Friday, March 4, 2011

The Library Corner

So, I've been a bit of a slacker on these and I meant to write about this two weeks ago... I swear.

Let's take a short moment of personal time. . . I've been teaching parent tech classes twice a week which means I'm not home until 8 pm those nights. My husband lost his job and it's put both of us in a funk that is hard to deal with. But some good news has cropped up!

It's official, our school is getting a Technology Teacher for next year which will alleviate me to do more with library lessons and the library in general. So, I'm really excited about that.

Okay, so done with the serious. Kids want funny books. Funny and scary books, not sure what it is with that mix, but hey, they LOVE that. So, here's some good humorous book series that will get your kids laughing and enjoying reading.

Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things.

But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome.

Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what.

He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

NERDS by Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley is at his comic best in this madcap new series sure to appeal to kids looking for a quick, exciting read.

Combining all the excitement of international espionage and all the awkwardness of elementary school, NERDS, featuring a group of unpopular students who run a spy network from inside their school, hits the mark. With the help of cutting-edge science, their nerdy qualities are enhanced and transformed into incredible abilities! They battle the Hyena, a former junior beauty pageant contestant turned assassin, and an array of James Bond–style villains, each with an evil plan more diabolical and more ridiculous than the last.

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

Stink by Megan McDonald

Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink, and it's always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Then, one day, the ruler reads - can it be? - three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking?

In Stink's first solo adventure, his style comes through loud and strong - enhanced by a series of comic strips, drawn by Stink himself, which are sprinkled throughout the book. These very funny, homespun sagas reflect the familiar voice of a kid who pictures himself with super powers to deal with the travails of everyday life - including the occasional teasing of a bossy big sister!

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

When naughty George and Harold hypnotize their headteacher, they accidentally create the greatest superhero in the history of their school - Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret that even he doesn't know who he is...but he's fighting for truth, justice, and all things pre-shrunk and cottony!! If you're a naughty villain like the diabolical Dr Diaper, watch out! Captain Underpants has wedgie-power on his side, and he's coming your way.

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Something weird is going on.

Miss Daisy, who teaches second grade, doesn't know how to add or subtract. Not only that, she doesn’t know how to read or write either. She is the dumbest teacher in the history of the world!

Fat Camp Commandos by Daniel Pinkwater

Fed up with the systematic jeering and abuse at Camp Noo Yoo, Ralph and Sylvia Nebula and their friend Mavis Goldfarb hop a bus back to Pokooksie. There they seek revenge! Revenge on their parents. Revenge on Dr. Frizzbender, founder of Anti-Fat Day. And revenge on Richard Dick Tator, the overweight and overbearing owner of Camp Noo Yoo.

Ghost Detectors by Dotti Enderle

Malcolm and Dandy may only be 10-year-old boys, but they've already experienced something most adults never do--a ghost! Malcolm's Ecto-Handheld-Automatic-Heat-Sensitive-Laser-Enhanced Specter Detector did its job at the McBleaky house. Malcolm is hoping his next gadget, the Ecto-Handheld-Automatic-Heat-Sensitive-Laser-Enchanced Ghost Zapper, will work on the ghost haunting the Millers' house!

Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Wiley and Grampa's Creature Features by Kirk Scroggs

Thrills! Chills! Monster trucks! Hot sauce from hell! Here's a hoot-aloud, laugh-a-page early chapter book series that will have kids howling for more. After all, who can resist a goofy Grampa-an eight-year-old in an eighty-year-old's body-who takes his grandson to a monster truckshow in the middle of an R5 tornado? It's there that Grampa and Wiley meet Colonel Dracula, whose primo vampire truck turns out to feed on some pretty sinister "gas". With nonstop humor and absurd adventure (did we mention the giant mechanical lobsters?), here's a treat that will turn reluctant readers into ravenous readers!

Down Girl and Sit by Lucy Nolan


Down Girl and Sit are two dogs who are "smarter than squirrels." They know how to protect their masters from all the things that can go wrong in the neighborhood: they bark at paperboys and guard the garbage cans, and keep mischievous squirrels at bay. But when Here Kitty Kitty moves in next door, their daily routines are turned topsy-turvy. Filled with humor and adventure, this illustrated chapter book takes a look at life in the backyard from the well-intentioned but misguided viewpoint of man's best friend.

What else do these books have in common? They're great for boys! My girls seem to read anything but my boys sometimes struggle to find a series they really like. Those are some of the ones they love.

Also, I didn't include any graphic novels, but most of those are humorous and I already talked about those earlier on. :-D

Anything you'd add to this list?

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  1. Hope things continue on the upswing. It is hard to concentrate on books when upheaval is all around. Will be thinking good thoughts for you!

  2. This list is great! I'm always trying to find new books for my son who loves humorous stories. He's read a few of these but I'll definitely check out some of the others!


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