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Any recommendations for books for children aged 9-12 that are funny?

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sinkingfast · 31/08/2008 13:54

DS is not keen on adventure/fantasy/wizards etc - "I like books that make me laugh". He's a pretty competent reader.


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mumonthenet · 31/08/2008 16:28

Roald Dahl, if he has a whacky sense of humour, - my DD loved these.

sinkingfast · 31/08/2008 16:35

Yes, he loves Roald Dahl and I think has read all of his books. He also loves:

Horrid Henry
Captain Underpants
Jeremy Strong

but has outgrown these and is looking for something a bit "meatier" - Harry Potter type level but funny IYKWIM.

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mumonthenet · 31/08/2008 16:40

oh, not sure then,

dd is now reading some of the jaqueline wilson stuff, not a very high level but as she's educated in Portuguese I'm happy as long as she's reading in English.

Will have a look at what's lying around her bedroom but suspect your ds needs something a bit more challenging.

sinkingfast · 31/08/2008 19:52

I think he might draw the line at Jacqueline Wilson .

V impressed at your bilingual dd!

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StellaDallas · 31/08/2008 19:53

Grk is supposed to be good.

Fennel · 31/08/2008 19:54

Terry Pratchett? It's wizards etc but more humour than magic.

smartiejake · 31/08/2008 20:08

There is a brilliant kids author Called Michael Lawrence who writes very funny books for good readers from about 10 up.

"The Snottle" (about a snot like creature found in a dump)

"Nudey Doodie" (ABout a boy who keeps finding himself without any clothes on)

"The Toilet of doom" and "The killer underpants" I haven't read but my daughter and my nephew thought they were hilarious.

There are others but you would need to go on amazon to find them.

sinkingfast · 31/08/2008 20:31


Will check out Michael Lawrence and Terry Pratchett, thank you - admit I had discounted TP because I thought he wrote fantasy type books but will take another look.

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Takver · 31/08/2008 20:57

What about Helen Cresswell - Ordinary Jack, Bagthorpes Unlimited, lots of others. Used to make me laugh when I was a kid

Takver · 31/08/2008 20:59

And maybe too young (is your DS 9 or 12?), but Professor Branestawm, also the Dribblesome Teapots (by Norman Hunter as well) still makes me LOL even now.

janeite · 31/08/2008 21:00

This is really funny; he's written another one called "Millions" which is also good.

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Takver · 31/08/2008 21:04

Ah, and I know it is both adventure and fantasy, but . . . has your ds tried the How to Train your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell - very, very funny IMO

Marina · 31/08/2008 21:05

I just asked ds and he said Grk and Clarice Bean. He also said Buster Baylis but admits that this is an easy read for book fans at this age.
If your ds is a good reader he might be ready for some vintage comedy. Ds adores Jennings, Just William and Molesworth, all full of puns and silliness.
He also liked Five Children and It recently although had to be persuaded to get started.
He also says that although Percy Jackson is adventure/fantasy, it is very witty and amusing.

janeite · 31/08/2008 21:09

DD2 (11) loves those Cressida Cowell books too but I must admit, I think they are a bit "young" for her now.

"Superfudge" by Judy Blume is obviously very American and has dated a bit but it still makes me laugh. "Holes" is great but for the higher end of your age spectrum think. There is a fab film version of it too.

janeite · 31/08/2008 21:12

This is fun, if he can be persuaded that it's funny even though it is fantasy-ish Philip Pullman


sinkingfast · 31/08/2008 21:15

Oh these are all great suggestions, thank you. We've just started "My Family and Other Animals" and I'm pleased to report it's making ds chuckle as much as me

Will check out all the others now

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mumonthenet · 31/08/2008 22:46

what's "Jammy Dodgers go Underground" like? DD was given this second hand...she's so keen on reading this'll be the next one. English books pretty limited out here.

seeker · 31/08/2008 22:51

Cressida Cowell is very funny - we all like them and quote them at each other all the time (me, dp and dd12 and ds7)

The Land Of Green Ginger by Noel Langley

Winnie the Pooh

The Little Darlings by Sam Llewellyn

Professor Branestawm.

Roald Dalh

PG Wodehouse (yes, really. Dd loves the Jeeves and Wooster books. Helps to watch them on tv first)

sinkingfast · 01/09/2008 10:41

Thanks seeker

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StellaDallas · 01/09/2008 17:07

Probably out of print, but Abebooks are bound to have copies of Jennings, which he might well find funny.

Marina · 01/09/2008 20:20

Jennings has been reprinted by a small publishing house Stella, House of Stratos or something similar. You can get them via Amazon although it tends not to be a quick turnaround.

StellaDallas · 01/09/2008 20:22

Oh thanks Marina. I didn't know that.

sinkingfast · 02/09/2008 09:34

Oh I loved Jennings

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