What's So Funny? Humor for the Middle School Library

by Jennifer Tazerouti

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Books that entertain and amuse readers by attempting to make them laugh are classified as humor. Books in this genre often employ sarcasm, satire, exaggeration, and references to bodily excretions or potty humor.

The Books

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Must Have Titles

Picture Books & Poetry

Frankenstein Takes the Cake and Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

Narrative Fiction
//Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series// by Jeff Kinney
Big Nate Series by Lincoln Pierce
Dork Diaries Series by Rachel Renee Russell
Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
//Origami Yoda// series by Tom Angleberger
//Dear Dumb Diary// series by Jim Benton
//Middle School// series by James Patterson
//Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder// by Jo Nesbo
//The Princess Diaries// by Meg Cabot
//The Princess Bride// by William Goldman
Schooled, Gordon Korman
Liar, Liar, Gary Paulsen
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Odd Squad by Michael Fry
Charlie Jo Jackson Series by Tommy Greenwald
Vordak the Incomprehensible series
The Creature from My Closet by Obert Skye
Planet Tad by Tim Carvell
I Funny by James Patterson
All the Wrong Questions, Lemony Snicket
The Hero's Guide Saga by Christopher Healy
Guys Read: Funny Business


Assorted Joke and Prank Books

Klutz: Rule the World: Shortcuts, Tricks and Tips for Total World Domination--- Also, Encyclopedia of Immaturity and Klutz Book of Inventions

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
National Geographic Wierd But True
Would You Rather Series

New Titles

I Even Funnier by James Patterson December release
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
The Surprise Attach of Jabba the Puppet by Tom Angleberber
Bad Unicorn by Platte F. Clark
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Odd Squad Zero Tolerance by Michael Fry
Charlie Jo Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald
I Represent Sean Rosen by Jeff Barron
Vordak the Incomprehensible: Time Travel Trouble
Pinocula: The Creature from My Closet by Obert Skye
The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff
Otis Dooda: Strange But True by Ellen Potter
Zits: Chillax by Jerry Scott
Jack Strong Takes a Stand by Tommy Greenwald
The Awesome Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz by Alan Silberberg
What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark
All the Wrong Questions: When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket
Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
45 Pounds More or Less by Kelly Barson
Pickle by Kim Baker

Ideas for Promoting this Genre

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Online Resources for this Genre
SLJ Focus On Humor That is Seriously Funny
Nerdy Book Club: Top Ten Middle Grade Read Alouds That Will Have Kids Rolling on the Floor Laughing
YALSA, The Hub Gere Guide: Young Adult Humor
YALSA, The Hub. Where Has All the Humor Gone in YA Books?
Goodreads - Popular Middle Grade Humor Books
Ms. Yingling Reads. Humorous
David Lubar's Humor Page
Guys Read: Funny

Book Trailers

Dead End in Norvelt - Gothic Humor
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Who Could That Be at this Hour?
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President