5 Hilarious and Funny Books Your Kids Will Love
Do you ever approach the shelves of your local library or bookstore, tracing your fingers across the many best-selling, award-winning, and thought-provoking spines and realize that all you really want is a book that will make you laugh? Yes indeed, there are times for epic quests, spiritual growth, and saving the world, but there are also those moments when laughter absolutely is the very best medicine of all. Here are some of our family’s favorite funny reads. Enjoy!
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
I stumbled upon this gem in the library and my youngest (then age 10) not only devoured book one and two, but has been relentlessly begging for book three. The author takes everything fun about the traditional Gothic mystery and turns it on its head with hilarious results. Does a Gothic mystery need a creepy old house? She provides a creepy old Insane Asylum with the dubious name of “Saint Agony’s Asylum for the Deranged, Despotic, Demented, and Otherwise Undesirable (That is to Say, Criminally Insane.)” Does a Gothic mystery need a tragic hero or heroine? Our heroine, Anastasia, is not only swiftly made an orphan through a tragic vacuuming accident, but she must struggle with a tendency toward “tragic flatulence” as well. Should a Gothic mystery have some creepy character lurking in the gloom of a dark and stormy night? Well there are creepy characters galore, from two strange little old ladies who insist on feeding questionable peppermints to unwilling children to an insane gardener with an antique Victorian birdcage on his head who bites! This charming middle grade novel boldly mocks every conceivable Gothic mystery trope and gallops readers into a spooky, fun, and hilarious adventure all at the same time. It is a bit creepy (yes, there are leaches), but is clearly written for children ages 9-12 who enjoy a little shiver crawling up their spine right before burst out laughing.
A Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Why is it that in the songs and fairytales, the prince is always referred to as “Prince Charming?” What are the odds of their having been four “Prince Charmings” running about saving princesses from towers, evil step-mothers, and enchanted sleep? Well, the bards in charge of putting these events to song simply got lazy and figured that no one really cared about the prince anyway, so why bother to remember their names. Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav care and they set out to make their stories known and save each of their perspective kingdoms from a great evil … even if that great evil is in fact one of the princesses. What, you’ve never read a fairytale where the hero is afraid of lint? Well, now is the time to start because this is a hilarious book full of fun and adventure and a fair number of amazing princesses as well as one or two “Prince Charmings” who are determined to set the story straight.
Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten White
You know a story is funny when your kids keep insisting on reading you quotes out loud, accompanied with so much laughter that you really can’t hear the quotes that they are attempting to read. That is how I ended up reading, Beanstalker for myself. This one was discovered by one of my boys at the library and ended up being enjoyed by one and all. Now, there is a bit of potty humor (Put a pee under the princess’ mattress, right?) and some spooky moments (Why is Snow White so very very pale with such an unladylike thirst for blood?) but all is told in a charming middle grade voice that didn’t keep any of us awake at night worrying about porridge zombies or Goldilocks attacking with her terrible and terrifying locks of gold. The author weaves much spelling and grammar humor into the story as well and the results are delightful for readers age 9-12 and beyond.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Our family reads this book every year at Christmastime and although it is an older book, it is no less funny. The town’s family of unrepentant bullies are just too awful to be real. They try to squash each other in the garage door, walk their not-even-partially-tame cat on a chain about town, and blackmail any kid who has something they want. The scene where the “kitty” is brought to school, rampages, and eats all the pet goldfish while the teacher is madly whacking at it with a broom all while huddling under her coat for protection, always makes us howl. The author has such beautiful comedic timing. But there are moments in this story that also make me weep for the pure beauty of God’s Christmas story, the story of beauty and rescue amidst all our anger and ugliness. This isn’t a preachy book at all and the kids are genuinely mean to each other, but the transformation from cruel to awestruck is brilliantly told without explaining or sermonizing. Funny and lovely, all at the same time.
Alcatraz Smedry vs. The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
My new favorite! On a quest to find the perfect audiobook for a six hour drive, my husband stumbled across this hilarious offering by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. Known for his massive and epic fantasy novels, the author takes a break from his normal offerings to pen this comedic masterpiece about a young boy with a magical talent from breaking things who must face off against an army of evil librarians intent on world domination … and organization, categorization, alphabetization, and so forth. Full of writer humor, self-depreciating references to his own award-winning novels for adults, (yes, he explains how they are only useful for whacking people over the head with, if only the main characters had one to use as a weapon) and quirky characters with talents for anything from dancing badly to being late, these books are incredibly fun and made our long car drive one to remember.
I’d Tell You That I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
This series was written with teen girls in mind, but that doesn’t mean that 12 and 10 year old boys won’t think they are hilarious. Mine do, and your kids might as well. Full of smart girls with tricky disguises, fun spy gear, and a nefarious plan to spy on boys (an age-old and noble cause) these books are super fun, intended for readers 13 and up … although I let my ten-year-old read it and he thought it was great.
How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Yes, I keep mentioning this book … but besides having dragons and bullies, it is also hilarious and should be placed upon this handy list as well.