And it's back to We Recommend, where my girls and I use our
to figure out the exact right book recommendation for whomever writes
in to ask. Just send us a description of the kid you're talking about,
what he or she likes and does like, any other relevant (or irrelevant,
why not?) information, and we'll dip into our collective
unconsciousness and come up with the perfect book, which will
inevitably be overshadowed by the amazing and insightful
recommendations from the commenters. So go ahead, test us!
I must say first that this one is tough. See here,
My two older kids are a 10yo girl and a 7yo boy. They are bright kids
and good readers. In addition to what they read on their own (lots), I
read them a chapter or two from a longer book every night. It's our
ritual and we love it! I would love a recommendation for a really
really funny read aloud for that age group. Lately we've been doing a
lot of Famous Five and enjoying them. Guns! Dogs! Adventure! But we are
on #9 now and it's wearing a little thin for me. I need something
funny. Funny things we have enjoyed include Gordon Korman's "I Want to
Go Home" – that one had them falling off the couch. We read more of his
too, and they were good but not as good as that one. They also laughed
out loud at Toys Go Out, though that is getting young for them now.
We've done all the Roald Dahl, all the Beverly Cleary. What I'm hoping
for is really funny one, something with lots of goofy slapstick humour.
Nothing subtle. I want them to be falling off the couch again! Any
First of all, it sounds like a lot over at their house, no? What seems tricky to me is that reading something funny aloud. I mean, we think things are funny that we read aloud, but fall off the couch? She must be a hell of a reader-alouder.
I've been thinking and thinking about this, and I'm just not certain. My sister thought the Percy Jackson books were pretty funny. Captain Underpants came up, but was dismissed for being more visual humor, a lot of funny signs and so on. Then there are all those "The Day My Butt Ran Away" and "Just Annoying" books, but those seem to me more like pandering. Besides, she wants to be entertained too. So here's what I came up with:
We read this when some people were having a tough time with various fears: swimming, dogs, etc, and it was excellent for both normalizing that and keeping it in perspective. Also: perfect to read in summer, as it's all centered on a summer. Also: extremely funny. Having Sheila run screaming from a friendly slobbery dog, or feel like she's drowning when she can stand in the water—they're just excellent silly slapstick, and we loved it. Fell off the couch? No. But maybe I was doing it wrong?
But no doubt you guys have all sorts of ideas, lay them on me.