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Funny

Nowadays, both teachers and children are often concerned–even overwhelmed–with serious issues. So, from time to time a laughter break can help liven up the school day and lighten everyone’s load. The titles reviewed here are guaranteed to tickle the funny bone.

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The Story of Fish and Snail

By: Deborah Freedman
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Level: 8-9

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story. Today, Fish’s story (about pirates!) is too grand to simply be told: Fish wants to show Snail. But that would mean leaving the familiar world of their book—a scary prospect for Snail, who would rather stay safely at home and pretend to be kittens. Fish scoffs that cats are boring; Snail snaps back. Is this book too small for the two feuding friends? Could this be THE END of The Story of Fish and Snail? Deborah Freedman, …

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One Cool Friend

By: Toni Buzzeo
Publisher: Dial
Level: 6-7

When well-mannered Elliot reluctantly visits the aquarium with his distractible father, he politely asks whether he can have a penguin–and then removes one from the penguin pool to his backpack. The fun of caring for a penguin in a New England Victorian house is followed by a surprise revelation by Elliot’s father.

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This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

By: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Level: 0-5

A follow-up to the award-winning I Want My Hat Back follows the antics of a tiny fish who wears a perfectly fitting round blue hat while trying to avoid an enormous sleeping fish.

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Ezra and Mr Bignall's Disappearing Maths Class

Ezra and Mr Bignall’s Disappearing Maths Class

By: R J Zargle
Publisher: Dragonwood
Level: 12-13

On his first day at his new school Ezra is given an endless list of arithmetic problems to work out. The maths teacher, Mr. Bignall, is hopeless, dull and boring. But something’s not right. On day two Ezra and the class find out the truth. They experience adventures that catapult them across time and space.

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Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas

Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas

By: Tad Hills
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

Celebrate Christmas with Duck and Goose’s new holiday board book! Our feathered friends are getting ready for Christmas. The only problem? Goose is more interested in skating, sledding, and making snow angels than in helping Duck decorate their Christmas tree. While Goose has the time of his life in the snow, it seems poor Duck will be left to do all the work. . . .Tad Hills’s simple text and vivid, expressive illustrations make this sweet, funny little book the perfect stocking stuffer. Preschoolers who loved the bestselling Duck & …

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Bad Kitty Meets the Baby

By: Nick Bruel
Publisher: Square Fish
Level: 8-9

Bad kitty is not pleased when a baby joins her family. Includes fun facts and tips for training a cat to perform tricks.

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Dog Loves Drawing

Dog Loves Drawing

By: Louise Yates
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Level: 0-5

Dog loves drawing so much that he draws his very own adventure.

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Stephanie’s Ponytail

Stephanie’s Ponytail

By: Robert N. Munsch
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Level: 6-7

Stephanie likes to have her own look. So when her classmates begin copying her ponytail, she finds increasingly outrageous ways to wear her hair until she outsmarts the copycats.

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The Boy Who Wouldn't Sit Still!

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still!

By: Sharon Lester
Publisher: Privileged Communications
Level: 6-7

A humorous look at a day in the life of a mischievous – but charming – little boy. As the day progresses his actions take a series of unexpected turns – quite literally!

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Freckle Juice

Freckle Juice

By: Judy Blume
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 10-11

Nicky has freckles — they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty.

One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all Sharon overhears, she offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe — for fifty cents. It’s a lot of money, but Andrew is …

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