Funny books are loaded with great stuff
Not all kids like the same kind of books, but one thing is for certain - everyone likes to laugh, and that makes funny books a hit pretty much across the board. The most important thing to remember when selecting funny books to read to kids is that the humor isn’t directed at the expense of someone else. No one likes being made fun of, so we mustn’t encourage that kind of behavior by reading books that derive their humor by making another (and yes, even a fictional character) feel lousy. The books reviewed today are full of laughs of the right kind. See for yourself.
Books to Borrow
The following book is available at many public libraries. “Pirates Don’t Chanege Diapers” by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon, Harcourt, 40 pages Read aloud: age 4 and older. Read yourself: age 7 - 8 and older. Jeremy’s pirate friends have returned to Jeremy’s house to dig up their treasure, but the pirates are so loud they accidentally wake Jeremy’s baby sister, Bonney Anne. Before anyone can do any digging, the pirates and Jeremy have to soothe the baby and make her happy. But pirates aren’t accustomed to the baby business, and one hilarious event after another has the pirates scrambling to do the right thing. Once Bonney Anne is finally asleep, it’s time to dig. But wait! What happened to the treasure map? This highly entertaining story will have readers agreeing - pirates don’t change diapers, at least not very well!
Library: Carroll County Public Library, 136 Court St., Carrollton KY Library Director: Hillary Arney Assistant Director: Patricia Hersey Youth Services Librarian: Leslie Sutherland Choices this week: “Flip and Flop” by Dawn Apperley; “Miss Nelson is Back” by Harry Allard; “Geronimo Stilton” by Geronimo Stilton
Books to Buy
The following books are available at favorite bookstores. “Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover” by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery, Orchard Books, 2018, 150 pages, $12.99 hardcover Read aloud: age 7 and older. Read yourself: age 8 - 10. When Mac was a kid, he lived a normal life until the day the phone rang. The call was for Mac. The caller was the Queen of England asking Mac for a favor (more like a command) - the Crown Jewels had been stolen and the Queen wanted Mac to find the missing treasure and bring it back to her. An envelope was immediately delivered by an unknown source, and it contained a plane ticket and lots British money. As Mac was packing for his spy mission, the Queen called again and told Mac, “Be careful. This mission is extremely dangerous. Goodbye.” After Mac arrived in London and had a chance to speak with the Queen in person, Mac learned that rather than looking for the one hundred and forty one objects in the Crown Jewels, only one was stolen - a ten-inch spoon. A spoon? Yep; Mac was on a very unclear trail of whodunit to retrieve a spoon over eight hundred years old. With scant, odd clues to follow, Mac posed as different people as he made his way to France and beyond. Would he be able to find and recover the spoon, and what might it cost him to do so? A high adventure, hilarious story at every turn and sprinkled with history throughout, Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover will have kids ripping through every page, only pausing to catch their breath from crazy amounts of laughter! “Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy Dog” written and illustrated by Deborah Zemke, Dial, 2018, 154 pages, $16.99 hardcover Read aloud: age 6 - 9. Read yourself: age 7/8 - 9. Bea Garcia loves her super-smart dog, Sophie. On the other hand, Bea does NOT like her next door neighbor (and classmate) Bert. Bert is nasty to Bea, calls her all sort of names, and Bea considers him a monster. Bert also enjoys frightening Sophie, and when Sophie takes off running from Bert, her calls her Scaredy dog. Bea isn’t afraid of Bert, but when Bea’s teacher assigns Burt as Bea’s partner in the class assignment to interview another student about their life, Bea is quite upset. She’d rather interview the class bunny rather than Bert. But no; her partner was Bert, period. Bea decides she will take Sophie with her to Bert’s for the interview, but the interview process barely gets started when Bert’s Monster cat, the giant Big Kitty, lunges through the air to attack Sophie. Sophie dives through the window with Big Kitty in pursuit. Before Bea knows what is happening, Sophie vanishes, and Bea can’t find her anywhere. Now what? A hilarious, very fun book about pets, family, love and friendship, Tale of a Scaredy Dog is certain to entertain kids ready to read a chapter book on their own. Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org