Manchester, Connecticut

Funny Fiction

Picture Books (JJ)
  • Alborough, Jez. Fix it Duck. (Activities JJ Alborough)
    • Duck's attempts to deal with various minor disasters only lead to more problems.
  • Auch, Mary Jane and Herm. Beauty and the Beaks: a turkey's cautionary tale. (JJ Auch)
    • When Lance, a very pretentious turkey, arrives on the farm and boasts that he is the only bird invited to a special feast, no hen is impressed, but when Beauty learns that Lance in the main course, she convinces the others to save him.
  • Noble, Trinka Hakes. The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash. (JJ Noble)
    • Jimmy's pet boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to the farm.
  • Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. (JJ Shannon)
    • A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
  • Small, Davis. Imogene's Antlers. (Make Believe JJ Small)
    • One Thursday Imogene wakes up with a pair of antlers growing out of her head and causes a sensation wherever she goes.

Beginning Readers (JJE)

  • Parish, Peggy. Teach us Amelia Bedelia.* (JJE Parish)
    • The very literal minded Amelia Bedelia becomes a substitute teacher for a day.

Early Chapter Books (JE)

  • Cameron, Ann. Stories Julian Tells. (JE Cameron)
    • Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson Fights Crime.* (JE DiCamillo)
    • Mercy the pig's love of buttered toast leads to the capture of a small thief who would rather be a cowboy.

Junior Fiction (J)

  • Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice. (J Blume)
    • Andrew wants freckles more than anything else, so Sharon offers to sell him her secret freckle recipe. When Andrew turns green and blue from the brew, it's doubtful he'll ever wish for freckles again.
  • Blume, Judy. Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing.* (J Blume)
    • Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
  • Brand, Christinna. Nanny McPhee: the collected tales of Nurse Matilda. (J Brand)
    • The incorrigible Brown children, who devour nannies, nurse-maids, and governesses, finally meet their match.
  • Colfer, Eoin. The Legend of Spud Murphy.* (J Colfer)
    • The name Spud Murphy strikes fear into the hearts of children everywhere. Grown-ups think she's a kindly old librarian, but kids know the truth. They've heard all about the gas-powered spud gun she keeps hidden under her desk -- make so much as a sound in Spud's library, and you could get spudded with soggy potatoes. Laugh out loud, and you may never be seen again.
  • Gifford, Peggy Elizabeth. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little.* (J Gifford)
    • With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.
  • Gilbreth, Frank B. Cheaper by the Dozen. (J Gilbreth)
    • What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father -- a famous efficiency expert -- who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in "Cheaper by the Dozen,"
  • MacDonald, Betty Bard. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.* (J MacDonald)
    • From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.
  • Peck, Richard. A Long Way From Chicago. (J Peck)
    • What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice--two city slickers from Chicago--make their annual summer visit to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? In the tradition of American humorists Mark Twain and Flannery O'Connor, Richard Peck has created this memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining.
  • Peck, Richard. The Teacher’s Funeral. (J Peck)
    • In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."
  • Robinson, Barbara. Best Christmas Pageant Ever. (J Robinson)
    • The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.
  • Rogers, Mary. Freaky Friday. (J Rogers)
    • Annabel Andrews thinks she has a tough life. She's got an annoying little brother named Ben (better known as Ape Face), her mom is always after her to clean up her room, and Boris, the boy who lives upstairs, doesn't like her a bit. Annabel wishes she had her mother's much easier life--and one freaky, and hilarious, Friday, she gets it. She learns how difficult life can be when the laundry spins out of control, she sits in on a horrendous parent/teacher conference--about herself-- and to cap it all, she loses Ape Face.
  • Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms. (J Rockwell)
    • Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.
  • Sachar, Louis. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. (J Sachar)
    • Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
  • Sachar, Louis. Holes. (J Sachar)
    • As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
  • Smith, Robert. Chocolate Fever. (J Smith)
    • Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day-it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him. First he makes medical history with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. Then he finds himself caught up in a wild and hilarious chase, climaxed by a very unusual hijacking!

* This book is part of a series. Look for other books by the same author.