Series: The Funny Zone
Copyright Year: 2008
Grade level: 2-4
Subject: Humor, Transportation
Lexile Level: TBD
Binding: Library Hardcover
Primary BISAC: JNF028020
Secondary BISAC: HUM004000
Both teachers and students will enjoy these books. Each title contains jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, and wacky definitions. Classroom and science titles each have numerous jokes teachers can use in their lessons. Let's Go covers transportation funnies, and Let's Eat is funny and gross on the same page. Some jokes, though recycled, still make kids laugh. Each title includes suggestions for writing your own jokes and tongue twisters. Readers can even submit their own joke to the publisher's Web site, and it could be published! Amusing illustrations complement and provide visual explanation for some of the humor. These are perfect for a quick laugh, and telling to parents and friends. Recommended.
Library Media Connection, October 2008
"The "Funny Zone" series is a set of books filled cover to cover with hilarious jokes sure to appeal to young readers in second through fourth grade. In addition to the humor, all three books also have creative writing exercises designed to stimulate youthful imagination. Each book has a different theme: Animal Zone (9781599531397), History Zone (9781599531410), and Sports Zone (9781599531441). All three are delightfully amusing and make ideal gifts or rainy-day entertainment for children.
Midwest Book Review, June 2008
Finally, joke books with more to them than just the same old gags rehashed with new names and places (although there are some of those, too). They also teach children how to write rib-ticklers of their own. After several chapters of jokes, each one describes a specific type ("Daffynitions" in Classroom, tongue twisters in Let's Eat, riddles in Let's Go, and puns in Science) and how to write it. Readers are encouraged to brainstorm and to submit entries of their own to the publisher in hopes of having them posted on its Web site and perhaps included in a future book. Brightly colored, eye-catching cartoons complement the texts.
School Library Journal, July 2008