Funny Books Can Get Kids Reading!

Funny Books - for the comedian child!

Funny books can get kids reading and are a popular item in my library!  Sometimes I'll read the first page of the books out loud to the students and sometimes I can "sell" them on a book or book series that way!! A funny book can get kids reading, especially when I read a page out loud and they burst out laughing!




















Ricky Ricotta Mighty Robot by Dave Pilkey: Getting picked on by creeps at your school? Wish you had a special friend? Meet Ricky Ricotta and his giant flying Robot! Young readers will cheer as Ricky and his enormous flying Robot friend soar through the air and battle the diabolical Dr. Stinky, an evil scientist who threatens to take over the world!






The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.  They sound like bad guys, they look like bad guys . . . and they even smell like bad guys, but Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark are about to change that!

 The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L. Pichon. Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff. Tom’s teachers think he is easily distracted and “lacks focus,” but that’s a bit harsh — can he help it if his grumpy big sister, Delia, made him late for school (again), or that last night’s homework had to be sacrificed to stave off a vicious dog attack? Master of excuses, Tom, will have you in stitches laughing!

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class--5,000 points! Running in the hallway--10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm--50,000 points!

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey:  Meet George and Harold in these five hilarious adventures with the amazing Captain Underpants, as they duel Dr. Diaper, tackle the talking toilets, clash with the crazy cafeteria ladies, plot against Professor Poopypants, and wrestle the wicked Wedgie Woman. Overflowing with humor, action, and lots of super silly events!!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney: Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker or does he really just likes to liven things up at school.  Why not call this overused item a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word.  Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick's teacher has had enough!

 Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel. Bad Kitty really needs a bath, and she is forced to take one!   The following are some items you will need for Kitty's bath: one bathtub, plenty of water, dry towels, a suit of armor, a letter to your loved ones, clean underwear (because stressful situations can cause "accidents"), an ambulance in your driveway with the engine running, and, oh, yeah, you'll also need Kitty . . . but good luck with that! Kitty is at her worst in this riotous how-to guide filled with bad smells, cautionary tales of horror, and hopefully by the end . . . some soap.

Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman: In the first My Weird School book ever, second-grade teacher Miss Daisy is in over her head. She doesn't even know how to add or subtract! But the kids have other things on their minds. Principal Klutz has promised that if they read a million pages in books, they can turn the school into a video-game arcade for one whole night!

Revenge of the Cream Puffs by Lincoln Peirce: Nate and his baseball team, saddled with the most embarrassing moniker in Little League history, want to show the world they’re not just a bunch of cupcakes. But it won’t be easy! On the day of the big game, illness and injuries have the team facing a crushing defeat, unless the unlikeliest Cream Puff of all can come in from the bullpen and save the day.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald: Not only is Mom and Dad heading to California, leaving Judy and Stink with Aunt Awful (er, Opal), but now two of Judy’s friends are going Splitsville!  Then Judy comes up with a plan that involves tightrope walking, Scream Monster riding, and way more so her summer can survive boredom!!!

The Little League Team from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler. Hubie just HAS to make the Little League team this spring! But to make the team he needs a new mitt. Thankfully, his mom buys him one. Hubie practices day and night to get ready for the tryouts -- and nobody better lay their mitts on his mitt! But will all his work be enough for him to make the cut?

Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist by Jim Benton:  Franny prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny's class think she's weird, wacky, and just plain creepy. Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet -- she's going to fit in!!


Bernie Bridges Rules the School! by R. L. Stine: Bernie convinced the cafeteria lady that a Milky Way bar is a Vegetable. He got the coach to make giving wedgies an office school sport, but how will his plan that involves a contest, 25 blueberry pies, and a gallon of barf to get Sherman’s Oak’s to give him his watch?

Meet the Bigfeet by Kevin Sherry.  Blizz Richards is a great guy, a caring boss, and a loyal friend. Oh, yeah...he's also a yeti! He's made it his life's mission to study cryptids like him, hidden animals who have taken a powerful oath to never be seen by the outside world.

 The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater. When Arthur Bobowicz is sent out to bring home the family's Thanksgiving turkey, he returns instead with Henrietta -- a 266 pound chicken with a mind of her own. This begins the hilarious tall tale that will keep you in stitches!

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