An Introduction to Humor | Riddle Me This | Funny Bones | Middle Grade Mischief | Humor For An Older Crowd

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An Introduction to Humor

The books below range from fairy tale mash-ups to parodies to the just plain funny! See what you like best and use the story as a mentor text to try writing a new story in the style of the author.

Caveman Manners and Other Polite Poems

by David Steinberg
Ages 7-9 | Grades 1-4

Welcome to Prep School for Cave Girls and Boys! Learn manners in a caveman finishing school, meet Percival Pig, and find out the terrible fate that befell the Nose-Picker Champ in this "educational" volume!

Earth to Clunk

by Pam Smallcomb, Illustrated by Joe Berger
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

What do you send your alien pen pal Clunk to make it clear you do not want an alien pen pal? You send him your big sister. But then Clunk sends back a Zoid, an exasperating Zoid that follows him everywhere. So begins some hilarious swaps, from dirty socks, three Forps, some old lasagna, a weird glob, and a string of Christmas lights! Until suddenly, Clunk stops sending stuff. Oh no! Earth to Clunk . . . ?

George Brown, Class Clown #1: Super Burp!

by Nancy Krulik | Illustrated by Aaron Blecha
Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4

The first day at a new school is always the hardest, right? No, not always as George finds out the hard way. On the second day at...Sugarman Elementary School, he is suddenly seized by uncontrollable burps, burps so loud they practically break the sound barrier, burps that make him do wild and crazy stuff and land him in trouble with a capital T. One thing is for sure: these are not normal burps, they are magic burps—and they must be stopped! But how?

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody

by Michael Rex
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

It's bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody

by Michael Rex
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

The petrifying parody of the classic, Runaway Bunny! A little mummy transforms into a series of incredible monsters in order to run away and assert his independence. His mother keeps coming to "get" him, but this little mummy has a mind of his own.

Furious George Goes Bananas

by Michael Rex
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

George is an ape—not a monkey—and he is perfectly happy living his simple life in the jungle, until one day the man in the funny hat kidnaps him and brings him to the big city. Poor George! Forced to live in a cage at the zoo, then work hard manual labor and be mocked on stage—George has every reason to be upset. In fact, after all the maltreatment, he's downright furious! So it's a good thing George is one clever ape. Perhaps getting mad is not the only answer. Readers will laugh out loud when George comes up with a way to outsmart the man in the funny hat.

Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again

by Dave Horowitz
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

Humpty Dumpty used to love climbing, but after his big fall his confidence is shattered. The doctor can fix his shell, but how will he get his nerve back? When one of the King's horses gets stuck on a cliff, Humpty has a chance to show the world what a resilient egg he can be.

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger

by Kevin Bolger
Ages 9 up | Grades 3 up

When Prince Harry convinces Sir Fartsalot that a Snotty Scoundrel is on the prowl to bring danger to the Kingdom of Armpit, Harry, Sir Fartsalot, and their buddy Sir Knotaclew set out to stop the dreaded Booger. Their hilarious quest will bring them face-to-phlegm with all kinds of interesting adventure!

Skippyjon Jones

by Judy Schachner
Ages 5-8 | Grades K-3

Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no! He's actually El Skippito, a great swordfighter ready to battle banditos the world over! With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and to save the day.

The Stinky Cheese Man

by John Scieszka
Ages 3 & up | Grades PreS & up

The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and pictures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. In these irreverent variations on well-known themes, the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

by John Scieszka
Ages 5 & up | Grades K & up

A spoof on the classic story of the three little pigs! This time, the wolf gives his version of what really happened when he met up with the three little pigs.

Riddle Me This

Riddles are silly, but they get boys thinking. TEACHERS: Have students write their own riddles and compile them into a classroom riddle book. Next, try to solve them as a class. The one who guesses the most correct is the riddle champion!

Silly School Riddles

by Lisa Eisenberg
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

No textbook has the answers to these jokes; no teacher can offer assistance. Kids are strongly encouraged to share their work with others, and the more talking, giggling, and answering out of turn, the better.

Funny Bones

It's natural for kids to wonder about their bodies (and all of us sometimes think we're coming unglued)! These books help explain the ways a human body works in a kid-friendly way, while keeping readers entertained. When your boys are done reading the books, have them write their own silly ways of explaining other parts of every day life, like setting the table for dinner, doing homework, or playing a game.

Grossology and You

by Sylvia Branzei
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-6

We have news for you: You are gross. (And you thought we'd never find out)! This book provides information in a not-so-serious manner about such topics as blood, eyeballs, brains, bruises, constipation, warts, rashes, and more.


by Tedd Arnold
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

The young narrator has discovered a disturbing trend: There's fuzz in his belly button, his toes are peeling, and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces him of the awful truth: his parts are coming unglued!

More Parts

by Tedd Arnold
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

Just like Parts, this book features more body parts—falling apart! Give me a hand, hold your tongue, scream your lungs out; what's a kid to do if he wants to keep all his body parts in place? Well, one thing is for sure, he'll have to be creative.

Someone Used My Toothbrush! And Other Bathroom Poems

by Carol Diggory Shields | Illustrated by Paul Meiselr
Ages 5-8 | Grades K-3

What's soggy, kind of greenish, and has a funny smell? If you answered "my toothbrush," then this book is for you! This comic, kid-centric poetry collection contains twenty-one humorous poems ranging from brushing to bathing to potty-training your baby brother. Alongside Paul Meisel's hilarious and wry illustrations, these poems are a sure bet for anyone who's ever waited in line for the loo, shared a sink with a sibling, or just wanted a good laugh.

Middle Grade Mischief

Boys will be boys—and that means they're making mischief! From the true stories of growing up Scieszka to an evil genius destined to take over the world, these books provide all kinds of hilarious ways for boys to get through adolescence. Just make sure they know not to prank you with any of the pranks they read about here!

We Are Not Eaten By Yaks: An Accidental Adventure

by C. Alexander London
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Oliver and Celia Navel would love nothing more than to watch TV. All day long. But their parents are explorers… And when their mom disappears, they must travel to the corners of the globe to find her. Along the way they encounter talking yaks, witches, and the evil Sir Edmund S. Thitheltorpe-Schmidt III.

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!

by Matthew McElligott and Larry David Tuxbury
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Victor Godwin's orderly life is upended when he discovers that Benjamin Franklin never actually died—he was put into suspended animation and hidden away for more than 200 years in Victor's basement! After an accident reawakens Ben, Victor must not only help him adjust to the modern world but also help him overcome a slight flaw—when Ben runs low on energy, he turns into a rampaging monster desperately hungry for electricity! All this while trying to take first place in the school science fair. With one of history's preeminent scientists helping out, what could go wrong?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last, and only five lucky children will be allowed inside. But what they find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors, they've heard!

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Charlie and Willy Wonka are back, this time in a fantastic journey to outer space in their glass elevator.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Mr. Fox is surrounded, and he's going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this time.

George's Marvelous Medicine

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

George's grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it!

The Twits

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Mr. and Mrs. Twit hate everything, including their trained monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, who now want revenge.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President

by Josh Lieb
Ages 12 & up | Grades 6 & up

Oliver's a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he's used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver's father—his archnemesis—makes a crack about the upcoming middle school elections, and Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, all in time to impress his dad?

Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka

by John Scieszka
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers is a good start, but throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead, a hilarious trip down memory lane.

Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!

by Stephen McCranie
Ages 8-11 | Grades 3-5

With kid-friendly humor and a deft touch, Stephen McCranie brings this breakthrough series about a genius boy and his talking dog, perfect for any kid who's one book away from either Big Nate or Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


by John van de Ruit
Ages 12 & up | Grades 6 & up

John "Spud" Milton takes his first hilarious steps towards manhood in this delicious, laugh-out-loud boarding school romp, full of midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave all readers in hysterics and thirsty for more!

Spud-The Madness Continues

by John van de Ruit
Ages 12 & up | Grades 6 & up

It's 1991, and John "Spud" Milton's journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail's pace. Nearly fifteen, Spud's starting his second year at boarding school and—to his utter mortification—he's still a spud and life at school's about to get a whole lot worse.

Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual

by Sir John Hargrave
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

This is the definitive guide to pranking and mayhem. Written in the style of a training manual, but with hilarious illustrations, this book is broken up into five sections, with instructions to have you pranking in no time.

Stickman Odyssey

by Christopher Ford
Ages 11-14 | Grades 6-8

When Zozimos is banished from the kingdom of Sticatha-the kingdom he was next in line to rule-he trains at battle (if you call chasing after butterflies training), travels across stormy seas (thanks for that, Poseidon), slays golems and monsters (with a lot of help), charms beautiful women (not really), and somehow (despite his own ineptitude) survives quest after quest. By the love of Zeus, though, none of it brings him any closer to home!

Humor For An Older Crowd

For boys who might be ready for the likes of Holden Caulfield here are the latest and greatest titles.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President

by Josh Lieb
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

When a provocation from his dad irks twelve-year-old evil genius Oliver Watson, he'll have to put his plans for world domination on hold in order to beat the pants off the competition and win the middle school election.

Losers in Space

by John Barnes
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

It is the year 2129 . . . and fame is all that matters

Susan and her friends are celebutantes. Their lives are powered by media awareness, fed by engineered meals, and underscored by cynicism. Everyone has a rating; the more viewers who ID you, the better. So Susan and her almost-boyfriend Derlock cook up a surefire plan: the nine of them will visit a Mars-bound spaceship and stow away.

The Robot

by Paul E. Watson
Ages 12 and up | Grades 7 and up

When Gabe's parents leave town for the weekend, he lets his best, and only friend Dover convince him to break into his father's basement laboratory. Once inside, the boys make a shocking discovery, one that will turn a boring weekend into a hilarious madcap adventure: a smoking hot robot who, before the day is over, she'll expose a traitorous plot, catapult two geeky freshmen to high school fame, and try to assassinate Dr. Phil!

Tales of the Madman Underground

by John Barnes
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

The Catcher in the Rye meets On the Road in this Printz Honor book. It is 1973 and the beginning of Karl Shoemaker's senior year in Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl's been part of the "Madman Underground"—kids forced to attend group therapy during school. This year Karl has decided that he is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good.