- The Funniest Books for Children
- Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
- Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
- We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
- Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
- Giraffe Problems by Jory John
- Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney (2021)
- The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O’Doherty & Chris Judge (2021)
- Final Thoughts
After a long and exhausting day that has made you feel low, nothing’s better than some well-written funny books brimming with humor- classic or modern. Even the resident grumps risk a scarce smile after such reads. Light humor, therefore continues to be one of the most-favored genres in children’s literature. Here we share our take on the best rib-tickling reads which will definitely make young readers fan of some witty humor.
The Funniest Books for Children
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
When a young rabbit persuades his mother to purchase him a pair of scary glow-in-the-dark underpants, he has no clue how weird they would be for the rest of his life. Of course, any book with the term “underwear” in the title will provoke guffaws almost immediately. However, the strange surprises—and the beautifully humorous ending—make this novel so appealing.
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin
Old guy Fookwire spends his time waving his old-man fist at the squirrels that constantly trespass on his lonesome life. When the squirrels get a taste of their own medicine from a new neighbor’s cat, they devise a humorous scheme. Everyone, even the snobbish Fookwire, will be giggling during the whole sequence of events.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
“OK, so maybe the lesson in I Want My Hat Back isn’t the ideal one to teach your youngster (‘Someone took your hat?’). ‘KILL HIM.’), but the bear’s reaction when he finds the rabbit has stolen his hat is wonderful.
(Also, when telling your child not to worry, use the ‘Lies Are Okay Sometimes’ parenting rule — the cute little bunny totally realized he had done something wrong, totally avoided being eaten by the bear, totally learned his lesson, and never stole again for the rest of his long and happy bunny life.) ”
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
“We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems!” Gerald the Elephant emerges as an articulate and relatable advocate for writers all across the planet. I feel like Gerald, ‘know, gets me as a writer and… oh, sorry, this is supposed to be a recommendation for children?
From his startling delight that ‘a reader is reading us’ and his power-drunk pleasure in making that reader say a specific word, to his existential horror that the book will soon end and his candid admission that ‘I just want to be read,’ I feel like Gerald, y’know, gets me as a writer and… My kids thought this book was hilarious as well.”
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
Narwhal’s excitement in this graphic book series opener about new friendship makes you smile—he is a happy little pill and cute as a button. Narwhal invites to a jumble of marine animals to join his “pod of awesomeness” (and the charming horns he awards to each new member) will make students laugh, as will his and Jelly’s unexpected mutual love of waffles.
Giraffe Problems by Jory John
Edward, the giraffe, is very self-conscious about his neck. He has tried every trick in the book to hide it, but it is still so…” neck.” Edward’s viewpoint is altered by an interaction with a tortoise (who suffers from neck anxiety). This author-illustrator pair, like Penguin Problems, presents a crucial lesson on self-love in an intelligent format that is enjoyable on numerous levels.
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney (2021)
Mr. Rowley Jefferson has already shown that he can tell a good story with Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, and now he’s attempting to write some scary stories. There’s a werewolf-transforming kid, a ghostly companion, and a terrifying scanner. But don’t be alarmed: although these tales may seem terrifying, they’re also full of the humor that you’ve come to expect from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid world. You can buy the book here.
The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O’Doherty & Chris Judge (2021)
For Rex, things are not going so well right now. His parents have divorced, so he is transported to a very isolated, stormy, sheep-inundated Irish island for the summer vacations. The bright side? He will be staying with his brilliant but weird Uncle Derm.
However, it turns out that his uncle is preparing a bank robbery on the island, and he wants Rex to assist him! This crazy but heartwarming journey, written by comedian David O’Doherty and illustrated by Chris Judge, is excellent for David Walliams and Frank Cottrell-Boyce lovers.
We understand that laughter is the best medicine- and it gets better when it is laughing with everyone and not at someone. The above books are not only gloriously witty but the banter and tongue-in-the-cheek humor appeal to readers far and wide. Before you delve into the world of authors like Wodehouse, Pratchet, and Sedaris- make sure you begin with these light-hearted reads for a bellyful of genuine laughter.
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Till then, Toodles!