We all need to laugh, it’s my middle name, or at least it’s in the middle of my last name which is sort of the same – right? Anyway, I’ve made a list of rib ticklers, elbow gigglers and spine chucklers that’ll hopefully give you a laugh or two. This list of is made up of books that made me smile as a kid and ones that I have read over the years to my children that have had us lol-ing and indeed rofl-ing like loons. So put your big clown shoes on, make sure your red nose is attached and get your custard pies at the ready… ahem… in no particular order.
My top 10 hilarious books
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It’s great to see an adult author stop messing around with grown-up fiction and write a real book for a change. This is great favourite in my house. One man’s dream to be the world’s greatest inventor, it’s got everything: intrigue, dastardly plans and exploding bottoms.
This was one of my son’s favourites. He polished this one off in one sitting, to the point I had to ask him what it was that was so interesting. His answer involved a blow-by-blow account of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. This is a great book to get kids laughing and reading about history. Speaking of which…
It’s hard to pick one book from this vast catalogue of books and so I’m not going to, so there *sticks tongue out*. History is a veritable buffet of adventure, laughs and ‘what the heck!’, and with this series you can go anywhere, from the First World War to the Tudors. There is something for everyone. Funny, interesting and full of facts. Perfect!
This incredible series has is jam packed with chuckles. Easy to read, full of jokes that work for kids and grown-up too, plus throw in the fact that Jim Smith draws all the drawing too and what have you got? My arch nemesis, no, sorry, I mean a brilliant collection books! Sorry, I always get those two mixed up.
Wait, does this count as a book, or is it a comic? You get comic books, but are they real books? Well, frankly I don’t care, I loved the Beano as a child and as I haven’t really grown up, I still do. My kids do too. It’s naughty, funny, and brilliantly drawn. Great for those who like their funnies in bite-size form.
Now, what are you still doing looking at this – don’t you have some reading to be getting on with?!
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Books by Tom McLaughlin
Jasper Spam’s science experiments usually tend to end in a BANG, until one day he quite accidentally manages to invent something that will change the world forever.
A poorly aimed laser beam results in Jasper’s cat Rover, becoming the world’s first talking cat, and soon people are handing over all of their cash to get one for themselves. With his new-found wealth Jasper can finally live the life he’s always dreamed of. But there is a huge price to pay for bringing talking cats to the world, and money won’t solve the problem…
When Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country, the video goes viral and Joe’s speech becomes famous all over the world! Before long, people are calling for the current leader to resign and give someone else a go . . . and that’s how an ordinary boy like Joe ended up with the most extraordinary job. Now the fun can really start. A hilarious story of one boy’s meteoric rise to power!
The secret service makes a major mix up when they mistake 13-year-old school boy Kevin for a secret agent. (So much for an ‘intelligence’ agency)! Kevin’s the kind of kid who would zip wire across a building and end up head first in a fountain with his bum on show. Exactly not the kind of kid that you would want having access to James Bond-style spy gadgets. Yet it’s down to Kevin to save us all from an evil supervillain. Schoolboy turns secret agent in this hilarious spy spoof!