8 brilliantly funny books for all ages

Book Adventurers | Published: 5th October 2021

These are the 8 books you need which will ensure you are the funniest grown-up ever, in your child's life.

Funny books are fantastic to invest your time in on a rainy day or a foggy night! Because, sharing a laugh and a giggle with your child really is priceless. So, without further ado, we give you 8 books that bring an extremely silly amount of fun and daftness with rib-tickling tales of bad pandas, magic chickens and, um…Bernard – to name just a few of our cast of comical characters.

Most of these books are written especially to be read-aloud to your small children too, so warm up those vocal chords, and prepare to be transformed into someone terribly, terribly funny.

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10 Silly Children

Author: Jon Lander
Age suitability: 0-5 years

Tempting though it is to try to sum this book up in a nutshell, after thoroughly enjoying its clever and very funny lift-the-flap pages, we can’t do better than the official description: “This book has been specially designed for parents to read to their children so that they may learn how to sit quietly, eat their peas and respect their elders. The previous statement was a lie”. Buy this. Your children will adore it, and you.

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Gladys the Magic Chicken

Author: Adam Rubin
Illustrator: Adam Rex
Age suitability: 3-7 years

From the U.S and written by the mega-bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos and the equally bestselling illustrator of The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, comes the extraordinary story of Gladys, a chicken going about her chicken-y duties in ancient times (which looks a lot like ancient Greece).

The thing about Gladys is that she must be a magic chicken because wherever she goes, and whoever she meets, she seems to make magical things happen.

Great for history fans and all of us who love the magic of everyday things. And chickens.

Out Oct 21st, available to pre-order

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We're Going To Find The Monster

Author: Malorie Blackman
Illustrator: Dapo Adeola
Age suitability: 2-5 years

Author and former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman will be a very familiar and popular name to thousands of teens with her thrilling and gritty YA novels.

This is geared very much to the very young children market and is a brilliantly illustrated odyssey of a how daring young duo stuck at home (and probably a little bit bored) go to ‘find the monster’.

Celebratory and joyful, its both a great read-aloud and a really good reminder of how powerful a child’s imagination can be.

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Bob, Not Bob!

Author: Audrey Vernick, Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Age suitability: 4-8 years

Poor little Louie is stuck in bed with a cold and all he wants is mum to come and look after him. Unfortunately every time he tries to call her – Bob the dog comes running!

With the amount of sniffles and colds going around at the moment, this book will go down a storm with your child. It should be read aloud with (or pretending to have) a blocked up nose. Why not go the whole hog and read this in bed with a warm drink, a hot water bottle and some cuddly offspring?


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The Book with No Pictures

Author: B.J.Novak
Age suitability: 3-5 years

“Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud.” And so begins a very silly and very funny book designed to make your grown-up look and sound quite ridiculous. Guaranteed to have your child rolling on the floor. Warning: if you don’t want to say the following out loud, this one is not for you.
“My only friend in the whole wide world world is a hippo called BOO BOO BUTT”.

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Not now Bernard

Author: David McKee
Age suitability: 3-5 years

This comes within the “oldie but goodie” bracket and has been previously cited as a favourite funny kid’s book by no less than Michael Rosen.

Not Now Bernard still stands up brilliantly to a modern reading, if anything it’s more true today than ever with parents endlessly distracted and lured away from their adored offspring. Warning – there is a monster in the back garden – Bernard told us.

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Please Baby Please

Author: Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee
Ilustrator: Kadir Nelson
Age suitability: 2-5 years

A deceptively simple book that your toddler will want you to read over and over again. Less laugh out loud, it’s a funny, warm and sweet look at life when you’re that small. It’s also written by that cinematic giant, Spike Lee.


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Bad Panda

Author: Swapna Haddow
Illustrated by: Sheena Dempsey
Age suitability: 8 - 12 years

Bad Panda

By Swapna Haddow
illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Kent)

Age 8-12
From the team that brought us the Dave Pigeon series (wait! You don’t know Pigeonese? Where have you been?). This is the story of a cute and cuddly panda who doesn’t like being cute and cuddly. A very clever tale that manages to be very funny as well as sharing the all-important message that being yourself is frankly, awesome.

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