“What has to broken before you can use it?”
Humour makes the world go round! After all, laughter is apparently the best medicine. Most people love a bit of humour and jokes, especially kids, and joke book are an excellent way, and one of the best-kept secrets, to help reluctant readers to read (and a great way for kids to keep picking up a book). This is partly due to the content and partly due to the short snippets and the ability to just dip in and out, not reading of long passages or structured reading.
Carole P. Roman is a very prolific award-winning children’s author, writing books on fact and fiction, and over the years we have loved reading the Captain No Beard adventures and the If You Were Me and Lived In… series (among her other books), so were absolutely delighted to receive her latest book – The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ jokes for kids.
The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids is a 150 page book packed with all sorts of jokes, riddles and tongue-twisters. The book is broken up into 7 parts:
- Ha! Q&A
- Knock, Knock
- Tongue Twisters
- Wait For It …
- Your Turn
Packed with over 800 humorous pieces of text, there is something to amuse everybody, young or old, who doesn’t like a Knock, Knock joke? The tongue-twisters were the favourite part for the adults in our house and the riddles being the favourite part for our 10-year-old reader. But my personal favourite is the puns as it is an excellent play on words that will get people thinking.
“No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery”
The humour included is very inclusive, inoffensive and family-friendly and each section comes with a short introduction.
The book is also littered with silly stats that our young reader loved, she loves facts (especially as easy to read and digest) – did you know that a bunch of bananas are called a hand?
And for all the little jokers and comedians out there, section 7 (Your Turn) is space for children to create their own jokes with little tips on how do so.
Overall, our young reader is really enjoying this book (and the adults are having fun practising tongue-twisters – unsuccessfully). She dips in and out and the laughter is great, although some of the jokes really make you groan in that funny way only kids jokes can manage.
A really fun book, and an excellent way to encourage reading – a winner in my book (no pun intended).
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.