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Can anyone recommend any funny MG books with male protagonists?

Many thanks!
#1 - June 22, 2013, 12:08 AM

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Wimpy Kid
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (+ his other books)
#2 - June 22, 2013, 05:45 AM
The Safest Lie in stores now
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The Alvin Ho books by Lenore Look are great, and I haven't read it yet but I've heard good things about Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
#3 - June 22, 2013, 05:57 AM
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« Last Edit: June 22, 2013, 06:35 AM by YAScribe »

The Fourth Stall and sequels.
#5 - June 22, 2013, 06:33 AM

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How about Mike Jung's book?
#6 - June 22, 2013, 07:01 AM

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I'm reading one right now called The Secret Country, book 1 in The Eidolon Chronicles. Here's the first paragraph of the blurb: Ben wants a Mongolian Fighting Fish more than anything. But when he goes to Mr. Dodd's Pet Emporium with his hard earned savings, he buys a cat instead. He doesn't have a choice, really. The cat insists.

It's fun so far!
#7 - June 22, 2013, 07:42 AM

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Storky, How I lost my nickname and got the girl
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Garfinkle (sp)
Also, Swim the Fly is suppose to be funny, though I've not read it.
#8 - June 22, 2013, 07:53 AM

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Hairaplenty, those are both more tween/lower YA, but yes, they're both very funny.

My son enjoyed the Big Nate books, the Alcatraz books by Brandon Sanderson, Ordinary Boy and its sequels by William Boniface, Calvin & Hobbes (ha), Pendragon series by DJ McHale (he says it can be funny, but there are some not-so-funny parts too), Guys Read: Funny Business -- to name a few.
#9 - June 22, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Wow, thanks for all the suggestions!

I think based on one of the comments and suggestions, I am looking for more lower ya/tween recommendations.

Many of these books are on my 8 year old's shelf. Is 8 considered MG?
#10 - June 22, 2013, 12:47 PM

Lower end of MG, sure. In that case I think you want Andrew Clements and Tom Angleberger.
#11 - June 22, 2013, 01:30 PM

It's been a while since I've read Storky (by our own Debby Garfinkle), but I remember it as solidly YA, not really younger YA, and wouldn't think its content appropriate for an 8 year old. But Debby's Zeke Meke chapter book series is definitely in that age range, with a funny male MC.
#12 - June 22, 2013, 01:52 PM

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THE BIG SPLASH by Jack Ferriaolo is funny!
#13 - June 22, 2013, 02:09 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now
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If you're looking for lower YA to mid-YA, Brent Crawford's Carter Finally Gets It is very funny. 
#14 - June 22, 2013, 02:47 PM
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This may go without saying, but no one has mentioned Roald Dahl yet. A lot of his books have boy MCs and they are hilarious!

And I second the Tom Angleberger rec!
#15 - June 22, 2013, 03:16 PM

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Fast and the Furious
Aliens on Vacation
False Prince
Edgar Allen and the Investigation Notebook
#16 - June 22, 2013, 04:12 PM
The GILDED series (Skyscape/ACP)
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Holes, of course, and anything else by Louis Sachar.

I'll second Andrew Clemment.

Also, the Accidental Zombie books by David Lubar.
#18 - June 22, 2013, 06:17 PM
Young Henry and the Dragon (2011, Shenanigan Books)

Artemis Fowl (The first one is especially funny, but all of them are good.)
The Percy Jackson books
I'd forgotten about Holes--that one is great.

#19 - June 22, 2013, 06:56 PM
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Thanks a lot for recommending my books!!! Cindy is right that Storky is a YA, but my Zeke Meeks series is geared to kids in elementary school. I second the David Lubar and Louis Sachar recommendations and also recommend Gordon Korman's funny books and Sanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee. My boys and I enjoyed all these.
#20 - June 23, 2013, 09:02 AM
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I loved COSMIC, STANFORD WONG..., the Percy Jackson series, the Alcatraz books, and SMELLS LIKE DOG and SMELLS LIKE TREASURE by Suzanne Selfors.
#21 - June 23, 2013, 12:48 PM
ANTIQUE PIANO & OTHER SOUR NOTES
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Kid Versus Squid and The Boy at the End of the World by
greg van eekhout.

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by our very own mike jung!
#22 - June 23, 2013, 05:05 PM
Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow: 4/28/09)
Fury of the Phoenix (Greenwillow: 3/30/11)
Serpentine (Month9Books: 9/1/15)

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Anything by Gordon Korman
(and I've been told the book on my avatar is funny)
#23 - June 23, 2013, 06:33 PM
Jody Feldman
The Seventh Level
The Gollywhopper Games series
HarperCollins/Greenwillow
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Spy School and Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
Will Hobbs books 
#24 - June 23, 2013, 08:44 PM
You must do the things you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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Cressida Cowell's books (how to train your dragon / how to be a pirate / etc...) are really humorous and perfect for age 8.
#25 - June 23, 2013, 09:39 PM
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Thanks, all! This has been hugely helpful. Now my son and I both have fully stocked summer TBR piles (upper MG/lower YA for me, lower MG for him)!
#26 - June 24, 2013, 05:22 PM

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I'm glad I checked in here  - am in the process of working on my first MG with a male protagonist - I did like Artemus Fowl though it did surprise me that a teenage mc would be a criminal.
#27 - July 12, 2013, 11:16 AM

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Brandon Mull has great MG books with with male MCs--The Beyonders comes to mind first, The Candy Shop Wars and his best series by far, Fablehaven. Of the three, I'd say the Candy Shop Wars is probably best for the younger audiences. Eight years old is perfect for it. The Beyonders and Fablehaven would be on the older MG side with Fablehaven maybe stretching into the lower YA, depending on the kid of course.
#28 - July 12, 2013, 01:38 PM
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Seek ye out of the best books...
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I highly recommend the Whole Nother Story books by Cuthbert Soup.
My almost 11 year old loves these. They're hilarious--plus it's about being on the run from the government and time travel!
#29 - July 12, 2013, 04:24 PM
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ameyers, Artemis is an anti-hero, and a really well-written one. Usually, I hate books with anti-heroes but Colfer does a good job of making Artemis just sympathetic enough. Later books introduce an array of other villains who push Artemis into the hero camp.
#30 - July 16, 2013, 10:30 PM

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