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Title: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on October 24, 2009, 09:05 PM
Which do you consider the funniest picture books ever published?

My top three: The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide, Spinky Sulks by William Steig, and Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss.

Michael
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Post by: dianebailey on October 24, 2009, 09:27 PM
Golly, it's hard to pick, but off the top of my head, I did like Suddenly! by Colin McNaughton and Click, Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin.
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Post by: Natalie on October 25, 2009, 05:01 AM
I just read two books to 5th graders for character study mini-lessons (to identify how characters change from beginning of story to end) and two that ellicited lots of giggles even at this age were Kevin Henkes' LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE and CHESTER'S WAY.
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Post by: ekm on October 25, 2009, 05:51 AM
I adore The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch.  Most of his picture books are absolutely brilliant!
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Post by: buglady5 on October 25, 2009, 06:09 AM
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
Click Clack Moo
Diary of a Worm
Santa Cows
Hooway for Wodney Wat
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Post by: Karen Bly on October 25, 2009, 06:14 AM
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
Click Clack Moo
Diary of a Worm
Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby)
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Post by: Abracabarbara on October 25, 2009, 06:16 AM
The Miss Nelson Books and Skippy Jon Jones because of their clever plotting, unexpected endings and how the words and art are so happily married.

And altho it is not a picture book, I love Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile.

Some of Steig's do this too. (His works are a little more profound.)

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Post by: Zuzus Petals on October 25, 2009, 08:07 AM
Stinky Cheese Man
Miss Nelson is Missing
Goodnight Gorilla
Yummers
Scaredy Squirrel
John, Paul, George and Ben

I love James Stevenson and William Steig books as well.


Mary
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Post by: Tammi on October 25, 2009, 08:49 AM
Bark, George is one of my all time funny favorites.
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on October 25, 2009, 09:27 AM
My kids and I laughed out loud when we read Falling For Rapunzel.
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Post by: AmyD on October 25, 2009, 09:52 AM
My second-grader just brought home Doctor DeSoto by William Steig from his school library. I had never read it before and we both thought it was hysterical!
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Post by: eecoburn on October 25, 2009, 10:43 AM
My kids laugh out loud at The Hungry Thing, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Monster at the End of this Book, and Chickens to the Rescue
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Post by: Ellen on October 25, 2009, 11:14 AM
I Have to go Pee (not sure if that is the exact title) by Robert Munsch.
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Post by: Michael Sussman on October 25, 2009, 12:58 PM
Thanks for all these great titles. I'll have to go look some of them up!
Michael
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Post by: olmue on October 25, 2009, 01:04 PM
Company's Coming, by Arthur Yorinks (ill. by David Small).
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Post by: JodyJS on October 25, 2009, 01:36 PM
I agree with "Falling For Rapunzel."  Also "I Wanna Iguana."

Jody
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Post by: HollyB on October 25, 2009, 08:22 PM
Miss Alaneus by Debra Frasier
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Post by: whbeck on October 25, 2009, 09:00 PM
We just read Bark, George tonight--a definite favorite! My students are also crazy about Melanie Watt's books--Chester and Scaredy Squirrel.

Beck
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Post by: JenJ on October 25, 2009, 09:57 PM
I'd have to second (or third) the Scaredy Squirrel.  Just bought that one for my daughter and I don't know who cracked up more, me or her!

My other funny faves are:

Knuffle Bunny
Good Boy, Fergus!
Dog (by Van Fleet)--though, maybe this is more appropriately categorized as a board book
The Monster at the End of this Book
Diary of a Worm
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Post by: jeanne k on October 25, 2009, 10:08 PM
The Monster at the End of this Book (one of my favorite from when I was a kid, and also one my kids' favorites)
The Pigeon Books
Officer Buckle and Gloria

I think the Olivia books are hilarious. But, even though my kids love them, I don't think my kids think the books are as funny as I do.
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Post by: LDeg on October 26, 2009, 05:54 AM
Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch was always one of my kids' favorites - mine too!   :hahaha
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Post by: DianaM on October 26, 2009, 07:11 AM
Click Clack Moo

Falling for Rapunzel

The Cow that Laid an Egg

Beauty and the Beaks

Bark, George (almost forgot about that one)
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Post by: DianaM on October 26, 2009, 07:20 AM
Also...

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up her Wash
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Post by: blythe on October 26, 2009, 07:33 AM
The Dumb Bunnies and The Dumb Bunnies' Easter
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Post by: jeanne k on October 26, 2009, 08:26 AM
Also...

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up her Wash
I love that one!
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Post by: Mara on October 26, 2009, 09:26 AM
GUESS AGAIN! by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex.
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Post by: sarah_create on October 26, 2009, 10:36 AM
I agree with Bark, George.
 May I Bring A Friend by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers is also very funny.
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Post by: Ellen on October 26, 2009, 06:18 PM
Farmer Duck by Helen Oxenbury
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Post by: Kimberly Lynn on October 26, 2009, 07:40 PM
There are so many, but No, David! by David Shannon tops my list.  :dr
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Post by: JennaWren on October 27, 2009, 05:14 AM
Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch was always one of my kids' favorites - mine too!   :hahaha

I was just going to say that!  Hilarious!
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Post by: jeanreagan on October 27, 2009, 11:41 AM
Rhyming Dust Bunnies is pretty darn funny.  I haven't read it to kids, but I think they'd love it, especially!

Jean Reagan
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Post by: JodyJS on October 28, 2009, 10:52 AM
Because he nailed the mother of all page turns, Kevin Sherry's "I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean."   :bow

Jody
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Post by: DianaM on October 29, 2009, 07:35 PM
"Tippy, Tippy, Hide!"

(I keep remembering more)
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Post by: Kathy Lawrence on October 29, 2009, 07:53 PM
I agree with "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus," and pretty much all of Robert Munsch"s books. What can I say. My boys loved his stories. They couldn't get enough of them. Oh another series by Allen Morgan the titles would say, Matthew and the Midnight Turkeys, Tow Truck, Money Van and I've seen some new additions lately that he has added many more books to his series. I guess its still very popular. I read the first couple of stories to my boys in the early nineties.
                      
                                                                           Kathy
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Post by: JoS on October 30, 2009, 06:45 AM
I Love "Big Plans" by Bob Shea and Lane Smith. The energy and silliness and great feeling I get from that book - makes me laugh and want to take on the world!
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Post by: mrh on October 30, 2009, 07:07 AM
 Another vote for NO, DAVID by David Shannon. And I showed it to my son when he was 18 and he literally rolled on the floor.
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Post by: smichel on November 01, 2009, 11:25 AM
My favorite funniest picture books are: 1. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by Jon Szcieska (sp?)  2. Diary of a Worm, by Doreen Cronin  3. Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems. I also love so many others, especially Kevin Henkes's books. 

Stella
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Post by: carrierhawk on November 02, 2009, 10:06 PM
A lot of Mercer Mayer's Little Critter books make me laugh.
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Post by: JennaWren on November 03, 2009, 04:26 AM
I know these were already mentioned (at least, I think they were), but my kids and I cracked up last night over PIGEON WANTS A PUPPY (which I thought funnier than the bus) and KNUFFLE BUNNY.  Hilarious.
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Post by: df on November 03, 2009, 06:07 AM
THE STUPIDS DIE, by Harry Allard and James Marshall
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Post by: Abracabarbara on November 03, 2009, 06:15 AM
Yeah, they were a great team. I love their books.

David Shannon's The Bunyans
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on November 03, 2009, 07:25 AM
My son absolutely loves the Olivia books. Mainly because he sees her as a girl acting like a girl he knows . . . his sister . . . cute=  :waiting and sometimes not so cute:  :medusa
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Post by: fallpeople on November 03, 2009, 09:36 AM
Great recommendations on here! At my house we also love:

THE SINGING CHICK by Victoria Stenmark
LITTLE PEA by Amy Krause Rosenthal
HUSH LITTLE DRAGON by Blueboarder Boni Ashburn
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Post by: DianaM on November 03, 2009, 11:05 AM
"Little Pea" is one of my (our) favorites!
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Post by: Taylor on November 04, 2009, 08:31 AM
Imogene's Antlers by David Small is at the top of my family's funny list.

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Post by: eecoburn on November 04, 2009, 06:23 PM
They are technically easy readers, but right now, nothing is funnier to me than the Elephant and Piggy books by Mo Willems.  The adults and children in my family laugh hard.
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Post by: Gatz on December 02, 2009, 10:36 PM
Maybe not one of the funniest, but one of the neatest PBs is thread poster Deborah Freeman's Scribble.

Gatz
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Post by: BoniA on December 03, 2009, 08:51 PM
Thanks, fallpeople :)  Never thought I'd see my book on a list with something by Amy Krouse Rosenthal- you made my day!

I could never narrow my funny favorites down to only 3, but some recent favorites are the Monkey With A Toolbelt books by Chris Monroe, Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt and Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash.

Boni
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Post by: Michael Sussman on January 07, 2010, 11:53 AM
Okay, I've managed to read just about every title mentioned on this thread, and I find I'm sticking with my original three:
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide, Spinky Sulks by William Steig, and Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss.
I guess my taste in picture books is just old-fashioned...

Michael
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Post by: LoriA on January 07, 2010, 01:07 PM
This is a great list! Here are a couple more - Smitten, by David Gordon and Mother, Mother, I Want Another, by Maria Polushkin Robbins.
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Post by: Amy S on January 08, 2010, 05:04 AM
Officer Buckle and Gloria
-- or anything else by Peggy Rathman

Blue Moose -- okay this is a chapter book but we used it as a read-aloud
by Daniel (Manny) Pinkwater
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Post by: Donna Farley on January 08, 2010, 12:23 PM
Jelly Belly, by Dennis Lee, and illustrated by Juan Wingaard

Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends

Wallace Tripp's A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied His Horse to Me

any of Graham Oakley's Church Mice books
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Post by: Amaris Glass on January 09, 2010, 04:02 PM
I'm not necessarily super well-versed in picture books, but the one I buy over and over for birthdays is The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle. Hilarious and clever and I love the illustrations.
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Post by: skate on January 09, 2010, 04:20 PM
My children love "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson and "Goo Goo Gorilla" by Ian Whybrow. :cookiemonster
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Post by: SHRous on January 09, 2010, 05:41 PM
Jackalope...my assistant has learned not to shelve books when I read it because it is unnerving to children to hear an adult cackling, giggling, and possibly rolling on the floor laughing.  The Wolf Who Cried Boy is another big hit that makes me laugh, even as I read it to the eighth second grade class that year.

Click, Clack, Moo and Duck for President are also winners!
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Post by: Rena on January 10, 2010, 06:02 PM
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

However, I didn't care for the sequels quite as much.
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Post by: jenniferfisher on January 10, 2010, 06:31 PM
Tommy at the Grocery Store. 
Fish is Fish. 
Just a Nap
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Post by: EbunAdewumi on March 08, 2010, 07:42 AM
All Miss Nelson books
Wiggle Waggle
Anything by Suess
Anything by Shel Silvertsetin
Fancy Nancy
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Post by: Pam on March 08, 2010, 09:04 AM
What are YOU so Grumpy About? by Tom Lichtenheld (anything by him is hilarious)

Parts by Tedd Arnold

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Post by: aclaire1980 on March 16, 2010, 05:21 PM
There are so many picture books that make me laugh. Here are just a few:

No, David! by David Shannon
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by: Doreen Cronin
The Napping House by: Audrey Wood
Diary of a Worm by: Doreen Cronin
Book! Book! Book! by: Deborah Bruss
The Gift of Nothing by: Patrick McDonnel
My Friend Rabbit by: Eric Rohmann
Knuffle Bunny by: Mo Willems (I could especially relate to this book when my son was learning to speak)
Knuffle Bunny Too by: Mo Willems
Good Night, Gorilla by: Peggy Rathmann
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Post by: MarchHare on May 02, 2010, 06:14 PM
A list of funny books would just not be complete without the names of authors

Margie Palatini (Boo Hoo, Bedhead) and SO MANY MORE!!
Carolyn Crimi (Boris & Bella, Don't Need Friends) and SO MANY MORE!
MJ Auch (Bantam of the Opera)
Pamela Duncan Edwards (DINORELLA, SOME SMUG SLUG) and SO MANY MORE!
Helen Lester who was already mentioned (HOOWAY FOR WODNEY WAT) and SO MANY MORE!
Kevin Henkes who was also mentioned (LILY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE) and so MANY MORE!
Melanie Watts who was also mentioned (CHESTER, CHESTER'S BACK)
and Of course I LOVE Doreen Cronin's CLICK CLACK MOO, etc!


 :chickendance

Just to name a few!

Lynne Marie Pisano


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Post by: Kelly on May 04, 2010, 04:24 PM
Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illus. by Adam Rex   I giggled, my kids giggled, and I read it to different grade school classes and they are always rolling!  :dr
Much of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.  I've loved and laughed through that book hundreds of times since childhood.
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Post by: Franzilla on June 11, 2010, 11:36 AM
Sandra Boynton's books usually make me laugh – the animals have such funny expressions. I love Olivia. I also loved Giraffes Can't Dance - it has great rhyme but also the illustrations of the MC (a male giraffe) getting his grooves on are priceless! Mr Men books always give me a giggle - Roger Hargreaves always manages to make funny twists on standard phrases (like Little Miss Chatterbox could talk the hind leg off an elephant).
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Post by: TMarie on June 11, 2010, 07:55 PM
Big Chickens Fly The Coop by, Leslie Helakoski
Chicken Dance by, Tammi Sauer
Chicken Soup by, Jean Van Leeuwan

I just think chickens are funny in general ! Even the name  CHICKEN is silly!

And check out, Mouse Was Mad by, Linda Urban

Your sure to get a chuckle! :chickendance 
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Post by: Kathy Lawrence on June 11, 2010, 08:15 PM
Definitely, "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munch and I think its called "What Was I Afraid Of" By Dr. Seuss. Its the story about the pale green pants with nobody inside them. Some times I take it out of the library to read. I take out all kinds of picture books to read. But I take that one out the most often. Well not that often. Just sometimes.
                                                                     Kathy  :chesirecat
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Post by: Lunchbox on June 11, 2010, 09:24 PM
Go Dog, Go! by P.D.Eastman still cracks me up.

Pirate Soup   by Mercer Meyer, who also did the Little Critter series.

Almost anything by Dr. Suess! ( I loved that pale green pants story when I was a kid--also Bartholomew Cubbins and the Oobleck)

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Post by: AKB on June 13, 2010, 09:53 AM
I used to love "THe Monster At The End Of This Book" by Jon Stone.  I got the biggest kick out of turning the pages in this book when I was a child.

"Down By The Bay" by Raffi is a great laugh too.
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Post by: KDuBayGillis on June 13, 2010, 10:30 AM
Has anyone read the Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out (Big Time) by Troy Cummings?  Hysterical. 
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Post by: AKB on June 13, 2010, 03:23 PM
Has anyone read the Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out (Big Time) by Troy Cummings?  Hysterical. 
No but I'd like to! That sounds hysterical! :)
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Post by: Jean Reidy on June 13, 2010, 04:54 PM
Most of my favs have already been mentioned but add
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
and
CLICK, CLACK, MOO - COWS THAT TYPE.
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Post by: Aud on June 13, 2010, 07:02 PM
A bit late to the party....

Bob Shea's BIG PLANS and NEW SOCKS.
Chris Barton's SHARK VS. TRAIN
Ramona Badescu's BIG RABBIT'S BAD MOOD

LOVE those books!
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Post by: Abracabarbara on June 14, 2010, 04:02 PM
Bob Shea's BIG PLANS and NEW SOCKS.
Chris Barton's SHARK VS. TRAIN

Tops. Barb
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Post by: Mike Jung on June 14, 2010, 04:13 PM
I don't know about funniest ever, but my daughter and I are both huge fans of Adam Rex's FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH and FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE. I'm also terribly amused by A BIRTHDAY FOR COW by Jan Thomas.
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Post by: heatherayris on June 14, 2010, 04:47 PM
My little guy and I have been enjoying FRANK WAS A MONSTER WHO WANTED TO DANCE by Keith Graves. We especially think it's funny when his brain falls out. :chickendance
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Post by: Michael Sussman on June 16, 2010, 06:00 PM

Almost anything by Dr. Suess! ( I loved that pale green pants story when I was a kid--also Bartholomew Cubbins and the Oobleck)



Thanks, Lunchbox, for alerting me to the "pale green pants story" which is titled What Was I Scared Of? It's very good, and is part of a  Seuss collection I'd never seen before, Sneetches and Other Stories. The title story is hilarious and, like most of Seuss' stories, contains a great message. And he makes it look so easy!
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Post by: joypainter on June 17, 2010, 11:04 AM
RE:Has anyone read the Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out (Big Time) by Troy Cummings?  Hysterical.

Thanks for "fun" info.... will have to check it out.  It will be good research for my competition since the main character in my "PB-to-be" is a spider. 
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Post by: inluvwithwords on August 07, 2010, 05:21 PM
Oh, all of Robert Munsch's books are awesome. My girls are in their twenties now, but still if we see any of his books in the book store we have to pick them up and reminisce about how much we love them.
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Post by: J-Bert on August 11, 2010, 02:28 PM
Lots of titles here I'm going to have to check out! Some of my favorite funny PBs are: Click Clack Moo, the Pigeon books, Traction Man is Here!, Granny Gomez & Jigsaw, Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo, Santa Claus the World's Number 1 Toy Expert, Sheep in a Jeep, and The Secret Life of Walter Kitty.

I know there are many more that I'm not thinking of right now.
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Post by: Franzilla on August 12, 2010, 11:16 AM
I just got two funny books and although they've undoubtedly been mentioned already, I felt compelled to add them just in case:

Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, ills by Kevin Hawkes.
What? cried Granny, by Kate Lum, ills by Adrian Johnson. (Thanks, Lill, for that recommendation several months ago... it's been a non-stop favourite since it arrived in the house!)
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Post by: Franzilla on August 12, 2010, 11:17 AM
PS Michael Sussman, in case you're reading this, I hope you saw on writeoncon.com yesterday that your book came up as being many agents' favourite book for voice? I thought that was an amazing endorsement for you!
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Post by: Michael Sussman on August 12, 2010, 04:43 PM
Thanks, FranzisKa, that's wonderful to hear!
I wasn't aware of that website.
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Post by: LoriA on September 13, 2010, 10:13 PM
I'm adding the newly released Jake Goes Peanuts, by Michael Wright. My kids laughed out loud more than once. Very funny rhyming PB.
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Post by: Jean Reidy on September 14, 2010, 08:10 AM
Ooh definitely, SHARK VS. TRAIN and SCAREDY SQUIRREL. How could I forget these on my first list?
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Post by: JodyJS on September 14, 2010, 08:19 AM
I just read MY NAME IS DUG by Kiki Thorpe.  The MC is the dog from the movie "Up."  I wasn't sure about a movie-tie-in book, but this one is fuuuuunnnnnyyyyy!   :dog3

I love all these great recommendations.  Thanks, everyone!
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Post by: deegarret on September 14, 2010, 08:46 AM
PANCAKE PIE by Sven Nordqvist was a favorite of both my children. It's about a farmer who goes to extraordinary lengths to bake a pancake pie for his cat's birthday.
 
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on September 18, 2010, 02:58 PM
A couple of new favorites to add to the list. Well, one isn't so new but my son brought it home from the school library and we all laughed when he read it:

Dumb Bunnies by Dav Pilkey


The other I found at B&N while on a research visit . . . it was so funny I read it to my kids while we were in the children's section and other people stopped to listen:

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein    Here is a link to the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqB-Jue1oeA

Fun illos - fun text in both of the titles
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Post by: lab on October 02, 2010, 06:25 AM
Bubba, the Cowboy Prince....Helen Ketterman  (clever and funny)
 :lol2
Josh McBroom and the Big Wind.....Sid Fleischman  (ancient, I know, but probably the most I ever laughed, while reading a book) :lol2
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Post by: AKB on November 17, 2010, 06:54 PM
Most of my favs have already been mentioned but add
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY


THIS is an absolute favorite of mine.
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Post by: Margaret G on December 02, 2011, 08:52 PM
This is a great topic.
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny! by Jan Thomas
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
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Post by: Michael Sussman on December 03, 2011, 01:29 PM
I read quite a few PBs this past year, but I'm sticking with my old favorite, THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN.
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on December 03, 2011, 03:23 PM
The one PB guaranteed to make me laugh out loud & often (which made it really tough to get the kids to sleep when I'd read it to them) is:

Dr. Seuss's SLEEP BOOK.

OMG! The first time I read it I had tears streaming down my face I was laughing so hard. I didn't think I'd ever get my daughter to sleep.
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Post by: Ravyn2002 on December 03, 2011, 07:03 PM
Plenty of must read titles posted here!!!

I read one this summer that I thought was both witty and funny.  RHYMING DUST BUNNIES by Jan Thomas.   :bunnyrun
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Post by: christripp on December 04, 2011, 03:33 AM
8 year old grandson who, HATES to read,  loves all of the "Scardy Squirrel" books by Melanie  Watt. The sort of funny book that appeals to both  the adult reader and the child being read to!
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Post by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi on December 08, 2011, 12:51 PM
Would also like to suggest (skimmed the thread, apologies if these have been mentioned already):

SAY HELLO TO ZORRO! by Carter Goodrich

CLICK, CLACK, MOO: Cows That Type - by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Any of the Pigeon books by Mo Willems

:-)

Debbie
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Post by: natlovesbooks on December 09, 2011, 04:31 AM
I have always loved, MY LITTLE SISTER ATE ONE HARE by Bill Grossman
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Post by: mrsbear on December 23, 2011, 04:56 PM
My grandson laughed all the way through Mo Willems' We Are in a Book!

Ellen Ramsey
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Post by: Mike Jung on December 23, 2011, 05:07 PM
A new release: Jon Klassen's I WANT MY HAT BACK is awesome. I almost hurt myself laughing at the end of it.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Jodell Sadler on April 19, 2012, 04:52 PM
I mentioned this title on another thread, but I think Prudence Wants A Pet by Kathleen Daly takes the prize. Making a Branch, a Twig, Footwear a pet is just a hoot. Once Prudence thinks little brothers might be a good pet, Mom and Dad cave in and get a pet, who Prudence names Branch. The images are funny. It's just way LOL.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: CaroleB on April 29, 2012, 05:40 AM
I'm adding my newest fave:
OTTO GROWS DOWN by our very own Michael Sussman.

Folks, it's ridiculously funny. It has some of this  :babygirl, this  :bp, this  :yo, this  :taz:, this  :envy: and ends with this :hug.

Carole  :yup
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: maxi on April 29, 2012, 06:31 AM
Definitely 'I Want My Hat Back' - Oh wow - I watched it being read on YouTube last week - even funnier! My twelve year old son almost choked he was laughing so hard.

The Cow That Laid an Egg
Whatever
Dinosaur Vs Bedtime

All very funny! x
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: pjlyons on April 29, 2012, 07:21 AM
Imogene's Antlers
Wooway for Wodney Wat
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Dani Duck on April 29, 2012, 08:39 AM
BUT NOT THE HIPPOPOTAMUS by Sandra Boynton - My favourite board book ever!

THE MISSING PIECE by Shel Silverstien - One of my favourite authors ever!

I swear I know more that people haven't mentioned, but nothing is coming to mind now.
 
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on April 29, 2012, 09:27 AM
I'm adding my newest fave:
OTTO GROWS DOWN by our very own Michael Sussman.

Folks, it's ridiculously funny. It has some of this  :babygirl, this  :bp, this  :yo, this  :taz:, this  :envy: and ends with this :hug.

Carole  :yup

Thanks, Carole!
Scott Magoon deserves much credit for his wonderful illustrations.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: amberturner on April 29, 2012, 02:46 PM
I second the OTTO GROWS DOWN vote. So funny and so sweet at the same time.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: CaroleB on April 30, 2012, 06:41 AM
I was going to add my book on this post, but rats(!), :slaphead: it hasn't been published.  :shrug:

Carole  :whistle

Imogene's Antlers
Wooway for Wodney Wat

Wooway for Wodney Wat sounds hilarious. I'll have to find that book, pjlyons.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Jodell Sadler on May 01, 2012, 03:20 PM
I'd love to see your book posted here, CaroleB.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: CarrieLee on May 10, 2012, 12:04 PM
I always always get my way, by Thad Krasnesky is right up there for me. 
So is A Porcupine named Fluffy, by Helen Lester...
and Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin....
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on June 23, 2012, 07:44 PM
The new PB, Z IS FOR MOOSE, is hilarious & has a sweet ending. It's by Kelly Bingham and Paul Zelinsky.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Anissa on June 23, 2012, 08:00 PM
Just tonight we were laughing again at WHAT WILL FAT CAT SIT ON? I remember the first time I read it to my boys...they were almost rolling on the floor!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: DonnaE on June 23, 2012, 08:12 PM
I don't know if this has been listed... but my most recent favorite is CHICKEN CHEEKS. http://www.amazon.com/Chicken-Cheeks-Michael-Ian-Black/dp/1416948643 SOOOO fabulous. The story is told in the pictures for the most part. You have to watch for the action...and it is hilarious!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: KatyD on June 24, 2012, 12:56 PM
I just read Chris Haughton's OH NO, GEORGE! Cracked me up! If you have a dog, you need to read this one. And even if you don't, it's still a fun read.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on July 20, 2012, 08:23 AM
Here's a classic that I somehow missed along the way:
John Agee's THE INCREDIBLE PAINTING OF FELIX CLOUSSEAU.
It's magical & hilarious.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Pam on July 20, 2012, 09:31 AM
I have a new favorite: Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb.

And, yeah...Michael's books are hilarious!!!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: AmandaSue on July 20, 2012, 09:52 AM
I just checked out "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" by Kevin Sherry. It was the first PB I've really laughed at in a long time. I love the ending!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: JodyJS on July 20, 2012, 04:55 PM
Kelly DiPucchio's GILBERT GOLDFISH WANTS A PET is fun and funny!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: macdibble on September 14, 2012, 07:46 PM
Gasp! by Terry Denton and the follow up books about a fish out of water (also is now a weird cartoon).
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on September 15, 2012, 07:59 AM
I discovered a very amusing 1982 PB: BEA & MR. JONES by Amy Schwartz
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: AmyD on September 15, 2012, 09:50 AM
Has anyone read THE PRINCESS AND THE PIG, by Jonathan Emmett, illos. by Poly Bernatene? I blogged about it this week and it cracked me up.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: mrsbear on September 15, 2012, 04:58 PM
Here are a few laugh-out-loud books that I love--

Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy
Ice Cream Larry by Daniel Pinkwater
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra
Miss Twiggley’s Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox
Dragons Hate to Be Discreet by Winifred Rosen
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on March 28, 2013, 05:39 PM
New & highly amusing: EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse and Tom Lichtenheld.

I've been fiddling around with a punctuation story myself, but they beat me to it! %#$*#
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: KatyD on March 28, 2013, 07:03 PM
I read that recently, Michael. It's very clever!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Andrea Mack on May 05, 2013, 05:10 AM
My kinder students all loved I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. And they love anything by Mo Willems.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: smichel on May 05, 2013, 05:56 AM
Michael, I love The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau -- hilarious! I often read it to my students.  Another incredibly funny book is Rotten Teeth, by Laura Simms.

Stella
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on May 05, 2013, 09:00 AM
Thanks, Stella, I'll have to take a look at ROTTEN TEETH. THE INCREDIBLE PAINTING is incredible.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: chip.amber on May 05, 2013, 10:54 AM
Maybe it's not so funny, but I do really love "Where the wild things are"
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: tzippy on May 05, 2013, 12:26 PM
Too many posts to see if this has been listed already, but Daniel and Kill PInkwater's Irving and Muktuk books totally crack me up every time I read them.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: taralazar on May 28, 2013, 06:17 PM
Michael, did anyone mention OTTO GROWS DOWN? Your book? Because it is one of the funniest I've ever read!

We also love ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT for its quirky humor.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Michael Sussman on May 30, 2013, 08:03 AM
Thanks, Tara! Yes, Otto was mentioned a couple of times, which warms my heart. (Especially since it's going out of print  :cry2)

We're all looking forward to Monstore!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: taralazar on May 30, 2013, 03:05 PM
Thanks, Michael!!!

 :love4:
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: couchmine on June 15, 2013, 12:07 PM
Duck! Rabbit! or The Wonderful Thing About Hiccups or Shark vs. Train
Mo Willems
Klassen, and the Klassen-esque: Beware of the Frog and The Odd Egg

Great post, guys! I feel a reading list coming on.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Tammi on June 15, 2013, 02:21 PM
My absolute favorite new funny pb:  THE WATERMELON SEED by Greg Pizzoli.  :yeah
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: DianaM on June 16, 2013, 08:05 PM
I'm loving THE GREAT LOLLIPOP CAPER. So funny!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: LoriA on June 19, 2013, 09:26 AM
IT'S MONDAY, MRS. JOLLY BONES! got a lot of laughs from my kids. It starts slow, with daily chores to be done, but the result of each chore is hilarious.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Kimberly Lynn on June 20, 2013, 06:51 AM
Here are a few of my favorites:

Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb
Illustrations by Joe Berger

Note:  My grandson and I included this picture book in our community helpers unit.  I blogged about it here:

http://kimberlylynn1020.blogspot.com/2013/05/community-helpers-unit.html


And we adore these picture books too:

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Illustrations by Don Wood

Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
(Everyone can appreciate those toddler meltdowns in the grocery store.  LOL! :faint )

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio  :grin3
Illustrations by Scott Campbell



Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: LoriA on June 21, 2013, 04:28 PM
Another new one: MUSTACHE BABY. The final spread is genius!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on June 21, 2013, 04:48 PM
Dragons Love Tacos.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Laura Murray on June 27, 2013, 07:43 AM
I love "Little Pea" and "Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs"
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Andi W. on September 29, 2013, 05:38 AM
How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans by David LaRochelle.  Brilliant!
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: bugaboo on September 29, 2013, 11:03 AM
I don't think I could choose, but right now my kids laugh their heads off at Dragons Love Tacos and Dirt Boy.  I love Dirt Boy mostly because I think Fister Farnello is about the best character name in the history of picture books.  :pp
I love Who's Got The Apple.  Not necessarily laugh out loud funny, but it still fits on this list for me. 
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: JodyJS on September 29, 2013, 09:13 PM
I'm Bored, illustrated by our own Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Hysterical.
Title: Re: Funniest Picture Books Ever?
Post by: Laura L. Sullivan on September 30, 2013, 05:25 AM
Go Track A Yak is one of my son's favorites -- and mine. It is by Tony Johnston, illus. by Tim Raglin.