Funny Books, Reviewed by YOU

April 10th, 2012 by

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad it’s time for a new post on Kidsmomo?

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ha ha ha! Ha.

But seriously, folks… Over the weekend I mentioned that April is National Poetry Month. Well, it also happens to be National Humor Month!

In the past, Nancy and I have rounded up our favorite funny books for your reading pleasure, so today I thought I’d do something different and turn the spotlight on you!

Here are some of the coolest reviews for funny books that we’ve gotten from you guys over the years. So if you’re seeking something hilarious, giggle-tastic, LOL-inducing, and/or milk-out-your-nose/side-splitting, then look no further:

Never_Mind_Avi_Rachel_VailNever Mind! by Avi and Rachel Vail
Submitted by alyson(derf), Age 11 from Rhode Island
Rating: ★★★★★
Never mind is a fiction book,that will blow your socks off.It is the best book bye Avi yet.I recomend this to children ages 10-17 maybe even older.If you came up to me and said “should i read never mind by avi?” i would say- OH SWEET MOTHER OF POTATOS YOU SHOULD BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Reviewed by: Bat, Age 11 from Texas
Rating: ★★★★½
Picture this: you’re a member of a really rich family. You’re playing on the beach one day when a banker with a really bad cough turns up and tells you that your parents died in a fire that destroyed your whole mansion. You’re then put into the care of a really mean man who wants to inherit your fortune and makes you do all the chores. That’s exactly what happens to the Baudelaire childre*************** Sorry, my typewriter broke. As I was saying, that’s exactly what happened to the Baudelaire children. How do they cope? You’ll have to read this book (and the whole series) to find out. (One of the children loves inventing, another reads a lot, and another bites everything in sight.)

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
Submitted by Jenna, Age 11 from Maine
Rating: ★★★★★
I first heard of this book when my teacher said she recommended it. But it looked kind of dumb, so I never did bother to read it. That is, until my teacher read it to my classmates and I. I loved it so much, I read it again by myself!

Knucklehead is a hilarious memoir by Jon Sciezka, telling of his childhood memories of living with his five brothers, Jim, Tom, Gregg, Brian, and Jeff. This book is full of funny memories and tons of photos. I really enjoyed the part when they brought the cat in the car with them and something hilarious happened. So you’re probably wondering what happened, right? Well, sorry, but you’re going to have to read this funny memior to find out!

Babymouse Series by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm
Submitted by Elizabeth, Age almost 10 from New Hampshire
Rating: ★★★★★
Babymouse wears a pink heart dress and loves to eat pink cupcakes. She has a baby brother named Squeak and her best friend is Wilson Weasel. Babymouse gets pushed around by a mean cat named Felicia Furrypaws at school. Babymouse gets into all kinds of trouble and Wilson always helps her out. Unlike Babymouse he does everything right. My favorite book is Babymouse Burns Rubber. Have a squeaky day!


Have YOU read any fantastically funny books recently? Leave a comment with your recommendation, or submit a full review!

— Karen

Karen never got into the whole vampire craze, but she loves this joke: What’s a vampire’s favorite fruit? A neck-tarine! HA HA HA HA! Ha.

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Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

August 7th, 2010 by

Submitted by Jenna, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★★

I first heard of this book when my teacher said she recommended it. But it looked kind of dumb, so I never did bother to read it. That is, until my teacher read it to my classmates and I. I loved it so much, I read it again by myself!

Knucklehead is a hilarious memoir by Jon Sciezka, telling of his childhood memories of living with his five brothers, Jim, Tom, Gregg, Brian, and Jeff. This book is full of funny memories and tons of photos. I really enjoyed the part when they brought the cat in the car with them and something hilarious happened. So you’re probably wondering what happened, right? Well, sorry, but you’re going to have to read this funny memior to find out!

Jon Scieszka, Vomit, and Candy Bars. Need I say more?

July 25th, 2010 by

In a recent podcast, I recounted a story involving a car ride, a candy bar, and group vomiting. Thankfully, it wasn’t my story, but a memory of author Jon Scieszka’s — I was just re-telling it after reading his fantastic book Knucklehead.

Well, I’ve discovered a video where he tells the story himself! Check out this interview he did for Scholastic’s Ink Splot 26 blog*. The story comes right after he explains why he started writing:

I’ll be honest here: If Jon Scieszka were a book that I was judging by its cover, I’d say Jon Scieszka’s “cover” looks like… a hedge fund banker. Or a fancy schmancy consultant. What kind of consultant? I don’t know. Something with numbers, I suppose.

What I’m trying to say (very poorly) is that he doesn’t look like someone who’d write the laugh-out-loud picture book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (which he did). So to come across a video of this serious-looking dude talking about vomit, it’s just… just… AWESOME! Especially the way he says “pecan nut log”— I think the fact he includes that little detail is a sign of what a genius writer he is. (Although, in all fairness to me, that was a detail I didn’t have.)

— Nancy

Nancy has plenty of puke stories of her own, but she’s been sparing everyone the gooey details… Or waiting for right time to bring it up. Mwahahhahha!

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*Btw, full disclosure: I used to work at Scholastic, and Karen still works there. In fact, now she’s in charge of the website that the Ink Splot 26 blog is part of! She’s actually the one who told me about this amazing video — but she swears she was just being a good friend, not trying to promote her other website. I guess I believe her…

Kidsmomo Podcast #24: “Author! Author!”

April 27th, 2010 by

Which children’s book author grew up with a pet raccoon? Which one enjoyed reading cereal boxes as a kid? And which one participated in a mass vomit incident with his family? (Ick.) The answers are in our latest podcast, all about author memoirs and autobiographies:

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  • “You little rascal!” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Chicken pot pie with Roald Dahl and candy with R.L. Stine —
  • plus an author dream date from one of you!
  • Our author memoir picks (Knots in My Yo-yo String by Jerry Spinelli and Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
  • An author memoir red from one of YOU (Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books about royalty, as suggested by one of our kid followers! So send us a review of your favorite book about royalty and check out these books about royalty, fit for a king.

And for this special kid-requested topic, we’re extending the theme to three weeks and offering up:

  • May 4th: a new Mystery Book Theater starring royalty, and funnily enough, an animal once again (I guess we love animals?)
  • May 11th: a royal KidsmomoMo video
  • May 19th: a regal podcast, if it may please the court

So stay tuned!

— Nancy and Karen