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Funniest books for 8 years olds

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Bonsoir Fri 12-Oct-12 10:16:41

DD (nearly 8) has just read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to herself - she didn't know the story previously and it was a huge pleasure to hear her giggling to herself as she read it and to listen to her recount the next day.

She said to me this morning that she wanted to read more funny books. What are the funniest books for her age group/reading level?

seeker Fri 12-Oct-12 10:18:05

Mr Gum.

Bonsoir Fri 12-Oct-12 10:25:21


wordfactory Fri 12-Oct-12 11:47:57

Some of these might be a little young ( I can't remember the actual age grouping IYSWIM) - but still well worth reading if she hasn't already.

The Legend of Spud Murphy - Eoin Colfer.
The Giants and the Joneses - Julia Donaldson.
Princess Mirror-Belle - Julia Donaldson
The Werepuppy - Jacqueline Wilson.
Nudie Dudie - Michael Lawrence.
The Karate Princess - Jeremy Strong.

wordfactory Fri 12-Oct-12 11:49:18

Oh and most definitely Chips Beans and Limousines by Leila Rashid.

Bonsoir Fri 12-Oct-12 11:52:44

Thank you smile. I'll look into all of these. It's not about moving her ahead in reading so much as making sure she is really enjoying herself!

wearingpurple Fri 12-Oct-12 11:54:17

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the sequel to C&TCF made me laugh at that age - especially the Vermicious Knids.

Bonsoir Fri 12-Oct-12 12:01:51

OK - they are all in my Amazon basket. Any more?

wordfactory Fri 12-Oct-12 12:14:20

Dial A Ghost by Eva Ibbotson.
Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (this won the Smarties Gold Award).

The Land of Green Ginger, by Noel Langley. It's a sequel to the Aladdin story - Aladdin is grown up, married and his son, Abu Ali, is born. The main part of the story is Abu Ali's quest to win the hand of Princess Silver Bud in marriage - but the story is complicated by the presence of a flying garden, created by a magician who has accidentally turned himself into a button nosed tortoise (and who is therefore unable to steer said flying back garden), together with two incompetant villains called RubDubBenThud and TinTackPingFu, and a donkey who sits on a pin.

Bonsoir Fri 12-Oct-12 13:05:05

You're a star smile

Bonsoir Fri 12-Oct-12 13:05:28

(that was to wordfactory - x posts)

seeker Fri 12-Oct-12 13:07:11

First time I've come across anyone outside our family that know about the Land of Green Ginger! My brothers and I communicate largely in quotations from it........

Pi R squared sideways,
The cube root of zero,
Manganese potash and mushrooms on toast.
Leaf of the lily and I, Abu Ali,
Turn you back into the man you miss most!

Like a bullet from a gun, like an arrow from a bow - like a donkey that has just sat on a pin...!

seeker Fri 12-Oct-12 14:54:19

I've known mice who kept their place and mice who didn't, but the mice I've liked least are the mice that think they are ever so bright and witty"


Startailoforangeandgold Fri 12-Oct-12 15:24:36

The trouble with Daisy

MaeMobley Fri 12-Oct-12 15:57:16

I loved the Land of Green Ginger!!!

Leeds2 Fri 12-Oct-12 21:01:02

Anything by Jeremy Strong is funny, and appropriate to that age group.

Urgum the Axeman series, by Kjartan Poskitt.

There is also a recently published first book in a series by Odin Redbeard (yes!) about Vikings. Can't remember the name of the book though.

lljkk Sat 13-Oct-12 22:36:39

I do so love Jeremy Strong.
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson, had my 12yo DS in stitches.

Harryc Mon 29-Oct-12 13:56:05

Friesops Fables is now a firm bedtime favourite in my house. Beautifully ‘drawn’ both in words and pictures. One of the stories is an analogy of a business panda seeking to ‘corner the market’ in bamboo, comparing him to the power hungry, wealth obsessed, businessmen we are all too familiar with. Very relevant to today’s world.

TheDeathAndGories Wed 31-Oct-12 12:52:42

I've just ordered the land if green ginger for my ds2. I had forgotten about it til now

I'm rather excited to red it again

PestoPumpkinissimos Wed 31-Oct-12 12:57:49

Our dds loved the Flat Stanley books at about that age.

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