Funny books for kids
The sweet sound of children's laughter more often than not means they're up to no good… but sometimes it simply means they've found a fabulously funny book to bury their noses in. To encourage the latter kind of laughter, here are some of the best funny books for older kids and younger kids
Funny books for older kids
The Bolds on Holiday by Julian Clary
An absolutely hilarious series from Julian Clary featuring The Bolds – a family of hyenas living disguised as humans in Teddington! It’s the summer holidays and Britain's wildest, hairiest family are going camping by the sea. But it’s not long before trouble sniffs them out, and one of them goes missing. A very funny rescue mission ensues.
What Mumsnetters think of The Bolds:
“It was a great summer read! Truly hilarious I am told, very imaginative and kept my eight- and ten-year-old sons intrigued right until the end”
“It was fab to read aloud to my four- and six-year-old kids – it just lends itself to reading in silly voices and the chapters were the perfect length. The kids found it funny too and it has started a great game where we try and guess what animal someone is when we first meet them. This has led to lots of giggles on public transport!”
Mr Gum by Andy Stanton
Mr Gum hates pretty much everything – kids, animals, fun, even corn on the cob. Andy Stanton's very amusing series, about an extraordinarily grumpy man and the mishaps he find himself in has had children and their parents laughing for more than a decade.
What Mumsnetters think of Mr Gum:
“My God they are great books! Off to get the rest of the series. Go forth and buy this series now. It is wonderful.”
“Mr Gum eats Rainbow Fairies for breakfast and puts ice cubes down Horrid Henry's girlie pants. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them one and all!”
Adolf Hitler, My Part in His Downfall by Spike Milligan
Much loved on Mumsnet for his funny poems for kids, Spike Milligan's war memoirs are just as hilarious and are perfect for getting older children through the early teen reading slump.
What Mumsnetters think of Spike Milligan's memoirs:
“Hysterically funny memoir of Milligan's army training at Bexhill in WW2. Followed by several sequels!”
“Spike Milligan's war memoir, Adolf Hitler, My Part in His Downfall and sequels are irresistibly funny.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley is the hilarious protagonist of this fantastic series which is now also a film. The easy-to-read comic-like diary format means that these books are very popular with reluctant readers and children getting into chapter books.
What Mumsnetters think of Wimpy Kid:
“My two LOVED Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it made them laugh and laugh. I didn't read to them – they chortled and read out to me!”
“Review from my nine-year-old son: the whole book is funny and brilliant. I like the bit where he loses his trousers in the swimming pool best!”
Funny books for younger kids
Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett
A very simple rhyming picture book for little'uns using only five words. The accompanying illustrations make this book a joy to read.
What Mumsnetters think of Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear:
“Emily Gravett books are very funny. Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear was the first book that made my son really laugh as a baby.”
“This is a gorgeous book, superbly illustrated, and gets an amazing amount into only five words. My son loves that he could 'read' it before he really knew the words”
The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch
What could be funnier than a cross little mole storming around with a pile of poo on his head trying to find out whodunnit?
What Mumsnetters think of the Little Mole:
“I bought this when my lot were little and gave it to my mum to read it to them for the first time. The hilarious, uncontrollable laughter coming out of their room was brilliant – and that was just my mum!”
“You can never outgrow moles with poo on their head, according to my husband.”
Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
There comes an age where nothing is funnier than pants and toilets. Don't resist – let the kids loose on this modern classic which all ages adore for its fun rhymes and cheeky humour. If they really can't get enough, the fun continues with Dinosaurs, Monsters, Pirates and more!
What Mumsnetters think of Aliens Love Underpants:
“Just the word pants makes my two-and-a-half-year-old son laugh.”
“Gorgeous book with lots of lovely pictures. Just a little bit cheeky and very funny for both kids and adults.”
Claude by Alex T Smith
Perfect for children making the transition from picture books to chapter books and an excellent
and much more entertaining alternative to our adventurous friends, Biff, Chip and Kipper…
What Mumsnetters think of Claude:
“The first chapter book my daughter read was one of the Claude series by Alex T Smith. She loves them, really funny and not too wordy as the pictures take up most of the page.”
“The Claude books by Alex T Smith are brilliant. They're about a little dog who goes off on adventures and they're very funny for kids and adults.”
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