Funny Chapter Books

During my second week of summer break, I read some funny books. I like fractured fairy tales, the funny ones and the serious ones, so I was excited to read “Frogged” by Vivian Vande Velde, which is a very funny book about a princess that gets turned into a frog.
This is not a new idea, one of my favorite princess series is the “Tales of the Frog Princess” books by E.D. Baker. 

I love those books which are funny, lighthearted but full of creative ideas with magic. The princesses are never waiting around to be rescued, they are take-charge girls who solve their own problems. I recommend them to 3rd grade and above for princess and magic loving girls.

“Frogged” is also lighthearted, and also has a princess that is trying to solve her own problems instead of relying on others to save her.

I had never read anything from Vivian Vande Velde, so I thought I would try some more of her books. I read “Wizard at Work” next, which is a humorous book, but really is a bunch of short stories and I didn’t feel a lot of empathy with the wizard.

Then I read “Magic Can be Murder” which is not funny and definitely not for elementary school.  This book is about a witch in the middle ages, who is sexually harassed by an employer and then witnesses a murder. She is trying to escape detection as a witch at the same time she is trying to catch the murderer. Not funny, but suspenseful and good for middle school and above.
Then I moved on to Neil Gaiman, who is a master at scary and suspenseful. I was already a fan of his and have read several of his wonderful books and I have enjoyed the Dr. Who episodes he wrote. “Fortunately, the Milk” is quite a different book from his scary books. It’s a short book and would probably be a great read-aloud for younger students. Dad realizes there is no milk for breakfast and he runs out to get some. The kids are waiting impatiently for his return so they can eat their cereal. When he comes back the kids attack him with “What took you so long?” He then proceeds to tell them this crazy tale of what happened that includes alien abduction, time travel, balloon flying dinosaurs, giant jewels and more. Very funny with funny illustrations.

But my favorite book so far is Christopher Healy’s, “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom”. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book and I think boys would enjoy it as well as girls. The four Prince Charmings from the stories about Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, are all annoyed because the girls get all the glory and the boys just get called “Prince Charming”. They end up meeting each other and even though they have good intentions, they bumble around having crazy adventures and accidentily save the day. But they still don’t get recognition! Maybe they will in book two “The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle“, which I will be starting right away. I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations by Todd Harris were very humorous too.