Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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Lori Mortensen
Georgia
4

Silly book about a cowboy trying to get his dirty dog into the bath.  Unfortunately for Cowpoke Clyde, Dirty Dawg wants nothing to with the bath. Very humorous, the whole book is written in rhyme. There are some great cliffhangers where the rhymes continue on to the next page. Great chance...

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Lucy Knisley
Kristi
4

Do you know what a cheesemonger is? What can you eat in Japan if you are allergic to soy? Is it truly impossible to make the perfect croissant? is fast food evil? The author shares her life experiences that led her to discover the answers to these questions, plus a whole lot more, in this funny...

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Dav Pilkey
Nancy
4

What a goofy, bring-me-back-to-childhood read.  I picked this up as it was a Challenged/Banned book that I'd never read.  Sure, it's mostly potty humor.  But it's clever potty humor and we could all use a laugh from time to time. 

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David Sedaris
CarolE
3

Basically humorist David Sedaris simply reads to the audience and answers a very few questions at the end. This is quite short and was surprisingly offensive to various segments of the population. In particular the lengthy reading listed as  "6 to 8 Black Men"  ...

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Tina Fey
Michael
3

Bossypants, the audiobook, is humorous autobiography by Tina Fey, famous for her work on television shows Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Narrated by the author, the audiobook is slightly different than the print version, as Fey references the audiobook format....

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Sharon Creech
Mary P
3

Sharon Creech has hit on many of the reasons why poetry has been so elusive to me in this novel!  Jack, the main character, writes the story as a series of poetic journal entries he is required to write at school.  Some are based on poems that are read in class (which are highlighted...

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Neil Gaiman
Becker
4

Dad goes out for milk so his kids can have breakfast (and, more importantly, so he can have his tea). He's gone for longer than he should be. His story involves dinosaurs, pirates, wumpires, a volcano, a hot air balloon, a time machine, and some aliens...Fortunately, he never lets go of the milk...

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David Sedaris
Liz S
5

If you are a huge David Sedaris fan (like me) and have read all of his published work, I highly recommend checking out the audio recordings of his work. All of the audio versions are read by the author, and his performances add that much more humor to the pieces. I listened to Dress...

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Simon Tofield
Mary P
4

This is a wordless tale of Simon's Cat and the new kitten who comes to live with him. The cats get into all kinds of antics with Simon, each other, and the variety of animals that inhabit their backyard. The pictures are highly amusing, and are great for children and adults alike. I loved the...

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Lenore Look
Hope
4

I really don’t like audiobooks. I find them frustrating and slow, but I decided to give a few children’s ones a try. After popping in three different books and becoming increasingly annoyed at the readers, I stumbled upon Alvin Ho read by Everette Plen. Everette Plen is a child actor known for...

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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...