Saturday, April 10, 2010

Horrid Henry's Joke Book: great for laughs and fun with friends (ages 5-8)

What did the librarian tell the children in her class?
Books are food for thought, but don't eat in the library!

Now, while I may not be a master joke teller, I can promise you that Horrid Henry most certainly is. From Mummy's Curse Jokes to Gross-out Jokes to Jokes Much Too Rude to Tell Mom, Horrid Henry will get your kids laughing and reading jokes to all their friends.
Horrid Henry's Joke Book
by Francesca Simon
illustrated by Tony Ross
IL: Sourcebook Jabberwocky, 2010
ages 5 - 8
available on Amazon
Horrid Henry books are full of fun, and kids new to reading chapter books will get a kick out of his new joke book. This British import has sold over 15 million books world-wide, and has become a crowd pleaser in the US. As Betsy Bird wrote at Fuse#8, "There's the vicarious thrill of reading about a kid who's bad, knows it, and still goes through with behavior not always on the up and up." Here, in Horrid Henry's Joke Book, Henry gets us to laugh at silly, gross and laugh-out-loud jokes.
Why was the Egyptian boy upset?
His daddy was a mummy.

What do you call a ghostly teddy bear?
Winnie the OOOOOHhhhhhhh.

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately ...

Waiter! Waiter! There's a fly in my soup?
I'm sorry, sir, the dog must have missed it.
1st and 2nd graders love reading joke books. They can dip into them, share them with friends, and get immediate satisfaction from their newly acquired reading skills. Sometimes, joke books can be the perfect thing to switch on the light and wake kids up to the joy of reading. Kids who know the Horrid Henry characters will get the most out of this joke book, since several of the chapters feature characters from the stories. But as the jokes above show, there is plenty of fun in these jokes whether or not you know the characters.

Check out my review of other books in the Horrid Henry series here. The review copy was kindly sent by the publisher. If you make a purchase on Amazon using the links on this site, a small percentage will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). Thank you for your support.

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