Barrows, Annie. Ivy Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go. M. 2006
Second in a series, Ivy and Bean discover a ghost in the school bathroom, and they have to figure out how to get the ghost out of the bathroom before the teachers find out.
TAGS: Ivy and Bean, school, ghost, funny, teachers, mystery, John F. Kennedy, M, Mike, Level M
Pennypacker, Sara. Stuart Goes to School. M. 2003
This book is a very funny sequel to Stuart’s Cape, by the same author. Stuart is worried about starting third grade, and he wants to wear the cape he made.
TAGS: school, funny, friends, clothes, show-and-tell, John F. Kennedy, Level M, M, Mike
Pilkey, Dav. Dragon Gets By. I. 1993
Dragon can’t seem to get anything right today. He reads and egg and fries his newspaper for breakfast, sweeps a hole in his floor, eats all his groceries because they don’t fit in his car, and combs his teeth while brushing his hair with a toothbrush. What a day for Dragon!!
TAGS: silly, funny, Dragon, housework, yardwork, groceries, shopping, chores, fiction, I, North Franklin
Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Halloween. I. 1993
More misadventures with the lovable blue Dragon. Dragon wants to make a big jack-o’-lantern, but can only find six small pumpkins. Though some bullies come along to try and ruin his fun, Dragon perseveres and scares them off. Dragon also gets invited to a costume party and gets scared by his own grumbling stomach in the woods.
TAGS: Dragon, Halloween, funny, humor, pumpkin, jack-o’-lantern, costume, party, silly, scary, bullying, fiction, I, North Franklin
Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Merry Christmas. I. 1991
Dragon gets ready for Christmas! Though everything doesn’t go as planned, dragon helps make Christmas special for others in need and get a Christmas treat in the end.
TAGS: Dragon, funny, Christmas, caring, kindness, silly, winter, holiday, fiction, I, North Franklin
Mahy, Margaret. Adventures of the Robber Pig. M. 2000.
The robber pig wants to drink the king’s bottle of milk, but hiding in the swamp might not be the best idea. Will he get away with it before trouble finds him? Then, the robber pig wants to steal Mrs. Lockett’s pies, but will her bumbling foil his plan? Finally, can the robber pig find true love and give up his thieving ways?
TAGS: funny, humorous details, fiction, chapter, moral lesson, stealing, fantasy, m
Yolen, Jane. Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy. K. 1986.
Commander Toad and his loyal crew of amphibians must rescue his cousin, the famous spy Tip Toad, from a spy training planet—if they can figure out which spy is really Tip Toad! The goofy spies and their funny schemes and scenarios are quite funny, but many of the pop-culture puns are very dated (Laugh-In, anyone?) and will go far over heads.
TAGS: Fiction, science fiction, outer space, aliens, spies, commander toad, puns, funny, k
Rylant, Cynthia and Sucie Stevenson. Henry & Mudge and the Long Weekend. J. 1992.
Henry, his big dog Mudge, and his mom and dad cope with February boredom over a long weekend by building a castle out of old boxes in the basement. Chapters are 5-10 pages long.
TAGS: Henry and mudge, winter, castle, dogs, fiction, chapter, family, funny, crafts, J
INFO: Rathman, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. L. 1995.
DESC: Nobody pays attention to Officer Buckle’s safety speeches until his new police dog, Gloria, starts acting out his tips when he can’t see—until he finds out and thinks she’s stolen the spotlight. Kids like picking out the funny details in the drawings. Caldecott winner!
TAGS: fiction, Caldecott, school, safety, dog, police, funny, humorous details, L
INFO: Cameron, Ann. Julian’s Glorious Summer. N. 1987.
DESC: Ann Cameron’s Julian and Huey series is beyond description. Imagination, hilarious, gripping, believable and dynamic all at once, Cameron traces the life-and-times of Julian and Huey, two unforgettable, spunky and audacious brothers growing up in a middle-class African-American neighborhood. This story follows Julian, notorious fibber, as he faces his biggest fear – riding a bicycle (or maybe even bicycles, in general) with characteristic gusto, flair, and well-intentioned missteps. Julian’s (ig)noble attempts to get himself out of contact with bikes (since his best friend Gloria just got one of her own) end up getting him indentured to his father for the summer. Will Julian ever learn to tell the truth?! Cameron’s book delivers all the “big lessons” that one would expect from a children’s summertime classic – but with a believably, edgy, enduring and modern sense of creative flair. For fans of the unique voice and style of Amber Brown or Junie B. Jones – or for those young kiddos just plain bored with tame shenanigans – please welcome Julian and Huey to your pantheon!
TAGS: bicycles, summertime, julian and huey, adventure, lying, telling the truth, fear, fear of bicycles, impressing friends, trusting, understanding, parent-child relationships, humor, funny, funny parts, hilarious, N, fiction, chapter