A perfectly funny book is a special treat. I feel like humor in books can be overdone so easily. The humor in The Screaming Staircase delighted me repeatedly, especially since parts of the book were so suspenseful. At one point in the story, I had the misfortune of trying to laugh and drink at the same time. (It did not go well. Plus since I was using earphones at the time, no one in the room even heard the joke.) In honor of taking a drink of milk right before the punch line, here are 10 hilarious books I’ve enjoyed:
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems is one of my favorite of the Elephant and Piggie books. When Snake asks to play ball with Elephant and Piggie, things get silly fast.
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle and Jeremy Tankard was a perfect pick for my 4-year-old. Not only does she love tigers, cheetahs, and bobcats, but she is currently afraid of everything. We both had a good laugh while we read it, which is my favorite. Sometimes when she gets laughing really hard, she snorts.
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel is a classic that I didn’t read until last year. If I had to pick a very favorite story from the Frog and Toad collection, it would be “Cookies.” The way Toad justifies sneaking just one more cookie is me every year with Thin Mints.
Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar was one of those books I could not wait to introduce to my second grader once he started reading on his own. As I hoped, he loved it. He kept running out of his room to tell me about the ridiculousness.
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale made the list because both my 7- and 4-year old think it is hilarious. Every time I catch them rereading the ending together and giggling, I love Shannon Hale even more than usual.
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Renninson is ridiculous. Something about Georgia’s world view makes me chuckle, though, when I am in the mood for complete fluff.
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman is one of the few books I read after seeing the movie. I was so worried about how the book would compare (since I grew up on the movie), that I almost didn’t read it. I am so glad I did. The book is equally wonderful, but in its own way. (Bonus if you like the movie: I’ve heard great things about As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a science fiction spoof that is also great science fiction. I won’t even try to describe it, so here is a taste: “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey is one of many, many autobiography/memoir/humor-type books by a funny person that could have made this list. Because the day that 30 Rock leaves Netflix will be the saddest day of my life, I chose Bossy Pants.
My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach is a collection of short, clean stories by Mary Roach that was originally published in Reader’s Digest. If you’ve been wanting to try something by Mary Roach (and I strongly recommend that you do), but you are worried about the length or language of her other books, here you go!