. Phillip, this is HILARIOUS!! A year ago I gave my now six-year-old son my old PC and he’s taken to it like a fish to water. Even before he was a proficient reader, he quickly learned to navigate and customize IE and XP by using icons. He’ll LOVE this, thanks!

    Feel free to edit out the following if you decide to Allow this comment:

    I came across your Office Hours: Top 10 Most Useful Secret Ninja Moves in Office. I love your writing style! I publish a blog with IT news and info for our company (hosted locally) using WordPress and I try to inject as much humor as I can and I too am fond of using Ninja and Kung Fu reference as often as possible, lol!

  2. Penelope says:

    This is fab.
    Which font is it you used for this?
    Thank you!

  3. Christopher Scanlon says:

    Hi Philip

    this isn’t so much a comment as an email… just wondering if you had the cease and desist letter and whether you would be willing to scan and send to me. Can tell you more via email…


  4. Gemma says:

    That’s such a shame, there are some books that are a parody of the “That’s not my…” books on sale now – “That’s not my child…” and “OMG that’s not my husband…”.

    On a related note, could you tell me which font you used for the lettering on the book cover?

    Many thanks,


  5. Jessica says:

    I am so disappointed! My daughter loves the “that’s not my…” books. I saw this online and think my husband would love it especially since I’m a Mac person and he’s a PC person.

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