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A Whack on the Side of the Head

How You Can Be More Creative


By Roger von Oech

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$28.99 CAD



  1. Trade Paperback (Revised) $21.99 $28.99 CAD
  2. ebook $11.99 $15.99 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around May 7, 2024. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

The hugely bestselling creativity classic with “lasting appeal,” A Whack on the Side of the Head is now available in an updated and revised edition, inspiring readers to unlock their creative thinking with thought-provoking examples, famous historical anecdotes, mind-bending puzzles, and so much more (New York Times)!

For more than four decades, A Whack on the Side of the Head has been a consistent leader in stimulating creativity and innovation. Translated into over twenty languages, Roger von Oech’s bestselling classic is back—and better than ever! Completely revised, enlarged, and supercharged with new ideas, this definitive edition offers more stories and exercises to bring its famous innovation boosters to a new generation.
  • Learn how to overcome the ten biggest mental locks and unleash your full creative potential.
  • Use the four roles of the creative process—Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior—to generate and apply new ideas.
  • Exploit the power of discontinuity, constraints, and “playing the Wise Fool” to find the “second right answer”!

  • “Let’s start with the best: A Whack on the Side of the Head, a book about increasing creativity. It is easy to understand its lasting appeal.”
    The New York Times
  • “Business brilliance!”
    USA Today
  • "Very refreshing...a book about how to get through life!"
    Richard Bolles, Author of What Color Is Your Parachute
  • "Roger von Oech runs laps around everyone else in the creativity consulting business."
    San Francisco Examiner
  • "A wonderfully entertaining book that will enhance your creative ability. It will make a difference in your life!"
    James Adams, author of Conceptual Blockbusting

On Sale
May 7, 2024
Page Count
352 pages

Roger von Oech

About the Author

Roger von Oech’s products and seminars have enhanced the creativity of many millions around the world. His clients have ranged from Apple, NASA, and Google to Disney, Visa, and Sony. He is the author of four books on creativity, and the popular Creative Whack Pack. He’s also the inventor/designer of the Ball of Whacks line of geometric toys. He earned his PhD from Stanford in the History of Ideas. He lives with his wife, Wendy, near Palo Alto, California.

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