These Humorous Books for Kids Are All Good for a Giggle

Jill Holtz

July 11, 2020

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Does your child love reading a funny book? Do they enjoy laughing when they read with you or themselves? Children’s Books Ireland have published a list of humorous books for kids, full of works guaranteed to make your child laugh out loud.

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Does your child hoot when reading books by David Walliams? Do they chortle at the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney? Have they rolled around chuckling at Roald Dahl’s books?

Then they might enjoy some of these books chosen by Children’s Books Ireland for a new reading list called Funny Books. The new list covers a choice of humorous authors and their works, ideal for kids aged between 5 and 11.

We’ve picked out some crackers from their list and added links to The Book Depository where you can buy them, NB if you buy through our links we get a small commission.

These Humorous Books For Kids Are All Good for a Giggle

Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser by Sophy Henn

bad nana older not wiserJeanie’s Bad Nana is an absolute delight. Entirely filled with mischief and lemon sherbets, this twinkly-earring- and glittery-turban-wearing grande dame is not one
to be trifled with.

Whether dealing with power-mad park attendants or furious local historians, she always comes out on top.

Expressive use of fonts alongside witty illustrations in pink, black and white make this chapter book perfect for emerging readers.

While main characters are illustrated as white, classmates and community members of diverse ethnicities abound. A tremendously fun series!

Suitable for ages 5–8.

Buy Bad Nana

Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

dave pigeonFollow Dave Pigeon and his sidekick Skipper while they face their nemesis, Mean Cat. The two friends hatch various mad-cap plans to engineer his departure from the house of a kind Human Lady so they can take his place and live in biscuit-y nirvana.

The first in a series, this is a funny, quirky and fast-paced book, with a cliffhanger ending.

Sheena Dempsey’s illustrations really enliven the book and break up the text for less experience dreaders. A brilliant start to a fun series.

Suitables for ages 7–9.

Buy Dave Pigeon

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The Incredible Shrinking Girl by Lou Kuenzler

the incredible shrinking girlViolet Potts is a happy-go-lucky tomboy until one day, to her surprise, she shrinks to the size of a mouse.

She soon realises her new tiny size might have some advantages as she has a mystery to solve and her grandmother’s good name to clear.

The book is designed with different fonts and quirky illustrations that give a great liveliness to the text.

This is a fantastically funny story with great characters, especially fearless Violet.

Suitables for ages 7–9.

Buy The Incredible Shrinking Girl 

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Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger by David O’Doherty illustrated by Chris Judge

danger is everywhereDocter Noel Zone (that’s ‘Docter’, not ‘Doctor’) is the world’s first ‘Dangerologist’ and he wants to remove all danger from your life.

He does this by pointing out the mindboggling hazards involved in ordinary activities, including being kidnapped by a giant eagle or accidentally being baked in a casserole.

Filled with lots of utterly useless advice and daft illustrations, this is a ridiculous series with no educational value whatsoever.

May cause laughter. Use gloves and goggles when handling.

Suitable for ages 7–9.

Buy Danger is Everywhere 

Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill

darcy burdockDarcy Burdock is ten (almost eleven) – is one of life’s noticers. Curious, smart, funny
and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the
world around her.

She is best friend to Will, big sister to Poppy (who loves to dance) and Hector (who was more fun to dress up when he was a baby), owner of a pet lamb called Lamb-Beth, and possessor of a vivid imagination.

The text is liberally scattered with the stories and poems Darcy writes, which show wonderful imagination and are often very entertaining.

Great fun!

Suitable for ages 9–11.

Buy Darcy Burdock

Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans

who let the gods outElliot’s mother is developing dementia and their home is drowning in debt. When Virgo, the Zodiac goddess, crash lands in his shed, Elliot’s life gets even more chaotic.

After the pair accidentally release Thanatos, evil Daemon of Death, they turn to the Greek Olympians in the hope of saving both of their worlds.

This action-packed comic adventure is full of witty in-jokes, zany characters and clever reworkings of myth.

Evans skilfully combines realism and fantasy to offer a surprisingly fresh story.

Suitable for ages 9–11.

Buy Who Let The Gods Out 

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done by Stephan Pastis

timmy failureFresh off his initial bestselling book in this series, comic strip creator Stephan Pastis returns to Total Failure Inc, the world’s worst detective agency which is made up of Timmy, a kid with unwarranted confidence in his sleuthing skills, and Total, his possibly imaginary polar bear.

Their case: a school competition to find a missing globe, the prize: $500.

A very funny book and coupled with plenty of Pastis’s witty illustrations, it’s a delight to see Total Failure Inc reopen their doors.

Suitables for ages 9–11.

Buy Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done 

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

My Brother is a SuperheroBy chance, Zack is granted amazing, out of this dimension superpowers and Luke, his comic book fanatic brother, is not pleased he missed out due to an ill-timed trip to the bathroom.

However, they will need to work together to prevent the destruction of not one but TWO worlds.

This début novel is very funny with some impressively geeky references and works well as a loving spoof of superhero origin stories.

Combined with an exciting plot, the book is a marvel.

Suitable for ages 9–11.

Buy My Brother is a Superhero 

You can download the full reading list of Funny Books from Children’s Books Ireland here.

Have your say! Has your child enjoyed any of these humorous books for kids? Tell us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you. 

These Humorous Books For Kids Are All Good for a Giggle

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Published On: July 11th, 2020 / Categories: Entertainment / Last Updated: July 17th, 2021 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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