This Book is Funny!
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!
2/22/2015 10:12:21 pm
What a great post. I had not heard of the This Book Is Funny movement yet - but I'm certainly going to spread the word. I agree that laughter is such an amazing way to hook young readers on books for life.
2/23/2015 12:01:51 am
Thanks Katey! I think it's such a great movement and hope it really takes off!
2/22/2015 10:15:40 pm
Love, Love, Love those baby faces! You're in for a real treat over the next several years... funny babies become even funnier toddlers, kids, and yes even teenagers! And, I love, love, love funny books!
2/23/2015 12:02:58 am
Thanks Juliana! Well that makes me excited. I'm sort of dreading the teenage years, but laughter can pull you out of some dark places. :)
2/23/2015 05:06:44 am
Love humor and this post is a treat :) If I couldn't find laughter in the day, it would be a bad day! Harper is going to keep the smiles going-you are lucky :) Seeing the world through your child's eyes is heaven-enjoy!
2/23/2015 07:44:35 am
thanks Charlotte! That's so sweet!
2/23/2015 07:45:24 am
Totally agree Johnell!
3/18/2015 11:00:09 am
Add The Rhyming Dust Bunnies to your list of books that tickle the funny bone. My students can't get enough of this book or My Crayons Talk. Either can I!
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