One of the best things about blogging is that people sometimes contact you, if they think you’re nice enough or important enough, and want to send you free stuff. Of course, it’s also with a hope that you’ll review it, and I’m one of those folks who will usually get around to doing it at some point.

That’s the case with the book I’m reviewing today, called The Skinny On Credit Cards. Actually, it’s one in a series of a brand new style of informational books that will remind you of the “dummy” books. However, these are much easier to understand.

That’s because most of the book is comprised of stick figure images and scenarios. In the case of this particular book, we have a couple named Beth and Billy, who have different ideas on debt and credit cards. It takes us through a story line in involving them, their college-aged son briefly, and the author, a guy named Jim Randel, who inserts himself into the story as a stick figure also.

The main purpose, of course, is to give you as much information as possible and as simply as possible in a relatively short period of time. However, there are some points that have to be made with regular paragraphs rather than just images, so it’s not all fun and games. As for time,… well, okay, I also speed read, and I knew something about the subject, so it took me only 35 minutes to read the entire book, but most people will probably be able to get through it in just over an hour, even with some difficult concepts.

What will you learn? You’ll learn why making minimum credit card payments isn’t a good thing. You’ll get a better handle on what FICO (credit) scores are. You’ll learn how to calculate just how long it might take you to pay off debt. And you’ll learn that sometimes you have to think outside the box, and be willing to do almost anything to find ways to help make more money to get out of debt quicker.

And, I believe, you’ll see a portion of yourself in either Beth, Billy, or Jim; probably not the dog (yes, we even get a talking dog for a couple of panels). This book hits it right on the head, and in a way that I can’t see anyone not getting it once they’ve read it.

Just to add this, I was also sent two other books as a gift, that I might get to at a later time. One is on the housing crisis, and the other is on willpower, which my wife just loves. I think this style of book is really going to catch on.

Of course, as it figures, the Skinny on Credit Cards is on Amazon, but since I’m an affiliate of Barnes and Noble and not of Amazon, I won’t have the opportunity to make even a small chunk of change off it. But that’s okay; follow the Amazon link, take a look, and consider buying the book. I think it’d be a great educational tool, even for kids.

Update Now the book is being sold at Barnes & Noble as well, so breaking with tradition, you can purchase this book by clicking below:

The Skinny On Credit Cards
by Jim Randel