Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Books That Make Me Laugh

I don't read enough funny books. Maybe it's my Scottish heritage, but I tend to take life much, much too seriously. And that's sad. In many ways. 

If you are like me, please, for the sake of your mental health, set aside War and Peace now and then, and pick up one of these (mostly children's) books:

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Don and Audrey Wood
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
How to Be Perfect: Poems by Ron Padgett
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Life With the Lid Off by Nicola Hodgkinson
Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Shrek by William Steig
The Adventures of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide

The BFG by Roald Dahl 
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse by John R. Erickson

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
More Bears by Kenn Nesbitt
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
We Are in a Book: Elephant & Piggie #13 by Mo Willems

 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
A Prairie Home Companion Pretty Good Joke Book 

I bet you have suggestions for me today. Please share them. We all need some humor in our reading. Thanks.

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  1. Wow! What a collection here! I just know the first one!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

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  2. I am glad I found this post. I haven't read any of these books although Winnie The Pooh and Tom Sawyer sound familiar from my childhood and I have watched the Shrek movies. Definitely, adding a couple of books to my TBR now. I really haven't read any books that I can term as being funny. Great post.

  3. Great list! We love Roald Dahl and Mo Willems around here and I see several that I haven't read yet but are on my bedtime books list that I want to try.

  4. Good choices! We love Dahl, Willems, and Cleary at our home!

  5. Shel Silverstein always makes me laugh, Deb. Some of your other titles surprise me, but I'm glad to see The Westing Game. More people should know about it!

  6. I totally agree with The Colour of Magic, it's a great book. And the Percy Jackson books are definitely the ones to go for if you want to laugh :D

    1. Why did it take me so long to find Terry Pratchett?!

  7. Fun picks! I adore "Earnest" as a movie (never read a play) and think "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" sounds hilarious. Gotta' love a book with that title. ;)

    Also, I have a friend who loves Terry Pratchett books. The ITV adaptation was quite funny so I'm sure his books are fab. :)

  8. Alice in Wonderland, why didn't that occur to me! That's a great pick for this week. Great list!

  9. I love this list! :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

  10. Mo Willems always makes me laugh. My daughter always picks his books to read. She likes to read them out loud and chuckle to herself. :) Great choices.
    My TTT: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/04/19/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-that-will-make-you-laugh-or-at-least-chuckle/

  11. Ohhh! Some of my all-time favorites are on this list! If you haven't read The Rosie Project, I found that to be very funny. Loved The Uncommon Reader, and I STILL quote a line from a Little Bear book and I think it may be the one you have on your list. "I did say MAYBE."

  12. I, too, take life too seriously which means I should have used this week's TTT as an oppotunity to really stretch back and make an exhaustive list of oboks one could read it they really needed a lift. Thanks for your fun and odd list. Lonesome Dove? Is it really funny?

  13. I've only read a couple of these, so I'll definitely need to check some of them out. Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my TTT earlier.


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