And now that I have a child, the funny is simply nonstop. He gives me a reason to be silly all the time. And he's so much funnier than I realized kids would ever be. Just a few crazy funny faces that keep me laughing..
I mean seriously, with all those crazy faces, how can I not be laughing all day long?
One of my first blog posts, I ever wrote on Mondays with Mandy or Mira was about using humor to hook readers. This has always been one issue I've been passionate about because there is so much value in it.
Which is why I am so excited to have recently discovered This Book is Funny! This Book is Funny! was conceived by author/illustrator Alex Milway, though it is run by a co-operative of authors, comics artists and illustrators.
Check out this video of Alex explaining about his brilliant idea.
I am really excited about this idea and I think it's really going to take off. I can't wait to order some stickers and posters and start spreading the funny throughout my school and public library.
And I noticed on twitter that Alex was looking for recommendations of some newer pictures books that deserve a This Book is Funny sticker. Therefore, I'd like to recommend that you check out the following three books I just purchased that will cause you to say:
What I love about all three of these books is that the funny is there on the cover right from the start. Instant conflict! A wolf who is dressed up like a bunny. A frog shouting I Don't Want To Be A Frog! And Sweet Little Bunny Foo Foo with that sly little smirk on her face. (And let me tell you, the ending to Foo Foo is so fantastic!)
What books would you slap a sticker on? Comment below or follow Alex on twitter @ThisBookIsFunny and let him know!
Let's get more funny books into the hands of readers and turn those non-readers and struggling readers in readers that are rolling on the floor laughing out loud!
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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