Still more funny Books. If you haven’t read any of these, get reading now. They’re hilarious!
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
FLOYD’S KITE IS STUCK. BUT DON’T WORRY. HE HAS A PLAN TO GET IT DOWN.
What I love the most about this book is its message. If you have a problem, throw something at it. If that doesn’t work throw something else at it. Then something bigger and funnier until the problem is solved. Or until another problem takes its place.
THIS IS JUST SILLY, OVER THE TOP FUN – READING PURELY FOR THE PLEASURE OF A FUNNY STORY.
Floyd gets his kite stuck in the tree and what does he do? He throws his shoe at it. Naturally. And, when that shoe gets stuck, he throws his other shoe at it. Of course. When his other shoe gets stuck, he throws the cat, the duck, the kitchen sink and anything else he can get his hands on, including the postman, who surely had some place better to be, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
The silliness doesn’t stop there though. Floyd picks up everything from a house to a whale and tosses it into that tree. What a plan. Go Floyd. Does his plan work?
You’ll have to read it and see. But, I can tell you that at one point, he does go and get a ladder.
Publisher: Harper Collins, Great Britain, 2011
Mum for Sale by Zanni Louise and Philip Bunting
HOW MUCH DOES A MUM GO FOR THESE DAYS?
Errol, the cheeky little penguin, has put his mum up for sale and has offers of a fish, a bucket of snowballs, even a jar of jellybeans. Will either of these make a good swap? Which will he choose?
CAN A MUM EVEN BE REPLACED?
Errol is a real child of today’s “it’s all about me” penguin society. He’s demanding and wants everything now. So, when mum won’t get off the phone (which I will agree with Errol, is very annoying), he has no option than to put her up for sale. Which is probably fair enough. However, selling your mum isn’t always easy, it’s a big replacement. Some may say, irreplaceable.
ONE MUM FOR SALE. MAKE AN OFFER!
When the offers come in, Errol must choose what to swap his mum for. It’s a tough choice. But when somebody in a pick-up truck comes along with the right offering, it’s see-ya-later mumma!
WHAT WILL ERROL DO NOW?
Oh Oh! What has he done? Errol is about to learn the hard way, that a mum, even a mum on her phone, is irreplaceable. Errol now has to act fast to get back the most important thing in the world.
So simply written and wonderfully crafted by Philip Bunting (listed for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2018), this fun story demonstrates that no matter how annoying mums can be, or how naughty their kids are, they’ll always be there for you in the end. Jellybean?
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, 2019
I Loathe You by David Slonim
A father and son bonding session of the monster kind.
You only have to look at the wonderful illustrations to see how much these monsters adore each other. I remember reading this to my son a few years ago, and for days after, both of us repeating lines from the book to each other and laughing. It’s a fun book for a parent to read to a child, as one monster to another.
It’s a fun and clever twist on the How much I love you books. Instead of trying to one-up each other on who loves who more, this little monster asks big monster, ‘How much do you loathe me?’
‘SUPPOSE SOMEDAY I LOSE MY STINK? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? WHAT WOULD YOU THINK?’
Big Monster smiles and reassures his little guy that whether he is nasty or nice, kind or mean, he loathes him up, down and between.
STAYING TRUE TO MONSTERS EVERYWHERE
Saying that you loathe someone more than stinky socks and slimy rats may seem strange to some, but the humour and fun lies in the flip to the “I love you” tales. These are monsters, so to say I love you would undermine a monster. When read in the right spirit with young ones, the humour will outshine any negative word play.
But, what really works for me in this book is the colourful, funny and awesome illustrations that capture both the humour of the text and the love and adoration both monsters have for each other. This is a fun read for monsters 4 and up.
Publisher: Aladdin, NY, 2012
Chip by Kylie Howarth
EVER BEEN TO THE BEACH WITH YOUR FISH AND CHIPS ONLY TO GET SWARMED BY PESKY SEAGULLS?
Well, you’ll love this funny book about a seagull named Chip, who loves nothing else but to eat chips.
When Chip torments local beach-goers, Joe, the local fish and chip van owner puts a ban on Chip and his mates. He puts up signs saying: don’t feed the gulls.
And, just like that, it’s no more chips for Chip.
At first, Chip tries to disguise himself as a surfer dude, but that doesn’t work. He tries munching on other food scraps, such as apple cores, Yuck!
He can’t go on like this, he’s starving! So he gathers his mates together and comes up with another plan.
This is a clever and well written ending. A win-win for the gulls, Joe and all beach-goers.
This is an Aussie favourite. Chip is for ages 3 and up. There is great humour throughout this book along with wonderfully funny illustrations that add to the story without impacting the text. It’s a winner!
Publisher: Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing
Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
HIPPOPOTAMUS HAS A SPOTAMUS . . . ON HER BOTTOMUS!
One by one, all the animals around her give hippopotamus their hilarious diagnosis.
‘It’s a blister!’ said her sister.
‘It’s measles!’ said Weasel.
‘It’s hippopox!’ said Fox.
‘It’s a trapped hair!’ said Brown Bear.
‘It is notamus! What rottomus! You clottomus!’ hissed Snake. ‘This lippy hippypotamus is allergic to cake!’
As each animal offers even funnier cures, nothing seems to work. Hippopotamus still has a spotamus on her bottomus, until along comes a young lad who sees the spot on her bottom, and in the end, the spotamus turns out to be something totally unexpected.
What a fun story to read. So silly, yet inventive and entertaining.
This book has wonderful rhyme and amazing rhythm that keeps the story up-beat and a joy to read all the way through. Willis and Ross are a fantastic comedy team and the character responses and diagnoses are so funny, but it’s the ending of this book that really hits the spot. Loved it. This is a Tacos Classic!
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd, 2013
More Pies by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
Robert Munsch is my absolute favourite storyteller. And this is one that I must’ve read to my young son a hundred times or more.
When Samuel wakes up he is super hungry. He runs down stairs and eats his breakfast really fast, Chuka-chuka-chuka-chomp. But he’s still hungry. When his mum refuses to cook him seven fried chickens he needs another plan.
Pie eating contest
Samuels brother says if you’re so hungry why don’t you enter the pie eating contest. There’s one at the park.
Samuel sits down next to a big lumberjack, a construction worker and a fireman. The judge says Ready. Set. Go. And, they all eat their pies really, really fast, Chuka-chuka-chuka-chomp!
After several pies, the lumberjack turns blue and falls under the table. The construction worker turns green and falls under the table. The fireman turns purple and falls under the table. And, Samuel? Well he’s still ready to eat, Chuka-chuka-chuka-chomp. Hilarious!
Another joy of this book are the illustrations, a typical Martchenko.
The great thing about Martchenko is his ability to add his own humour behind the story without interfering with the author’s work. You can read this book over and over and see something different each time, just adding to the joy of this fun story.