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Book Review: Funny Girl – Funniest. Stories. Ever.

27 Jul


My favorite picture books are funny picture books – ones that make you think and pay attention and are filled with moments where you can’t help but laugh out loud. And the other commonality? Many of them are written by men. It’s not a bad thing necessarily, but if kids read funny books mainly by guys, do they know that women can be funny too?

That’s the idea behind this anthology of stories edited by Betsy Bird from 27 women – many are children’s authors while others work in television, are artists, editors and more. The stories range from family disasters, friendship drama to growing up and many others that are just fun to read.

This is a great collection of stories to share with middle grade girls (and guys) who are looking for new authors to read and enjoy funny stories. It’s also a great book for reluctant readers as each story is only a couple pages long. I also want to point out that Betsy was very specific in collecting stories from a very diverse group of women, which is awesome. The book doesn’t have to scream DIVERSITY, it just is.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): “Girls are funny. Period. It’s time for the world to know it.” Funny Girl is a must-read book for funny-book-loving kids!

Title: Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever.
Editor: Betsy Bird
Publisher:  Viking Press for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Page Number: 224 pgs.

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books or Vin & Leo… or Funny Picture Books

28 Feb

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I get the chance to hang out with some pretty awesome kids at the library, but two of y favorites are Vin & Leo, brothers who come at least once a week to the library for storytime, play time, or to check out some new books. So, on behalf of a request for new books for them to read (they love funny books), I am devoting this (unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday to these guys… enjoy! (And apparently there are a lot of funny chicken books out there… who would have though!)

  1. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  2. Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight
  3. Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
  4. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  5. Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
  6. This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
  7. More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Troy Cummings
  8. Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
  9. Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  10. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Picture Book Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

14 Jun

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  1. Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems (October 25)
  2. Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John (August 23)
  3. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (October 11)
  4. The Magic Word by Mac Barnett (October 4)
  5. The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage (July 5)
  6. The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora (July 19)
  7. Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols (October 18)
  8. Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk (August 30)
  9. Max at Night by Ed Vere (September 3)
  10. Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins (October 18)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Book Discussion: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

11 Feb

luluI just finished a small book discussion with six 3rd & 4th graders about Judith Viorst’s book, Lulu and the Brontosaurus.  The kids overall found the book very good and enjoyed the comedic approach to Lulu’s tendency for tantrums.

I structure my third and fourth grade book discussions a little differently than I would for my older kids because I have found that this age group, although great about reading the book and answering questions, has a much more difficult time with the discussing part.  They can each individually answer my questions, but often have trouble piggybacking off each other’s ideas to create a real discussion.  That being said, the kids really like talking about the book itself!

After we discuss the book for 20-25 minutes, I provide an activity for the kids to do that can be integrated into the story.  Tonight we made baby dinosaurs that hatched out of eggs.  It’s a simple craft, but the kids can get creative coloring their dinosaur babies and the eggs too.  I also found a link to a maze from the same website.  I was excited to see that the kids took a great deal of time working on their baby dinos and were reluctant to leave until they finished.  I normally only schedule these book discussions for about 45 minutes, which gives us just enough time to discuss and work on our activity.

I also gave the kids a few minutes to look at other books that I thought they might like after having read Lulu and I was pleased to see that 5 kids took books home with them!

Suggested Reading List:

  • Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst
  • Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
  • Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
  • The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  • Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
  • Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon


25 Oct

ZombiekinsCover_FINAL_LO2Over the weekend I was traveling and grabbed Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger as an audiobook to listen to in the car.  It was a great choice (especially around Halloween)!  It’s definitely the perfect book to give to kids looking for something a little scary, but funny too!  And it’s definitely got the “boy” humor I’m constantly looking for.  What was great about the audiobook were the zombie sound effects that the narrator provided and the story is very funny!  I think it’s even more so with the narrator because you can listen to the names of the characters like, the teacher – Mr. Baldengrumpy and the town widow, Mrs. Imavitch.  I think kids might get the humor even more if they can hear it rather than reading it.  What you do miss when listening to the story is the illustrations by Aaron Blecha… similar in style to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and they fit perfectly with the story.

The story is about a fourth grade boy named Stanley Nudelman who buys a cuddly and very creepy-looking stuffed animal at the old Widow’s yard sale.  Before he knows it, Stanley’s new stuffed animal has taken over the school and has turned half the kids into zombies.  Can Stanley and his best friend, Miranda save their friends before it’s too late?  A perfect book for the Halloween season!  Check out the Zombiekins website… if you dare!

Title: Zombiekins
Author: Kevin Bolger
Illustrator: Aaron Blecha
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2010
Narrator: Johnny Heller
Time: 2 hrs., 15 mins.

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