A couple of years ago I wrote about some of my favorite funny books for kids (see What Tickles Your Funnybone).
One of my favorites, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, has since been made into an animated "major motion picture" called "Home," starring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Jim Parsons. So I was not the only one to think it was a great story! Though the powers-that-be in Hollywood changed the narrative so much that you should still read the book.
Now Adam Rex has penned a sequel, called Smek for President. What a joy it is to revisit the intergalactic friendship of Tip Tucci and her Boov sidekick J.Lo. This time the duo travel to the Boov colony on one of Saturn's moons to try to clear J.Lo's name. He is being blamed for the Boovs' exile from Earth, which as we know from the first book was not his fault. Things get really sticky when ambitious leader Smek, plotting to win the election by any means necessary, labels them as public enemies instead of giving them a hearing. Comic action and dialog ensue.
I started looking for other funny books for intermediate readers that came out recently. Here are a couple of contenders:
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly Burnham. As you might guess from the title, Teddy wants more than anything to get in the Guinness Book of World Records. A few obstacles stand in his way, such as his younger brother, aptly nicknamed The Destructor. Actually, his whole family is so zanily eccentric that Teddy ends up sleeping in a tent in the back yard to get some peace. It's not all bad. He ends up being friends with the Grumpy Pigeon Man next door and learning to truly appreciate the birds. Short, lively chapters broken up with well-labelled subheadings will appeal to readers who love Big Nate and Wimpy Kid.
Almost Super by Marion Jensen. Everyone in Rafter Bailey's family gets a superpower when they turn twelve. But something goes wrong for Rafter and his brother Benny. How are they supposed to battle their sworn enemies, the Johnsons, when all they can do, respectively, is light polyester on fire and turn bellybuttons from "innies" to "outies?" Yet they end up saving the day, when their plain old investigative skills lead them to the true arch-villains and persuade the grownups from both the Bailey and Johnson clans to call a truce. There is already a sequel, Searching for Super.
Have you read any funny kid's books lately? Add them to the comments below.