Laughter is the best medicine, they say. And reading books is one of the best habits to improve the language skills of a child.
Funny books deliver both the benefits to the child, as they encourage the reading habit and also keep the child entertained. While most children’s books are a great source of fun, some are funnier and can leave the child giggling throughout.
In this MomJunction post, we give you a list of 15 best funny books for kids.
Best Funny Books For Children
1. Interrupting Chicken
Author: David Ezra Stein
The book begins with a little red chicken getting ready to settle into the bed for the night. He asks his father to read him a bedtime story. But his father is not sure if he should read a story since the little chicken has the habit of interrupting. The father does start to read, but to no surprise, the little chicken interrupts again! The story is hilarious, and its main characters are further rendered funny with illustrations.
2. Be Quiet!
Author: Ryan T. Higgins
The tale starts with Rupert, the mouse speaking to the reader and telling them that he will make the book a wordless one. It means there will be no speech balloons. But Rupert’s friends continue talking to him despite him asking them to be quiet. The story becomes a funny one when Rupert and his friends end up talking about not talking in the book.
3. The Book with No Pictures
Author: B. J. Novak
The title of the book says it all: there are no pictures in the book. There is only text written in large fonts across. The writer tells at the beginning of the book that the reader has to say the words out loud. There are different funny and silly words across the book printed in colored ink to prompt the child to say them aloud. ‘The Book with No Pictures’ will lead to a lot of laughs, especially when read by the parents and children together.
4. XO, OX: A Love Story
Author: Adam Rex
The story is about an ox falling in love with a celebrity gazelle. In spite of being a simpleton and out of her league, the ox musters up the courage to write a letter expressing his affection for her. The gazelle has several admirers and does not treat the ox any different initially. But as they interact more often, the gazelle falls in love with the ox and the two become best friends. The story progresses through the amusing letters written by the ox and the gazelle, giving the book a funny angle.
5. This Book Just Ate My Dog!
Author: Richard Byrne
A girl named Bella takes her dog for a walk, from one page to another. But as she crosses the page, her dog disappears in the fold of the book while its leash stays in Bella’s hands. Bella has to free her dog now and uses the physicality of the book to tug her dog free. The story is funny and also interactive.
6. I’m Bored
Author: Michael Ian Black
A young girl is bored, and she complains about it to the reader. The girl discovers a potato while walking around bored. The potato turns out to be a talking one. The vegetable says that children are boring, but that does not go well with the girl. She lists down all the fun things children can do without realizing that the potato hilariously turned the tables on her.
7. The Hiccupotamus
Author: Aaron Zenz
The tale is about a hippopotamus suffering from an acute bout of hiccups. The hippo cannot stop hiccuping, and each time he hiccups, he scares someone around. Fed up with his noisy hiccups, three animals, an elephant, a rhinoceros, and a centipede, decide to find a cure for the ‘Hiccupotamus.’ The story is written in rhyming phrases with adorable illustrations of animals on each page.
8. Grumpy Monkey
Author: Suzanne Lang
In this story, we meet Jim Panzee, a monkey who wakes up one morning and finds everything to be perfect: the sky so blue and the bananas too sweet. How can one feel sad on such a day?
Well, Jim can and is grumpy about everything. His animal friends ask him the reason, but Jim Panzee does not answer and stays in denial of his grumpiness. The book uses funny illustrations and text to carry the story till the end where we learn the real reason behind Jim’s grumpiness.
9. Blue Hat, Green Hat
Author: Sandra Boynton
On each page of the book is an illustration of an animal wearing a piece of cloth of different colors. The book is educational, but the blank expression of the animals and a turkey who always wears its clothes wrong make it funny. She wears the pants on her hand and her shirt on her head! The colorful drawings and corresponding funny text make it an excellent comic book for kids.
10. The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt
One day, a young boy named Duncan discovers that all his crayons have left the box. Instead of the crayons, there is a pile of letters inside the crayon box. Each letter is a complaint from each crayon. The red crayon complaints that he needs rest since Duncan makes him work more. The purple crayon is unhappy that most of his color goes outside the lines. And so on, each crayon has a silly reason for quitting, making this children’s book quite funny.
11. Room on the Broom
Author: Julia Donaldson
This book tells the story of a witch who is flying around on her magical broom, with her pet cat. A gust of wind blows the witch’s hat, and she lands on the ground to search for it. A dog finds the hat and wants a ride on the broom as a reward for returning the hat to the witch. The witch agrees.
But the witch keeps losing several things, and each time an animal finds it, they expect a ride on the broom. But soon there is not enough room on the broom, and the group also encounters a dragon while flying. The cute drawings of the animals on the broom makes this book quite humorous.
12. The Pigeon Needs a Bath
Author: Mo Willems
The tale begins with a man seeking the help of the reader in catching the pigeon, who has become very dirty. But the pigeon does not want to have a bath and gives several hilarious reasons to escape. Finally, the pigeon agrees to have a bath but not without thoroughly inspecting his bathtub and the water in it.
13. This Is a Moose
Author: Richard T. Morris
In this funny story, we see a documentary director pick a moose as the star of his film. But the moose is not performing as per the director’s expectation. Why? Because the moose does not want to be a moose. It wants to be an astronaut instead. That is followed by a comical series of events where other animals of the forest help the moose fulfill his dreams.
14. Dog Man
Author: Dav Pilkey
‘Dog Man’ is a graphic novel where we meet a crime fighter who is half dog and half man. The dog man is a superhero who uses his superhuman strength and a great sense of smell to catch culprits. The book is filled with oodles of funny images and text that will leave a child grinning.
15. The Monster At The End Of The Book
Author: Jon Stone
Grover, the puppet monster, is the main character of the book. He does not want the reader to turn the pages of the book for there is a monster lurking at the end of the book. But if you turn the page, Grover reappears asking you not to turn the page as that will lead you to the monster. The story is amusing and will keep the child reading and turning the pages until greeted by a fun surprise on the last page.
There are a number of funny books for children. But the books you choose should be age-appropriate. Some funny books have many jokes that require a revisit as the child may not understand in the first instance. The funnier the book, the more it will be read by the children. So make your pick accordingly to get the child to read more often.
Which funny book for kids does your child love? Do tell us in the comments section below.
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