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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Humorous Novels for Youth
This year’s top 10 humor titles, reviewed in Booklist between February 15, 2015, and February 1, 2016, have something for everyone, from the jaded teen to the manic preschooler who loves fart jokes. Whatever the shape of your funny bone, get ready to laugh.
The Astounding Broccoli Boy. By Frank Cottrell Boyce. 2015. HarperCollins/Walden Pond, $16.99 (9780062400178). Gr. 4–7.
Rory and his gang have all mysteriously turned green. They must warn the world! First, though, they befriend a penguin; then they lead the police in a capricious chase.
The Great American Whatever. By Tim Federle. 2016. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481404099). Gr. 9–12.
Though the premise seems serious—16-year-old Quinn is struggling after the death of his sister—Federle keeps the story wry, whimsical, and unfailingly funny.
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible. By Ursula Vernon. Illus. by the author. 2015. Dial, $12.99 (9780803739833). Gr. 3–6.
Spunky, slightly bonkers Princess Harriet the hamster is cursed, but until her curse kicks in, she’s convinced she’s invincible. What an ideal time for some rascally adventures!
Lumberjanes, v.1. By Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis. Illus. by Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen. 2015. Boom! Studios, $14.99 (9781608866878). Gr. 6–9.
At a camp for “hard-core lady types,” the Lumberjanes embark on a manic cartoon adventure full of mystery-solving, bad-guy-bludgeoning fun.
Newt’s Emerald. By Garth Nix. 2015. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $18.99 (9780062360045). Gr. 8–11.
Part comedy of manners, part fantasy adventure, the story of Lady Truthful Newington and the stolen family emerald is full of witty rapport, mistaken identities, and lighthearted farce.
The Princess and the Pony. By Kate Beaton. Illus. by the author. 2015. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545637084). K–Gr. 2.
Princess Pinecone is a tiny warrior who wants a mighty steed. Instead, she gets a dopey, goggle-eyed, farting pony. Will her pudgy mount bring her victory? Spoiler: yes, adorably.
Pugs of the Frozen North. By Philip Reeve. Illus. by Sarah McIntyre. 2016. Random, $12.99 (9780385387965). Gr. 3–5.
Imagine it: 66 pugs in sweaters, pulling a dog sled. Add in a feisty pair of kid mushers, noodle-loving yetis, and a touching conclusion, and you’ve got a winning tale rich in humor and heart.
Rude Cakes. By Rowboat Watkins. Illus. by the author. 2015. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452138510). PreS–Gr. 1.
Some cakes have simply atrocious manners, and they get their comeuppance in an unexpected and absurdly hilarious fashion. Whimsical illustrations add to the glee.
Under a Pig Tree: A History of the Noble Fruit. By Margie Palatini. Illus. by Chuck Groenink. 2015. Abrams, $16.95 (9781419714887). K–Gr. 2.
The gag is tiny—a typo turns figs to pigs—but Palatini and Groenink take it to uproarious heights, thanks to over-the-top red-pencil scrawls and outlandish, deadpan illustrations.
Waylon! One Awesome Thing. By Sara Pennypacker. Illus. by Marla Frazee. 2016. Disney/Hyperion, $15.99 (9781484701522). Gr. 2–4.
Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and melt-your-heart tender, Pennypacker’s latest tells the story of Waylon, a quirky, science-obsessed boy who cleverly brings his fractured class back together.
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