Okay, have you heard this one? So, Carmen Agra Deedy goes into the bathroom and takes her friend and they watch as Carmen's mother sets fire to the tub to get rid of the Godless Germ? The whole thing lights up and luckily the friend's dad is a fireman and shows up with a fire extinguisher to get things under control. Seriously, you just can't make this stuff up...and this is the stuff of funny women everywhere.
This book is a collection of stories and comics from 25 hilarious female writers whose names you will recognize instantly.
Cece Bell takes on Bob Franklin...or is it Ben Franklin along with Joyce Kilmer's beloved poem, Trees.
Added to the basic hilarity are a couple of strolls through all things female courtesy of Libba Bray for one. We take on periods and bras and the whole coming of age, welcome to the world of womanhood, through the eyes and comic genius minds of these accomplished females.
There is something for everyone here. Betsy Bird told me once that none other than Jon Scieszka says everyone's sense of humor is different..that's why humor doesn't win big book awards. She really went after that idea and put together a book with something to get everyone doing the big laugh..the one where you find tears rolling down your cheeks.
And hidden in the humor there are some great truths and genuine honest reassurance that we women are amazing and funny and we can stand strong and be whoever we want to be.
Need a good laugh? Right here, baby, right here.
218 pages 978-0451477316 Ages 9 and up
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
"Funny Girl is a collection of uproarious stories, rollicking comics, rib-tickling wit, and more, from 25 of today’s funniest female writers for kids.
What could be funnier than family? Read stories about Ursula Brown's grandmother driving her on a road trip to disaster, Lisa Brown's little brother getting a Tic-Tac stuck up his nose, and Carmen Agra Deedy's mom setting the bathtub on fire.
What could be funnier than friends? Pretty much nothing, as Rita Williams-Garcia shows two besties hatching a bird-brained scheme to get on to a TV talk show, and Deborah Underwood introduces a dynamic dog-and-cat duo teaming up on a pet advice column.
What could be funnier than YOU? Tell your future with Mad Libs, discover your Chinese Zodiac sign with Lenore Look, and learn the best tricks of the comedy trade from professional humorists like Adrianne Chalepah and Delaney Yeager.
With clever contributions from award-winning and bestselling authors including Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Shannon Hale, Lisa Graff, and Raina Telgemeier, this anthology of funny girls will make you laugh until you cry. Or cry until you laugh. Or maybe you won't cry at all. Either way, you'll definitely laugh.
Funny Girl isn’t just an anthology: it’s a cause, a mission, a movement. Girls are funny. Now it’s time for the world to know it."--from the publisher