Thursday, April 09, 2009

Feeling Funny?

Claire has a new list of surefire chucklebait (try to say that with a straight face. See?) up for her April mini-booklist. If someone were to ask me right now what children's book made me laugh the most I would have to say Hilary McKay's The Exiles. What about you?

18 comments:

grrlpup said...

The phone call chapter of Jane Langton's Her Majestesty, Grace Jones; and the climactic meltdown monologue in Brock Cole's Celine.

Sarah O'Holla said...

The Giggler Treatment! By Roddy Doyle.

Anonymous said...

I loved the Exiles, but I might have been more amused by The Exiles at Home. The last bit of The Exiles was so horrifying (not the books! noooo!) that it sucked some of the fun out of the whole book for me.

`h

Anonymous said...

I loved the Exiles, but I might have been more amused by The Exiles at Home. The last bit of The Exiles was so horrifying (not the books! noooo!) that it sucked some of the fun out of the whole book for me.

`h

deborah said...

The True Meaning of Smekday, by adam rex. Brilliant.

Tom said...

"Captain Najork," said Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong, "is seven feet tall, with eyes like fire, a voice like thunder, and a handlebar mustache. His trousers are always freshly pressed, his blazer is immaculate, his shoes are polished mirror-bright, and he is every inch a terror. When Captain Najork is sent for he comes up the river in his pedal boat, with his hired sportsmen all pedalling hard. He teaches fooling-around boys the lesson they so badly need, and it is not one that they soon forget."

sdn said...

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE.

Brooke said...

Polly Horvath's The Trolls, although I read it so long ago that the details are pretty fuzzy -- doesn't a lumberjack wrestle a moose during the story? Or is a big chocolate moose simply the PRIZE for a wrestling contest?

Chris Barton said...

The timing couldn't be better, Roger -- my 10 y.o. announced he was bored with all the books in the house, and I've pacified him for now with a Gene Shalit-edited humor collection including "Who's on First?" but I expect (hope) he will lose interest before he gets to "The Whore of Mensa."

Claire's list will come in mighty handy.

LaurieA-B said...

Cheaper by the Dozen, which may not be a children's book but is one I read as a child.

Roger Sutton said...

Exiles fans should read Alan Warner's screamingly funny adult novel The Sopranos, about five small town Catholic high school girls on the loose for a day in Edinburgh.

Laurie said...

I vote for Neal Shusterman's ANTSY DOES TIME.

EM said...

I can't believe no one has yet said CLEMENTINE. I may have actually peed myself.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Cleans Up by JP Martin - Daphne Lee

Ashley Waring said...

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians. Hysterical. And a really good fantasy to boot.

chelle said...

Smekday! Plus most Hilary McKay books, except The Exiles - add me to the group who was too horrified by the last exploit. Little brats.

Roger Sutton said...

I loved the book burning in Exiles. So anarchic!

chelle said...

I have just one word in reply: Goofus.