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
If you like corny jokes, puns, riddles, tongue twisters, and silly definitions, then this collection is just right for you. All of the humor involves animals and it is separated into sections such as At Home, At the Zoo, Underwater, On the Farm, and so forth. Here are a few examples of definitions "Camelot--A place where they sell used camels; Sandbank--A place where fish keep their money." What is required of course is to know what Camelot really was and what a sandbar is. Riddles include "What marine animal goes well with peanut butter in your sandwich? A jellyfish!" and "Why was the chicken farmer at the basketball game? He was looking for fowls." Once again a reader has to be smart enough to know what a marine animal is and that a jellyfish is indeed one of them and that foul and fowl are homonyms. As for tongue twisters how about the following: "Sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack, Sheep should sleep in a shed" or "If a dog chews shoes, what shoes should he choose to chew?" All of these riddles and jokes require language skills and teachers might use them to good advantage by posting one a day in the classroom. Not only would kids be challenged to understand it, but they could also be asked to come up with their own joke or riddle. The closing page contains suggestions and also tells kids how to submit their own jokes for future books or to be posted on the publisher's web site.
Children's Literature Review