Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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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...

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Libba Bray
Kelly
4

The teen dream beauty pageant contestants are ready to take the world by storm with their beauty, intellect, and totally amazing sequin gowns. But of course nothing goes as planned and their plane crashes on what they think is a deserted island. The surviving girls at first consider practicing...

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Ed Zotti
Liberty
5

With a new baby on the way, Zotti and his family defy convention and move into a dicey inner city Chicago neighborhood to renovate a dilapidated Victorian house at a time when everyone else is fleeing. Hilarious and informative, this restoration saga by the editor of The Straight ...

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Patrick Rothfuss
Emily
4

An absurdly funny, rather disturbing comic for adults by the author of the Kingkiller Chornicles Patrick Rothfuss. Nothing at all like his other works but very much like his blog, check it out the punch line is a killer!

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Jeffrey Brown
Brett
5

Jeffrey Brown has created a perfect representation of Gen X fatherhood through a series of cartoons about the unlikely pairing of Darth Vader and his four-year-old son, Luke Skywalker.  Brown found the sweet spot by placing the characters in familiar Star Wars settings and applying...

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Mike Bender
Brett
4

Are you trying to avoid procrastination? Then do not pick up this book! These photos are hilarious.

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Kate Beaton
Brett
5

A wonderful collection of cartoons from the web comic of the same name. Open this book to the first strip and you will find a perfect sample of Beaton's work: it is literary, irreverent, and--above all--funny. Topics range from Jane Eyre to Robinson Crusoe and from Sherlock...

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Bonnie Thomas Abbott
Brett
3

Mertensia Corydalis writes a gardening newsletter and provides glimpses of her private life through the anecdotes she shares along the way. There is plenty of humor here and also a bunch of actual gardening advice. The book slows down a bit in the second half when the story starts to take center...

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Walter Moers
Emily
4

i just LOVED this book!!! it was very strange so i dont know who to recommend it to, it had dinosaurs and pigs and giant books and glowing squids... and also it was freakin' illustrated!!!! i really loved it and can't wait to read captain bluebear or rumo! yay walter moers

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Toni McGee Causey
Emily
4

Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day is a funny, hysterical, gun-and-stud filled romp through the bayou. IF you like Stephanie Plum then you will love Bobby Faye. Bobby Faye's day begins with a flood in her trailer, then she finds out her brother has been kidnapped by someone who wants...

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Edward Gorey
Emily
4

As a child I would plop myself down infront of the TV to watch Mystery on PBS, now it wasn’t because I was a huge fan of mysteries but because I was a huge fan of those creepy, chilling, and strange illustrations that introduced the show, it was only like ten or fifteen seconds of cartooning but...

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Joe Schreiber
extra medium
4

All his life, Perry has done exactly what his parents tell him to. When his parents tell him that he has to take Gobi, the exchange student living with his family (and so totally not as hot or into him as he'd hoped) to the prom, Perry does- even though his band has a gig in Manhattan that...

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James Thurber
Emily
5

James Thurber is under appreciated in this day and age. A long time contributor to the New Yorker his strange stories about strange people and the even stranger drawings humored generations. Take him home and read him aloud to a crowd. Don’t be surprised when people begin laughing loudly. These...