Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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David Sedaris
Brianna
4

A whole book of stories about animals? Well that sounds weird. But I read it anyway, and surprising myself and my ambivalence for critters, I really enjoyed it. 

It's a collection of anecdotes about animals living life much like we humans would: a sheep and a crow...

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Mindy Kaling
Becky
4

What a fun listen!  I had such a great time being entertained by the observations Mindy Kaling makes in her first book, which is a collection of short stories, lists, and advice.  For the audio version, she reads the material herself (along with a couple guest actors to make dialog...

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Jeffrey Brown
KristenA
4

This book cracked me up. Jedi Academy is the hand-written and -drawn journal of Roan Novachez, a boy from Luke and Anakin Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. Roan desperately wanted to become a fighter pilot, but is rejected from the Pilot Academy. He has to settle for the Jedi Academy...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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Michael Buckley
lcole
4

NERDS is pure fun.  It’s full of spy action mixed with hilarious comedy.

Jackson Jones is one of the most popular athletes in his elementary school until he gets a horrendous set of braces and headgear.  Suddenly, he’s no longer cool.  After Jackson loses his popularity, he...

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David Sedaris
Lisa
2

Although this latest collection of comic essays from humorist David Sedaris had a few good moments, there weren’t enough to overcome its shortcomings.  The more successful included Memory Laps, a poignant account of his experience at age 10 of being on the swim team, and his father’s...

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Robert Reid
ShellyB
4

So funny, so ridiculous!  Gives a little nostalgic walk down memory lane with mention of old TV sitcoms, bands, singers, and music from the mid '70s on.  The author makes fun of the music industry, goofy copyright laws and punishments, lawyers, government workers, labor unions, almost...

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Gail Carriger
extra medium
4

Sophronia is rather unpopular around her home. Instead of being interested in being a proper lady, she's more interested in taking things apart to see how they work, using the dumb waiter to spy on people, and generally anything that doesn't require a curtsy. When her mother sends her to...

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Hugh Murphy
Becker
4

A silly collection of cartoons of poor T-Rex trying to do all kinds of things...that he can't do because of his short arms. Watch as T-Rex tries hang gliding, applying sunscreen, cleaning his ears, and more! A quick way to bring a smile to your day. More T-Rex fun here:...

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Lisze Bechtold
Mary P
4

This is a great story for read aloud because it supports dialogic reading with your child(ren).  The images augment the text by adding more to the story than the words alone.

 

Sally receives a pair of socks in the mail that are much too small for her.  Throughout...

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Gerald McDermott
Mary P
4

This is a clever Irish folk tale about a man named Tim O'Toole and the antics that occur as he attempts to support his family.  As he is looking for work, he stumbles across some of the 'wee folk.'  Since he discovers them in the light, he is allowed to command their treasure from them...

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Rebecca Bond
Mary P
3

In this rhyming story, a little boy ties a doughnut to his belt.  This doughnut starts an immense parade of creatures and people who all follow him through town.  He has no idea that there is anyone following him, and when he suddenly stops, everyone comes crashing down on top of one...

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Mara Bergman
Mary P
4

This story is excellent for enhancing phonological awareness for children.  The onomatopoeia and repetitions of sounds, particularly those coming from the animals that arrive at the house, are very useful.

During the tale, the reader is led to believe that the creatures arrive to eat...

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Carin Berger
Mary P
3

This is an excellent book to encourage dialogic reading with children; there is very limited text and intricate pictures to spur the story along.  It spreads the message about being good to the environment by thinking about the many alternative ways we can get from point A to point B....

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Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
Mary P
4

This story is an adorable and atypical look at the tooth fairy and how great she is at her job.  She even gives some helpful hints on how to stay on her good side when you lose your teeth!  She tells you how clean they should be, where she wants to find them, and where she wants to NOT...

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Mary Jane Auch
Mary P
3

This is a cleverly written Thanksgiving tale about how the hens on the farm saved the turkey from certain peril at Thanksgiving dinner.  The text is amusing and is full of "eggstravagant" puns and word plays.  The illustrations are photographs of beautifully decorated puppets and props...

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Joanna Cole
Mary P
3

Like all Ms. Frizzle stories, she and her students go on an amazing adventure--this time, to Imperial China!  They learn all about the customs there, the significance of certain events, colors, and objects, and the inventions that continue to influence us today.  The story is simple,...

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Matthew Inman
Jennifer H
5

If you are a cat lover or a cat owner, this book is a must read. It explains some of the weird cat behavior in comic form and may give you some secret insights into why your cat is always lurking on the stairs or sleeping on your laptop. And what other book have you found that explores the idea...

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Adam Mansbach
Zac
4

This is my favorite book of all time.*

*It's not really. It’s good – but it’s not better than Fight Club or anything. It’s just that I’m a new sleep-deprived dad.  In just over 4 months, I’ve memorized more baby books than I care to admit and am able to work Goodnight...

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Ben Fountain
Beckyr
4

Billy Lynn, a 19 year-old soldier, is a newly-decorated war hero home from Iraq for a "victory tour" with other survivors from his U.S. Army squad. These brave young men are to appear in the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game. But the day is not all full of dignity, honor...

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1265-1321 Dante Alighieri
Noel
5

In Sandow Birk’s Dante’s Inferno, Birk’s starkly beautiful  drawings show a street kid Dante carrying his skateboard through hell, following after a Virgil who often looks like a street bum in his robes. Together they negotiate a Los Angeles-like hell of tattered alleyways, ATMs,...

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Robert Reid
Brett
3

Whoever wrote the copy inside the cover flap did a huge disservice to this book by comparing it to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It is humorous and I did chuckle a few times, but it cannot compare to Douglas Adams' masterpiece of the absurd. Rob Reid, founder of the company that...

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John Layman
Emily
4

You are what you eat takes on a whole new meaning in CHEW, Tony Chu (hahah) is a cibopath, that means that he experiences the life of everything he eats... so pretty much eating anything sucks, except for canned beets they apparently don't register much. This graphic novel series follows the...

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Steve Martin
Lisa
2

This tepid collection from legendary actor, musician and writer Steve Martin reminds us why libraries are wonderful things;  no need to shell out $15.99 when you can borrow it for free.  Maybe clever tweeting doesn't translate well into books, or maybe Martin should have waited until...

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Sebastian Loth
Rachel
5

In this gem of a picture book simple illustrations of Zelda the goose, from Remembering Crystal, are overlaid with transparent pages that transform her into animals like a goosnail, goosephant, and googiraffe. Zelda extols the virtues of the animal guises she puts on, but in the end Zelda admits...